Telescopic fork bolt hole

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Telescopic fork bolt hole

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My '54 VH500 came without forks and now I have attached some I have a bolt hole in each side of the yoke that has no obvious use. Please see photo. I can't find reference to it in Drags drawings. I believe the front brake cable abutment is part of the mudguard centre stay so I do not think either bolt hole is concerned with the brake set up. I should be grateful for any advice.
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Dennis - I think those holes are for some of the headlight cowl mounting screws (1956-on).

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Simon,

Thank you that makes sense. I have no cowl but I have a self-contained headlight so I don't need to use those bolt holes.
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Hi Dennis,

For 1954 the yokes should be minus the steering lock boss, I may have a spare one if you want to but the correct yoke on at some point.
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Rob,
Thank you and that is interesting. My original yokes had the steering lock sawn off for some reason and rather badly done. Not knowing any better I replaced the yoke with a steering lock minus the key barrel that I do not have.
The bike is a bitsa because the seller only had an engine and frame so originality is not so important to me. I get bits where I can. Having said that the restoration is coming along nicely with engine and gearbox in place in a newly painted frame and wheels on. It is now largely a matter of bolting bits on.
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In the photo the frame is for a steering lock - maybe a late '54 (so a '55 model).

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