RE: [CR]Lambert/ Viscount ...results of completely unscientific and probably irrelevant poll


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Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 16:34:57 -0400
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "Larry Osborn" <losborn2@wvu.edu>
Subject: RE: [CR]Lambert/ Viscount ...results of completely unscientific and probably irrelevant poll
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At 10:34 AM 7/29/2005, you wrote:
>
>Dave Van Hook wrote:
> > There have been 22 individual members who "admitted" owning at
> > least one Lambert or Viscount either now or at some time in
> > the past.
> > No one indicated a fork failure ( the dead did not respond ! ).
>
>If we extend that to all the people we've known or heard reliable
>reports about, and all the Lambert/Viscounts we've seen come through all
>the bike shops we've visited/worked at, do we still have zero busted
>death forks?
>
>Zero for me by those standards (I think), and I worked at a large shop
>that sold quite a few, from early lugged Lamberts right through to the
>end of Yamaha.
>
>I still wouldn't ride one though.
>
>Mark Bulgier
>Seattle WA USA

For whatever it's worth, I know of one broken fork. BikeCentennial TransAm rider in 1976. Don't remember now if it was a Lambert or Viscount. Happened quite early in his ride across country, just starting down a mountain, so it could have been much worse moments later at higher speed. I met him a month or so after the crash, after he got out of the hospital and recovered enough to start riding again and re-join his group. Still pretty banged up, but riding. By the standards of the time, whichever of the various companies was in operation then was "actively involved" in getting him healed and back on the road on the bicycle of his choice.

No matter how paranoid I am, I'm not paranoid enough. Larry "Lambert/Viscount-free, -phobe" Osborn Morgantown WV