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Old 09-21-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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Giving a V45 Sabre a little ADV swag?

Do any of you inmates know the in's and out's of bike steering enough to say yay or nay on changing the rake? Really don't want to end up tank slapping at hiway speed cause I did that wrong.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:31 PM   #2
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IMHO that's the wrong bike for the purpose you have in mind.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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It's a gotta run whatcha brung type of deal. Sure isn't my first pick either.
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Old 09-22-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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Let some air out of the tires. It will run down gravel roads just fine.

Or were you thinking of single-track?
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:54 PM   #5
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If you are going through the trouble to change the rake, you could very easily swap to a better bike for the purpose.

Unless there is a loved one tied up somewhere in the basement of sinister villain...
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:13 PM   #6
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Realized I should have asked about trail instead of rake.

Agreed I shouldnt mess with either but still would like to know some about it.
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:28 AM   #7
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The general thought here is to make it fairly gravel road capable, not make it a single track freak. I'm thinking give it an inch more frt and rear travel so I can soften it up a touch, lighten up the steering feel, of course take the fairing off, make racks for luggage, mod the seat to bring me closer to the bars and allow better ground reach, swap to a 19" in front for a better tire choice, and make a skid plate.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:58 AM   #8
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As an owner of a Sabre I would suggest some progressive fork springs and some more appropriate tires . Mine has a little front end weight problem (see picture) . It has been on many a forest service road , but don't kid yourself . It has to small of suspension travel and weighs about 200 lbs too much . But ridden moderately can go many places you would never guess . [IMG]GE DIGITAL CAMERA[/IMG]
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:18 AM   #9
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Sweet. What tires are you running and how do you like them?
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:21 AM   #10
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I'll have to get back to you , off to dentist . I haven't been it riding much since I got my WeeStrom . But would look for something like Anakee 3s . I will try and remember this afternoon and get back to you .
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:27 PM   #11
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Dunlop Touring Elites is what I have been running , but you better avoid sand and mud . I started into Adventure riding on my Sabre (fourth one I have had) and love the bike . In the old days we didn't know we were adventure riding and we rode whatever we owned . My old Z-1 did more trails than many modern adventure bikes . Watch out for over heating and check your drive chain often ! All I can tell you is my V-45 would provide all day comfort , 800-1,000 miles days were no big deal . Can't say that about my DL 650 . Once the roads get a bit worse the modest suspension handles the chuckholes and water crossings , the WeeStrom beats it hands down . The important thing is to ride and enjoy yourself .
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info Gramp-Z.

Drive chain? Didn't know the shaft driver had one? What's it driving?
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:37 PM   #13
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Thin attempt at humor , also water cooled . My WeeStrom was first chain drive motorcycle I have owned in 35 years . Liked the shaft and belt drives better , but BMWs out of my price range .
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:41 PM   #14
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oh. got me. Haven't had it long and thought maybe along with the air shock there was something else new to me on bikes.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:52 PM   #15
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I had one years ago.
Great bike.
Until it developed a oil delivery problem I was too much of a greenhorn to understand. I left it in the east when I headed west.

Anyone know what the problem might have been so I can kick myself for letting a good bike go?
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