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post #1 of 21 Old 12-04-2019, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Pulling the forks up, how much?

Can someone give me a good length to pull the forks up
in the triple clamps on THIS bike? I don't need to ride around at high speed
with my hands off the bars, so a bit of instability is fine. But I also don't want
to be making creases in the fender or radiator under strong braking.

Thank you.

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How can anyone answer this? You seem to do this arbitrarily, either that or you've just decided to leave it a mystery WHY you're doing it. Without knowing what you're trying to achieve it's impossible to give any advice.
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Can someone give me a good length to pull the forks up
in the triple clamps on THIS bike? I don't need to ride around at high speed
with my hands off the bars, so a bit of instability is fine. But I also don't want
to be making creases in the fender or radiator under strong braking.

Thank you.
On most bikes you can get away with sliding the forks up 10mm.
Are you still running a 50 on the rear?
Iím running 55 and itís heaps better.
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I'd go by feel. Keep pulling whilst it feels good. Never failed me in 36 years.

When life throws you curves, lean into them.
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I pulled mine up 5mm at the start of summer.
I found it helps to put a little more weight on the front. I had gone back to a 50 rear tire but that wasn't the reason I did it.
I've also got Hyperpro suspension front and rear and I was lacking a little feeling in the front. It tracks better in the bends now and has slightly quicker turn in, which is more to my liking.
Don't pull up too much to start with. The down side is on the emergency braking. If you go too far it feels like the rear wants to lift and the front springs can feel a little over powered and start to bounce.

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Mine are up 2mm and I run a 55 rear profile. It is a nice enough compromise. A little movement sliding them up top goes a long way in changing the handling of the bike. 5mm is about as far as I'd go if I were going extreme changes with it. Will be one nervous twitchy beast up front with that amount of change. With no stock steering damper on these things I would tread lightly raising the forks a great amount. Having stated the disclaimer no way should you go anymore than 25mm or your front fender will find the underneath of your lower triple clamp.
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Thanks all. I switched to a 180/55 but it doesn't feel any different.

I don't like the feel of the front end in tight corners on this bike,
so I know I do want to slide the tubes up.

I want to feel a definite change. If 5 has worked fine & 10 is safe on most,
I will try up the middle, play it safe.

Don't want a lock to lock episode after a sloppy wheelie, the only kind I can do.
Ha, ha.

I always get nervous actually doing the raising when there is not a centerstand
and I'm thinking my Abba stand will not make the procedure easier unless I go
ahead and try to put a jack under the sump, another thing to make me nervous.
Only want to do the procedure once.

Again, thanks to all for weighing in.
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i'd go by feel. Keep pulling whilst it feels good. Never failed me in 36 years.
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Thanks all. I switched to a 180/55 but it doesn't feel any different.

I don't like the feel of the front end in tight corners on this bike,
so I know I do want to slide the tubes up.

I want to feel a definite change. If 5 has worked fine & 10 is safe on most,
I will try up the middle, play it safe.

Don't want a lock to lock episode after a sloppy wheelie, the only kind I can do.
Ha, ha.

I always get nervous actually doing the raising when there is not a centerstand
and I'm thinking my Abba stand will not make the procedure easier unless I go
ahead and try to put a jack under the sump, another thing to make me nervous.
Only want to do the procedure once.

Again, thanks to all for weighing in.
Mate I had no confidence in the front end until I got the suspension swapped out.
Race tech front and rear and now itís a different bike. With stock suspension I was always struggling with the
bike it just wouldnít hold a line in corners plus it was worse on bumpy stuff.
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Set your suspension up properly
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