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Old 17th May 2012
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Default 48 - low speed sloppy front end - damper?

Hey guys, I love how the bike rides, it's light and fast and responsive, but I don't like how it feels when going very slow - it's too light and shaky in the front end. If I put a steering damper on, would that help? If so, what would happen to the response while at real world speeds?

Also can someone recommend springs for the stock front end? I just put the HD145e Ohlins shocks on, sprung to my weight, hoping they will keep me from coming right off the seat as was happening with the stock shocks (like right off the seat, in the air over medium bumps...I'm a 135lb lightweight lol).

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Have you done the fall-away proceedure? Have you cranked the nut down at all?
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Not sure what you mean by that?
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Its in the clymer manual, and I asume its in the shop manual (you know, ass/you/me). Basic- Jack up the front end, center the front forks. Do they stay where you put them?
Mine are ajusted (by tightening the BIG nut in your fork neck), so that you have to push the left or right handlebar slightly to to make it fall , slowly, then faster as it goes. But don't crank it to tight !!, a little at a time.
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Ah! I did that tonight, and they fell to the left very quickly, but I assumed it was the floor. I thought the floor was a bit crooked when I was putting my shocks on.

OK so if I get the bike level (with a level) on the lift, and the forks fall to one side, I know I have to tighten the triple nut, yes?

I'm not so comfortable with the number of bolts that get loose on this bike. I was riding the biggest (and slowest) street in Toronto the other day, and all of the sudden my left mirror became a fan, swinging around...which was actually cool because I was hot, but I couldn't see shit.
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Dafy, You might find this fall away proceedure on youtube ... You ought to put some kind of motor on that mirror to make it spin all the time, then just time it so you look at it when its aligned. Then you can pretend your'e from California, and started something new.
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No spinning mirrors, no dice, no skulls, no blingy add-ons on my bike. I wanted an IH in the 80s but had sportbike friends, so I rode sport bikes since then. After spending 80K on my last bike, a Ducati with lots of bolt-ons, I'm doing this one myself, even if it takes forever. I'm willing to lose limbs here. But should have bought an IH lol...oh well I wanted a warranty, which I probably killed the day after I bought it...
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lock tight the things that you can...like those mirrors.
ive actually used 2 nuts on mine, 1 for tension and 1 as a jam nut. my friend had 1 of his fall off on the highway last summer, so im trying to avoid that lol.
before i bought mine i was told a lot of guys just go crazy with lock tight on the sportsters.

what else comes loose??
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7 Pages of Suspension

I am not sure what is causing your problem. It could be improper tire pressure, improper rider sag, improper chassis pitch, or maybe you just don't have enough time on the bike to adjust your riding technique.

From an $80 K Ducati to a 48???

Works Dual Rate fork spring kit (soft version) or Race Tech straight rate springs, one lighter than their recommendation because you will want to add Ricor Intiminators to the forks. Fork brace, better tires. All way way under $80K. All the details are detailed in the link above.

Properly set up rubber mounts, ridden at legal speeds, do not need steering dampers. Steering dampers may hide problems.
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