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Old Aug 20th, 2008, 10:17 pm   #1 (permalink)
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anyone besides Ghezzi tried 5w fork oil yet?

nothin against Ghezzi, just lookin for a second opinion (or 3rd) as you can see by my sig, i have very very little experience with modern bikes. my hyper is my daily rider and frankly it pummels the shit out of me on the freeways, its more brutal than my next newest streetbike which is 39 year old technology...
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Old Aug 20th, 2008, 11:07 pm   #2 (permalink)
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5w oil

Yes I changed to 5w oil and it lessens the high speed compassion damping , i must say the bike comes from the factory with a bad set up. The rear is way to hard , set your sag as ohlins recommends + ad some in the fount and then go from there. the stock forks internals are junk so either change the internals or go with 5w oil.
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Yes I changed to 5w oil and it lessens the high speed compassion damping , i must say the bike comes from the factory with a bad set up. The rear is way to hard , set your sag as ohlins recommends + ad some in the fount and then go from there. the stock forks internals are junk so either change the internals or go with 5w oil.
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Old Aug 21st, 2008, 12:08 am   #4 (permalink)
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Yes I changed to 5w oil and it lessens the high speed compassion damping , i must say the bike comes from the factory with a bad set up. The rear is way to hard , set your sag as ohlins recommends + ad some in the fount and then go from there. the stock forks internals are junk so either change the internals or go with 5w oil.
thanks! that helps.
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you guys are going with 'lighter' oil????

I found the stock setup to be way too 'light'. Changed to a heavier oil and much better.
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you guys are going with 'lighter' oil????

I found the stock setup to be way too 'light'. Changed to a heavier oil and much better.
Lumpy, you are making too much sense. Please move this to a forum where people can understand logic.

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you guys are going with 'lighter' oil????

I found the stock setup to be way too 'light'. Changed to a heavier oil and much better.
this is why i asked the question. i know almost nothing about this topic...
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hi instead of the oil try moving the fork legs through the top yokes till they are level with thetop of the yokes thus raising the ride hight at the front,........might just do the trick.....steve
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Well, I'm no expert, but I do love to tinker with $hit...


anyway, my logic is this. Our bikes sit about 10 feet off the ground, which puts a lot of 'leverage' to move the bike around - thus having a pogo effect of sorts.
Our suspension has more travel than sportbikes so the springs are softer - contributing to even more pogo effect.

Most of us ride the our bikes on the street or the track, so we need less pogo effect???

So, to slow things down (suspension movement, not the bike) you would want the suspension to move less and behave more like a sportbike.

To do that, you would go to a heavier weight oil (in theory) if you don't have enough adjustment's to go around, fork oil will get you pretty far...
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