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  • Motorcycle accessories

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    Motorcycle accessories are features and accessories selected by a motorcycle owner to enhance safety, performance, or comfort, and may include anything from mobile electronics to sidecars and trailers. An accessory may be added at the factory by the original equipment manufacturer or purchased and installed by the owner post-sale as aftermarket goods.

  • Swingarm

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    Plunger suspension on a 1953 BMW R51/3 A swingarm, or "swinging arm" (UK), originally known as a swing fork or pivoted fork, is the main component of the rear suspension of most modern motorcycles and ATVs. It is used to hold the rear axle firmly, while pivoting vertically, to allow the suspension to absorb bumps in the road. Originally motorcycles had no rear suspension, as their frames were little more than stronger versions of the classic diamond frame of a bicycle. Many types of suspension were tried, including Indian's leaf spring suspended swingarm, and Matchless's cantilevered coiled-spring swingarm. Immediately before and after World War II, the plunger suspension, in which the axle moved up and down two vertical posts, became commonplace. In the latter, the movement in each direction was against coiled springs. Some manufacturers, such as Greeves, used swingarm designs for the front forks, which were more robust than telescopic forks. In particular, sidecar motocross outfits frequently use swing arm front forks. The swingarm has also been used for the front suspension of scooters. In this case it aids in simplifying maintenance. In motorcycles with shaft drive, such as the Yamaha XJ650 Maxim, the shaft housing forms the left side swingarm. Yamaha XJ650 Maxim has a driveshaft forming the left swingarm

  • Daniel Peirce

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    Daniel William Peirce (born May 21, 1959) is an American photographer, author, entrepreneur and philosopher, best known for his fine art photography representing the style and design of the motorcycle engine. Peirce completed a decade-long portfolio of photographs titled The Up-N-Smoke Engine Project, resulting in a photography book The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine, studying the light, shadows and graphic nature of motorcycle engines. Known in the industry as "Lord of Light, Master of the Pixel", Peirce's style emphasizes utilizing the natural occurrences of shape, shadow, and highlights found in manufactured materials and highlighted by his studio photography techniques.

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