Let's talk about handling


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DWade1990
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Let's talk about handling

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Hello all,

Not sure if any of you have seen my post about restoring my 83 Aspencade, but it's all done and back on the road, and doing quite well.

I'd like to ask a few questions about handling on these bikes. This is my first bike with a fairing or windshield, and by far the biggest bike I've ridden. Previously I've owned a Ninja 250, SV650, and my 81 CB750, so maybe what I'm experiencing is par for the course on these big bikes, but I'd like to run it by you guys.

When I'm doing slow to moderate speed maneuvering, the bike likes to turn in and lean over very quickly. I have brand new Shinko Tourmaster 230's on it, as are all wheel bearings and swingarm bearings. It turns in so quickly that it really catches me by surprise. It's nothing that I can't handle, just wondering if this seems right to everyone.

Also, I was accelerating onto an entrance ramp on the freeway, while in mid turn leaned over to the right and accelerating at about 40, and hit a bump. The bike felt like it completely jumped off the ground, and it ripped the bars right out of my hands. I was able to recover, but it really spooked me.

Am I just used to my smaller bikes, or does something sound amiss?


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Check your shocks and forks for right fluid oz.s and air pressure.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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This sounds really dumb, but how do I check for the right amount of air pressure? I have the digital dash with the bar graph. It shows changes in air pressure with bars, but I'd like to put some actual numbers to it.
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Ya know what, nevermind. Found it in the owners manual.


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DWade1990 wrote: Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:28 am Ya know what, nevermind. Found it in the owners manual.20170701_082706.jpg
Damn, even the owner's manual looks new... :D
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It's always the one thing you don't do, isn't it? I changed out the fork oil and it's like night and day. What came out was grey and milky. Put some fresh 15W fork oil in, and all is well. Except my fingers. Those damn fork caps are no joke!
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DWade1990 wrote: Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:50 pm It's always the one thing you don't do, isn't it? I changed out the fork oil and it's like night and day. What came out was grey and milky. Put some fresh 15W fork oil in, and all is well. Except my fingers. Those damn fork caps are no joke!
You did those by hand? Who are you, The Hulk? I used this on my gl500 which has similar fork caps. Basically allowed me to lean in/down while screwing down the caps. There's lots of other ideas for doing this, but the wood was handy and it worked for me.


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mytown wrote: Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:51 am
DWade1990 wrote: Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:50 pm It's always the one thing you don't do, isn't it? I changed out the fork oil and it's like night and day. What came out was grey and milky. Put some fresh 15W fork oil in, and all is well. Except my fingers. Those damn fork caps are no joke!
You did those by hand? Who are you, The Hulk? I used this on my gl500 which has similar fork caps. Basically allowed me to lean in/down while screwing down the caps. There's lots of other ideas for doing this, but the wood was handy and it worked for me. IMG_3783.JPG
I should mention that the cap and fork threads can easily be stripped when being re-installed. There is only one point of which I'm aware where the threads of cap and fork are aligned. I recommend that with the fork spring out, one determine where that point is and mark it before using anything like what I show in my picture.


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