To link it to Excelsiors past, the new Super X recalls some of its distinguishing features, such as tank-top instruments, an Excelsior innovation. The unsprung “streamline” frame, which drew its top frame line straight from steering head to rear axle for styling considerations and to lower the seat, is emulated in the single-shock rear suspension design. Two-tone paint schemes were another innovation. But the most obvious styling cue derived from the Super X of old is the front suspension, which, like the 1920’s system, passes through the front fender, has exposed springs, and mounts the headlight up high. Unlike the 1929 machine, which used slender tubing for its fork, the modern machine has a relatively massive fork, and this aspect of the styling is most frequently cited by those who don’t like the looks. Another version (likely to be called the American X) is planned for the future, and we suspect it will have a conventional telescopic fork.