Front Forks Stiff


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controlu
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Front Forks Stiff

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I just bought an ’03 GL1800 with a Champion kit. The front suspension feels like it is welded solid. Every little imperfection in the road comes right up the handlebars. When I stand on the pegs and “pounce” or “lunge” on the handlebars to try to bake the front-end bounce, there is not one bit of give to the forks. However, if the trike is slowly rolling forward and I slam the front brake, the front-end dives like expected.
Being new to the trike world, is this normal? I’ve always heard that riding a Goldwing is like riding a couch, but not in this case. What weight oil should be in the front forks? I’m tempted to change it out for a lighter oil.



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Re: Front Forks Stiff

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Your anti dive sounds like it is stuck. I would disable it myself and then try it.

And, or -

You could support the front end, take the caps off the forks and cycle the forks by hand to see if there is anything sticking.

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If you do change the oil the 2 wheeled bikes should have 10 weight with a height requirement in the service manual. I've never worked on a trike.
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controlu
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Re: Front Forks Stiff

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I've seen a lot of suggestions about "disable the anti-dive" but I have no idea how to do that. I've checked Youtube, usually a good source for such things, but found nothing. Anybody know a link that would help me?

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