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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Paulvt1, Oct 16, 2013.
Hanging around outside ballet schools, Baloo? I like your style.
I just ordered the racks from Unit Garage and will be ordering their Atlas hard bags. Look like what BMW would have done if they had tried. Nice clean bags, tucked in close to the bike, and can be ordered with BMW locks so you can rekey them and use your ignition key.
Has anybody else gotten A recall notice for the fuel pump yet?
Not me. What years?
Yep. Week ago.
Mid week ride around the Derwent Valley Tas.
That bike would be beautiful to ride around Tassie
The urban is more of a rocket than I thought it would be. It is also the first bike in a long time, I have gave serious thought to upgrading the suspension. It is harsh on bumpy corners.
they say the same thing about the RS in aus conditions
I've got a 2018 Urban. I'd say the forks are sprung for a 140 pound person and the rear shock for a 240 pound person. If you fall somewhere in the middle of those weights then the suspension is only half bad. Lighter people feel the rear needs to be changed, heavier people notice how bad the fork is.
I've got all the pieces to do an Andreani Tall cartridge in the front and a 3 way TFX in the rear, but the bike and all those parts are in a different country than I am, so until we can all get together the upgrade won't happen....
My 2014 classic was also this way. Baffles me that BMW can put something out like this. The rear shock is atrocious. Horribly oversprung/overdamped. I now have S1000RR forks (perfect 0.85 spring rate) and a custom Wilbers rear shock that is more plush.
@pjensen641, if you don't mind me askin, how much do you weigh? I've been watching for a nice set of RR forks for my '15 Classic but read somewhere that they may be undersprung for my 225lb self...
Thats an understatement! Couldn't ride mine with any confidence when I bought it but I knew about the shit suspension before stepping in, chalk and cheese when done. Looking at the leaf litter in your pics, they are beautiful, thought you may be interested in this home brew screen for the air intake, keeps the leaves from piling up around the rather small air cleaner.
They will be if you like things taught. I weigh 160-165ish lbs in street clothes. The stock springs are 0.80 kg/mm, the RR are 0.85. That just happens to be ideal for me. Plus they have improved damping. If you are a relaxed street rider that prefers a plush ride, Racetech figures the 0.85 is on the very soft end for you. For sure they will be an improvement and less likely to bottom out.
Your ideal rate is around 0.90-0.95 according to Racetech.
You may consider the aftermarket cartridge/spring assemblies. They will be custom sprung for you. Likely they won't be any more expensive than sourcing RR forks and rebuilding them. I think I spent $600 or 800 on these RR forks. They were basically brand new takeoffs with hardly any miles on them. I knew they would be good to go and not need rebuilding like normal ebay salvage parts. I think you can get nice drop in cartridge assemblies with springs for $1200-1500.
Re the forks as some including me have pointed out it is not so much the springs at fault but the damping is miles off, new springs alone won't make a big difference, you'll still be riding a jackhammer.
Apparently only 2014 has the fuel pump recall.
Totally agree, but for those that can't afford to replace right away, have a look at the settings on the rear shock. Mine was way out of whack . Preload set for King Kong and damping set for Tinkerbell. After some adjustment and 5,000 miles of break in, it did get better. It's not Wilbers better, but it is far better than it was when new.