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New England Riders - Racing Trivia - Joe Bolger One of New England's best-liked motorcyclists was Joe Bolger, a self-taught designer and engineer who worked in metal and wood in a small shop behind his home in Barre, Massachusetts. In he created a linked, rising-rate, long-travel suspension. Rising-rate linkages are not new, but if you're looking for the father of the idea, you have to go back to the early?70s and New England inventor Joe Bolger. Long-travel suspension was a new movement in the?70s, but as racers started moving their shocks forward on their swingarms, they discovered that. One of New England's best-liked motorcyclists was Joe Bolger, a self-taught designer and engineer who worked in metal and wood in a small shop behind his home in Barre, Massachusetts. In he created a linked, rising-rate, long-travel suspension that was put into production as the OSSA BLT, meaning "Bolger Long. When Joe Bolger's older brother, Jack, returned to the family property near Richmond, Prince Edward Island, after the Second World War, he told . Instead of relying on shocks as long as 45 cm to increase suspension travel, Bolger developed a rocking-beam design that took the strain off damper rods and. Ossa suspension designed by Joe Bolger, Five-time New England Scrambles Champion, mid s and s. Designer and manufacturer of motorcycle tools. Long-time contributing editor for Cycle World, Cycle Sport; engineer and designer. Modern dirt bikes owe their design to the many years of evolution. Here's a picture of the very first single shock system using the knuckle arrangement. As reader Beale D said when he submitted this find, "the price is insane but check out that rear suspension!" Joe Bolger was a pioneer of American motocross - his work led him to an induction in the AMA Hall of Fame. One of his odder contributions was his pitch to OSSA to utilize a. Joseph Bolger seeks to combine technical excellence with a no holds barred approach to the expressive potential of the voice. In opera and concert he has worked for companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, New Chamber Opera, Armonico Consort, Ensemble Serse and Size Zero Missing: suspension. Anyway if you ever saw the Bolger rear suspension that came on some of the Ossa Phantoms circa it was strange to say the least. Joe Bolger was in attendance and was a prince of a guy and without any further ado a few shots of Joe proving it works. This particular Ossa (his) was part of the display of.