Very soft front end


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NJViking
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Very soft front end

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Greetings all,
Just got home from my first real ride on this bike, and have found a number of issues that I'd like to address one at a time.

2. VERY soft front end. Hitting a patch of rough pavement makes the whole front end rattle, and tire probably isn't maintaining much road contact. The very thought of hitting a bump in a fast corner, gives me chills.

So I suspect that the springs are shot. Is there a measurement for unladen sag?
Any other thoughts?

1999 GL1500SE, 51,000 miles


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Re: Very soft front end

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Some things you may wish to check

Not the answers you requested but some things to look at while waiting

I would measure my front end except I have Traxxion rebuild it in 2017.

It is set up for 200 pound riders and NO air adjustments

Best of luck
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Thanks John,

I'm thinking a teardown, inspection and fresh oil is needed at a minimum. Is your Traxxion mod just springs, or valving as well?
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Re: Very soft front end

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It's was everything

Seals, bushings, springs and they did the work

See attachment

I should have asked for an old guy's discount
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Oh geez no. If it's gonna get done at all, it would have to be by me. I'm a former sportbike rider, with a passion for chassis and suspension.

I do like the idea of no air adjustment. For Honda to expect the typical rider to adjust that small of an air volume to that low of a pressure, is a big ask.
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Re: Very soft front end

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I had the Traxxion suspension on my ex-1800, world of difference. Talked to Traxxion about my '85 Limited Edition and it mentioned they have kits for these models as well as the 1500. A call and chat with them cannot hurt. The 1500 is designed to give a plush ride something like the older Cadillac "boats", float down the highway. If you just want to rebuild the 1500 front end, would recommend a new set of springs, Sonic has these - get the heaviest they have 1.2 kg/mm. Least expensive option. The 1500 is not a canyon carver. Good luck.
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Re: Very soft front end

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Rebuilt my forks a couple years ago and found that someone had put in progressive springs. My bike always had a bit firm front forks so I thought I'd give 10 weight fork oil a try. Whatever was in there before was possibly 15 weight maybe. It looked like tranny fluid when I drained it. Anyways I should have maybe left 15 weight in there. Front end feels good but its possible I jsut got used to the firmer ride up front. You might consider trying progressive springs, they are a little more budget friendly. From what I've heard the stock springs were a bit soft oem. Good luck!



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NJViking wrote: Sat Jun 01, 2024 1:08 pm Greetings all,
Just got home from my first real ride on this bike, and have found a number of issues that I'd like to address one at a time.

2. VERY soft front end. Hitting a patch of rough pavement makes the whole front end rattle, and tire probably isn't maintaining much road contact. The very thought of hitting a bump in a fast corner, gives me chills.

So I suspect that the springs are shot. Is there a measurement for unladen sag?
Any other thoughts?

1999 GL1500SE, 51,000 miles
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