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Information on forks/springers/shocks
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Went to a vintage show yesterday and was heading down the highway at about 60mph. Over every bridge joint the front end of the bike had a terrible bounce. Had a tough time even holding on to the grips. Much worse that it has ever been. I haven't checked the forks lately. Where should I start. It is possibly the forks needing to be rebuilt or the neck bearings. Thoughts please.
Thanks Dale. that was my first thought also. I have been reading a thread about poor fork rebonding and moving to 30 wt fork oil. I am going to drain the forks and use the 30 wt and see what happens. I will let you know.
If your forks are not bottoming out, and if they are not topping out, heavier oil will only make them stiffer when hitting bumps. I am going to try a little lighter weight oil now that my forks are working properly with 30 wt. They are stiff now.
I tried all of the shortcuts to good forking, and I can tell you from experience, that they don't work. If it doesn't handle right, fix it right. Mine took a total rebuild, except for bushings. New springs, complete damper units, and 30 wt. fork oil. You also want to check your wheel balance, and spoke tightness. Sometimes a bad rear setup such as loose spokes, can cause a lot of different problems. It kind of sounds like you just assumed because it worked last season, it would work now. I found that absolutely is not the way things go. I don't think neck problems would cause your symptoms, but just use your manual to check them. Good luck, and ride safe!