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Craven Carriers

nkt267

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VOC Member
Has anyone got photos or mounting instructions for a set of '60's Craven carriers for a Vincent.The type I'm looking for have a mounting on to the footrest plates and 'swinging' joints at the rear seat mount..John
 

ET43

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Craven rack

As a previous owner of the Craven Equipment business, I'd be interested in seeing a picture of such a rack, as to the best of my knowledge, they never made a rack that fitted to the Vincent foot rest plates. I had posession of over 350 works drawings, and there was only ever one rack, with varying side pieces, that was made top fit the Vincent. The very first rack was slightly different in as much that it did not fix to the nose of the saddle, and I've never sen one. Tony Wheatley was the only chap that I know of who made a fully sprung carrier that had a swinging link which allowed the friction dampers to be fitted withou increasing the spring rate, I believe. I have a vast photographic archive of Craven racks,fittings, fasteners and general hardware if this helps, but would need more specific info to look for suitable images. I sold all the Craven items to Draganfly Motorcycles two years ago, and to date, they have done nothing with it. They also have the jigs, etc, for the rack that I designed which worked on the same mounting principle, so it looks as that is dead too.
Phil ET43 Primmer
 

indianken

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Non-VOC Member
Phil,

I would be very interested in seeing a photo or perhaps a drawing of the type of sprung mount you designed as I will soon be trying to building one for a friends Rapide. Much better than me trying to, "reinvent the wheel".
Sad that Dragonfly seems to be dragging their feet on the Craven business.

Thanks,
Ken Smith

As a previous owner of the Craven Equipment business, I'd be interested in seeing a picture of such a rack, as to the best of my knowledge, they never made a rack that fitted to the Vincent foot rest plates. I had posession of over 350 works drawings, and there was only ever one rack, with varying side pieces, that was made top fit the Vincent. The very first rack was slightly different in as much that it did not fix to the nose of the saddle, and I've never sen one. Tony Wheatley was the only chap that I know of who made a fully sprung carrier that had a swinging link which allowed the friction dampers to be fitted withou increasing the spring rate, I believe. I have a vast photographic archive of Craven racks,fittings, fasteners and general hardware if this helps, but would need more specific info to look for suitable images. I sold all the Craven items to Draganfly Motorcycles two years ago, and to date, they have done nothing with it. They also have the jigs, etc, for the rack that I designed which worked on the same mounting principle, so it looks as that is dead too.
Phil ET43 Primmer
 

roy the mechanic

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VOC Member
craven frame

When I bought my rapide the seller reckoned west country sidecars as a source to purchase a suitable frame for the Panniers+ top box. Hope this helps, Roy.
 

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