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Old 16-02-19, 18:37
hannesd hannesd is offline
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front and back should sag about equal wheyou sit on it.
is it still very unstable on gravel?
is it the front or rear that's instable?
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Old 17-02-19, 06:05
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front and back should sag about equal wheyou sit on it.
is it still very unstable on gravel?
is it the front or rear that's instable?

I don't have to work today so I will ask my wife to check what happens when I get onboard. have not adjusted it.


As I said I found out that although the previous owner had ridden it at max extension, he must have dropped it to 2nd lowest setting on the rear shock before I took possession.


It is the front that is unstable.



I will do the check and go for a test drive and let you know. Thanks for all your help.


The only "off-road" bike I have previously owned was a 80's Honda xl500 with twin rear shocks. Otherwise I have owned road bikes. This means I have pretty much no experience on setting up a off-road bike for gravel
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Old 03-03-19, 16:18
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if you increase the rear height then you put more weight on the front wheel. This can give you sharper steerring. On tarmac it may be helpfull but off road, I don't know but I would say at low speeds, off road, the tyres tread pattern, material & the pressure play a more important part.


Anything loose on a hard base surface is a recipy for danger (IMO) and I would treat it like black ice. Generally the front folds unless you use a lot of power to slide the rear intentionally. Learnt this from experience when I skidded on a freshly gritted road in a cold winter night!
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Old 09-03-19, 10:01
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I am sorted. My problem is I sit to far forward. Went to town today and traveled on the road that has been messing me around. Shifted my weight almost totally over the back wheel and I can drive at whatever speed I like. Took it up to 70km/H without a problem. Go figure.

Thanks for all the advice. Every bit has helped me to finally come to this conclusion. It feels very weird driving like this coming from totally road bikes where sitting so far back would mean to would slide out on a corner. I have lots too learn about this bike but I am having fun.
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Old 13-03-19, 11:29
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I am puzzled by your findings. You should not have to move far to the back for the bike be stable.
In fact I tend to lean forward at high speeds (80~105mph) to escape some of the wind blast and do so again when cornering fast.
In fact shifting weight to the rear, would make the steering go light & vague. (try it with a pillion



Rear sag at it's lowest can explain some of your problem. Have you checked the rear linkage. Could be the previous owner had changed it.
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Old 14-03-19, 12:54
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I am puzzled by your findings. You should not have to move far to the back for the bike be stable.
In fact I tend to lean forward at high speeds (80~105mph) to escape some of the wind blast and do so again when cornering fast.
In fact shifting weight to the rear, would make the steering go light & vague. (try it with a pillion



Rear sag at it's lowest can explain some of your problem. Have you checked the rear linkage. Could be the previous owner had changed it.

I am not traveling 160km/h + on gravel with soft sand. Good Lord. I think the fastest I have gone with this bike is 150km/H on the highway and the wind blast at that speed is not comfortable at all.



50Km/h or thereabouts is plenty fast for me on that road. The corrugations are horrendous at times. On tar I sit up front and bike is stable. On sand it seems to need weight over the back wheel so that the front can float over the sand. More or less the same position that you would take going down a steep hill.
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