Transferred post,Orginator: Kasperwing
I for one am most grateful that this is being discussed. When I read the article in question, i was puzzled to say the least.
I wish that Mr. Fior was around. I have a strong tendancy to trust & believe Norman. It is entirely possible that he was first. It is ( sad to say ) also possible he was not. This reminds me of the first flight made by man. Orville & Wilber Wright get the credit... but there is substantial eveidence that others were first to fly. The thing is, is how accurate is the eveidence...etc etc. The bike ( awesome) made by John Brittian ( sp) used a very similar "hossack style" fork. Maybe that avenue could be explored as a way to back track, and link Norman to the true inventor of the "HOSSACK FORK". Another thing... that in BMW's literature they mention Norman Hossack, but not Mr. Fior.
Common sence says that their is no reason for Norman to just make this up or in other words lie. On a personal level I beleive Norman's side of the story.
Life can truly be cruel and unjust. If Norman can reasonably prove he is the inventor, then we, as fellow affectionados of the Hossak fork should afford Norman his just accolades & recognition...that he so richly deserves. Never mind the rest of the world. We know what we know and that is good.....or at least lets pray this is so.
I still say we should all pitch in and buy him a K12S/R if he would accept it.
Holy internal combustion, I love motorcycles!