Steerite worth the $$ ?

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  1. RFLIVES

    RFLIVES Adventurer

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    Got my xs650 rig 99% done after riding it around doing shake down runs I have it tracking good and behaving as well as I think I can possibly get it. I got a quote for $675 for the steerite mod to my trees. I don't mind spending the money if it will make a significant difference. I will be using the rig to commute in dc traffic so the reduced effort would be nice. Anyone who as actually used them please chime in
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  2. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I would first try a set of LEADING axle forks from another bike.I had a set of leading LINKS from DMC on my Vstrom and they worked great.On my new bike I put on a set of leading axle forks from a criuser model and they work just as well and cost me $40 !!!.


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  3. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    Could you elaborate a bit on your leading axle forks? Thanks
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  4. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Rather than the axle sliding through a hole with pinch bolts at the direct bottom of the sliders it is configured to the front of the slider. Some bikes it's even at the rear of the slider, so to make them leading you just turn them around, and maybe switch legs.

    traditional:
    https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/i...DtjNvJVTyzb9rsYootAgufSXZKkegk7YhK73ZuBd1kgfA


    leading axle:
    http://www.f650gs.crossroadz.com.au/ForkInfo/OtherForks/CagivaE1.jpg


    You might find sliders from a Virago or some other Yamaha cruiser has leading axle lowers.
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  5. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    If your XS is a standard model you might find a XS1100 Special,I think they had leading axle forks.Make sure you get some that are the same dia as yours,you want to use YOUR tripple clamps,that way you are reducing the trail !!.


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  6. RFLIVES

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    My forks are 35mm all xs1100 forks are 37mm. Good idea though
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  7. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Did they put leading axle forks on the the 650 special??.Look at the specials from your year,you should find one with the dia you need.My bike is a GS850G,the L models from my year were the same dia.


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  8. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I had a 87 Virago that had LA forks and they were pretty small,that might work!!.


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  9. RFLIVES

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  10. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    You wont go wrong with the steer rite. We use them from time to to. Great folks to work with. Say hello from Ckaude when you call them.
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  11. rathackman

    rathackman Been here awhile

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    The Steerite TT conversion was the single best thing I did to my GL1100/Ural rig....the rear wheel mod to accept a car tire was the second best thing I did and it was done by a guy who had a connection with the Smith's at Side Effects.

    I have a degenerative issue in my C-spine that caused muscle degeneration in my shoulders and arms....Without the Steerite conversion, I would not be able to do the touring that I do.....I highly recommend it and the work is very professional...nice folks as well...

    On the other hand, unless I was planning to live with a rig for a long time, I am not sure I would put that kind of money toward those kinds of alterations.

    I believe DMC has some other options that are worth looking at also.

    It is pretty hard to get back the money invested in a rig back when you sell it.

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  12. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Here is a idea for your front forks.

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  13. Melrone

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    Thats one way to do it.Hows it work? nice frabricatinf!!!:freaky
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  14. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Not mine,I think it's aussie rig!!


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  15. RFLIVES

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    Think I'm just going to bite the bullet and send them a spare set of trees I have. I'ts just money right?
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  16. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Tell my wife that !!!


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  17. jeffygs

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    I put steer rite on my 1983 GL1100/EML. they are great to deal with, easy install, and what a difference, I have not driven with LL so I have no comparison, but the SR is really like power steering. go for it!! Now I would just like to carry more fuel as the 5 gallons at 25mpg is really a problem. at cruise I have to stop every 1hr 30 min to get fuel, and Im 500 miles from the mountains
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  18. rathackman

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    Hi jeffygs,

    Just a FYI....

    I run an 83 GL1100 standard in a 80 frame with a Ural sidecar with a plexifaring II windshield and I get between 28 and 35 mpg depending on wind, speed, terrain, etc.

    If I use the windshield on the hack I get much worse mpg....I don't use it since my doggie likes to travel lying down in the hack and when she tires of the wind, she drops down and tucks into the nose, her cave.

    I learned from the guys at Classic Goldwings forum to run 6 to 8 ounces of ATF or MMO in each tank of gas. I also seem to get the best mpg at about 58 to 65 mph....

    As we know, YMMV...
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  19. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    My bike also gets 28-30mpg,here is my solution.

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  20. Motoblag

    Motoblag Replacing skill with will

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    I sent my Triumph Scrambler's triple clamps to Side Effects for the Steerite upgrade and it was worth every penny. Made higher speed 300 mile days enjoyable rather than punishing.
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