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Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride


    I should try metzelers; the dunlops are definitely the weak link as far as cornering, besides the limited ground clearance

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    yea I run 40psi in the rear, the sidewalls are stiff, but I can feel when the pressure is lower. I've never experienced the Front end shake others complain about and I ride a tad bit on the aggressive side. and CHROME SUCKS... I've never had a bike with this much chrome and I want to powdercoat it black too. Although it might be easier to start with a painted bike. You're whole ride is an updated version of mine. Mine is a 2006 and there was a frame change closer to your year ( I want to say 08 ) that made the bike a little longer and roomy then added the bigger motor. I use a non Harley hand pump for my shocks I don't buy into the everything must be stamped HD for it to be good. The only thing I do use and swear by is the HD oil Filter. I have had issues with 2 different style aftermarket ones and so I stay OEM and non chrome. I believe your bike has the ability to shut off one cylinder if your stuck sitting in traffic. With the throttle closed try rolling it backwards and see if that is true.

    Most of all have fun

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    When sheppo brought up air pressure I thought he was talking tires...
    fuck, those would be dirty bike tire pressures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheppo View Post
    I believe your bike has the ability to shut off one cylinder if your stuck sitting in traffic. With the throttle closed try rolling it backwards and see if that is true.
    It does, I think. I keep forgetting to try to turn it on and off. I've looked the secret handshake up twice and seem to forget it every time I get near the bike.
    It hasn't activated yet. It was all of 32-F when I left the house the other day so I was looking for as much of that air cooled goodness as I could handle.

    I totally want soft lowers now.


    Zeroing in on a set of race-tech emulators and springs. Just like every other bike I've ever owned. Difference here is we're looking at 1.3 kg springs!

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    It's totally sweet looking. Signed, another 40 y.o.

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    To shut the rear cylinder off roll the throttle all the way back then a bit more. Hold it and your cruise light I think will turn yellow or green. But that’s the procedure. It can also activate automatically as well. Sounds like the rod ends are going to smash out they the bottom end. But it’s fine. I turned it off completely in the programming mode. Drove me nuts .

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Harley FLHP Road King police.
    Front suspension travel: 4.6”. Rear: 3.0”. My solution to the lack of rear suspension travel and cornering clearance on the Roadster was to sell it.

    Got most HD info from HDForums.com: You already have a couple of detailed responses there.

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    ChaCHINGGGG!

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    The only person who thinks 3 inches in the back is ok is your sexual partner.

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post


    Do this.
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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    I have a set of gsxr 1000 forks layin around. Wonder how hard it would be to use them on my RK Custom...the forks are even freshly serviced.

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    I'm going to assume you are looking at custom made triples. Not insurmountable, but not cheap either. Certainly a lot less than this guy spent though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    Do this.
    Do it, I already called dibs.
    Pay me in advance?!

    ..how about a nice set of RT emulators and springs?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I'm going to assume you are looking at custom made triples. Not insurmountable, but not cheap either. Certainly a lot less than this guy spent though!
    Would the GSXR setup be anywhere near the right length? Wouldn't it effect rake, etc?

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Would the GSXR setup be anywhere near the right length? Wouldn't it effect rake, etc?
    True, maybe not long enough. Would have to measure. Might need ADV forks. I really don't know.

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    Orrrrr, just buy those ohlins.

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    In the end, you will throw money at both ends. Edit: and I usually do the front first. Once those are good, the rear feels like shit.
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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    front end wallows can be adjusted by rear end throttle applications

    front end issues, and believe me in know with stock Hawk suspension. smooth transition to breaks + trail breaking + smooth off (keeping the front in the sweet spot and not pogoing) to transition to positive throttle (extend the front legs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    ... Lots of brake dive. Wallow in the corners. Oddly it doesn't do all of that. Well, it dives, but not really horrible like. ...
    Quote Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
    front end issues, and believe me in know with stock Hawk suspension. smooth transition to breaks + trail breaking + smooth off (keeping the front in the sweet spot and not pogoing) to transition to positive throttle (extend the front legs).
    So you're saying I'm a boss at the trail braking?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheppo View Post
    lower the air pressure. I run about 9lbs and only go to 14/15lbs with a passenger. Get a small hand pump and go for a ride. Tailor it to what you feel is optimum and ride with that for a bit.
    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeek View Post
    I run way less pressure in the shocks, like Sheppo...around 8 or 9 psi, and they aren’t screaming for upgrade nearly as much as the forks.
    Got one of the small air pumps on loan and have been playing. You guys are right!
    I also received advice to go 18-20-something solo. That was not good advice.
    This morning I set it to about 8 or so and like it. Harsh slam over the pot-holes is mostly gone. I'll be trying out 5-12. Effected handling negatively though. Mostly on the 'slab. Steering is just a little more vague. Going to see if I get used to it.

    I also installed the HD wind deflector "fangs" last night. They do wonders for the helmet turbulence I was getting. But I wonder if that effects the front end feel at speed too.

    Nabed a Memphis Shades fairing off fleabay for a reasonable price the other day. Need to find a similar deal on the mounting kit and decide what I want to do for paint. Kind of itching for a DIY rattle can project. Although I priced out quality supplies and it may be more reasonable to just hand this thing over to a pro. Once installed that'll change the wind management entirely. Back to square one.

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    Re: Forks vs shocks; handling vs ride

    So were you in Boston today?
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    That’s a 17+ Electra.

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    Ultra Classic, I think. Nice, damned nice.

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