Calgarians that dualsport

Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. ScooterNoMore

    ScooterNoMore Been here awhile

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    Spent a few hours yesterday and today lowering it. I hope to test in a week or so! My seat is 25mm lower. Now I need a shorter side stand......

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  2. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Nope that won't do!

    It clashes, eek.

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  3. ScooterNoMore

    ScooterNoMore Been here awhile

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    No kidding!! I just may buy some kind of cover/sock/bootie!!
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  4. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Just put a couple purple pin stripes on the tank and no one would think of stealing it. By the way is that top box a Nanuk?
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  5. ScooterNoMore

    ScooterNoMore Been here awhile

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    Yup.
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  6. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    I have had them as side cases for 4 years now SAM_1100.JPG
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  7. ScooterNoMore

    ScooterNoMore Been here awhile

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    ..a Canadian product I think? Right?
  8. cal08

    cal08 Long timer

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    Out of curiosity, what was the lowering that you did: spring swap and raise the forks in the clamps? As a side comment, I raised my forks about 2 mm on the 300 and it was a drastic change, and one I could definitely feel. I can't imagine the what, 3/4 of an inch? Not meant to be combatitive here. I've spent a bit of time on understanding my suspension and am curious about your thoughts and solutions.
  9. ScooterNoMore

    ScooterNoMore Been here awhile

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    I was always a bit uncomfortable with the height. I’m definitely not an old school rider, only started riding 7 years ago.

    Had considered lowering it on and off for the past 3 years. Sorta by chance I found a lowering spring on eBay, $200 shipped to my door from the UK! Figured I should finally try it.

    The spring lowered my rear (with my preload) by 22mm. I matched my front forks with the same 22mm (from the top of the silver cap). Matching the front and rear should maintain the geometry I had. Unless I start messing with my rear preload. If I do, I’ll adjust the front to match.

    They say the variable rate rear spring makes for a very compliant ride on the road.

    It’s an experiment. If it’s odd or I can’t dial it in, I can be back to stock in about an hour.
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  10. ColumbusTheExplorer

    ColumbusTheExplorer Adventurer

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    Others in threads on shortening the 1090 have commented about needing to trim the front fender to prevent it from contacting the radiator when compressed. Something you may want to check out as well.
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  11. SilveradoCA

    SilveradoCA Wildling

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    Raising the forks in the tree reduces both the wheelbase and trail. Slightly in both cases, but the numbers aren't exactly the same as they used to be.
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  12. cal08

    cal08 Long timer

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    Agreed. I think the bike will be twitchy. Go gentle at first @ScooterNoMore
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  13. LANCIVPT

    LANCIVPT Carbon Pilot

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    Just returned from a ten day trip to Kelowna and Kamloops , BC with the usual crowd. We went to Bear Creek and Greenstone Duffy Lake OHV areas respectively. IMG_1692.jpg
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    Hardest was the triple black single track climb to the lookout and that was a dry day.

    Although the Greenstone OHV camping and staging site was at around 2000 ft elevation our cabin located at Face Lake was at 5000 ft and we had a 30 km icy ride each way every day wit a 2 deg C average day temperature.

    Riding was very wet and muddy conditions.
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    Was still a blast to get out with friends even tough it was our last ride of the year.
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  14. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Back where she belongs!

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    Now to prep her for the long sleep. The winter maintenance will come later.
  15. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    Bring on the snow,,, Grizzly Bear digger is ready too go...

    Tire chains rock
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  16. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Ha I would be taking the tractor
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  17. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    Yes,,, these little units rock when it comes too farm operations...
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    We pack a spare set of wheels whenever we go too the further fields,,, alot easier too zip back to the farm """if""" we need supply's and for lunch...

    J.T.
  18. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    Yes,,, my friend Glen Turple born in 1928,,, he is still riding today...

    He got his 1 million mile award 4 years ago,,, Glen and my Pops both grew up in the South country,,, Cerial and Youngstown...

    They remembered the hard ships of the dirty 30's,,, Glen has lots of stories and has been blessed too of meet alot of folks in his travels...

    He was touring around a few days ago in a snow storm,,, I would of teamed up with him but my cup cake bike won't keep up with his trike... Ha
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    Ride on Brother Glen,,, Ride On...

    J.T.
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  19. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    Glad to see that BF sorted it out!
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  20. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    Surprised you haven’t figured out how to pull an implement with that thing...yet. It seems to do everything else.