PackardV8 wrote:Just randomly, the ball system is usually a few ounces lighter than a typical roller and races. It's also often self-contained rather than separate race.
And yes, I remember back in the bad ol days, a few long fast interstate rides and the Triumph/BSA races would have indents from the loose balls and the steering would develop a ratchety feel. They had to be replaced every few years.
I'd assume for straightaway work, you'd prefer the '67 and later frame with more rake/trail, but I've never forgiven them for the change, because I'd grown up with the early bikes and they just felt more lively in the seat.
Olefud wrote:Ball bearings have somewhat less static drag. They can fret more readily if towed for long on a bumpy trailer or such.
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