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Old 10-09-2018, 12:52 PM   #46
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When cornering, do you move in the seat? You can gain a touch of ground clearance by moving your body to the turn-side portion of the seat.

Also, make sure you're riding on the balls of your feet, not with your heels hooked on the pegs, which will decrease the chance of scraping a toe.
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:05 PM   #47
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Try shifting your weight. Think MotoGp. It doesn't take much to keep the bike upright.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:10 AM   #48
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Still have the long "feelers" on.


I don't have the bike, dropped it off this morning to get the valves adjusted(19,600mi),plugs, air filter. He is also guna fix the fork seals and install the race tech springs I got for my weight. Most likely guna replace front brake pads too due to so much fork oil on them(told him to just use his best judgement when he gets them off and gets a look at them). I think the total is $815 + break pads if I need them(I'm 90% sure I do, and the springs were $105).

Not cheap but I LOVE MY V-STROM!!! Edit: and I'm too lazy to do it myself.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:51 AM   #49
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I'd strongly recommend having emulators installed rather than just springs, they make a BIG difference. Yes, it's $190 now, but it'll probably be double that if you do it later.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:09 AM   #50
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Yep, I had fork springs installed on my DL650 and then 6 mos later had the Racetech valves installed. Sure wish I had done them at the same time.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:18 PM   #51
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If anybody cares, bike was at 19,600 mi and all valves were within spec. Job ran $900 check valves + rebuild forks with my springs + break pads front (were soaked W fork oil) spark plugs, air filter, did front brake disk.

Dropped the bike off the day before I left on vacation and picked it up the day after I got home. So never really without bike.




Can't ride though, entire neighboring town of Paradise being evacuated for fire, highway 99 closed and not sure if people are coming to stay at my place??

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