wallowy suspension

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by Timberwoof, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Timberwoof

    Timberwoof Guest

    I ride a '98 R1100GS. It's an enduro, which means it's pretty tall as
    bikes go and has a big 19" front wheel. I recently put Michelin Pilot
    Road tires on it, and I like them a lot. The bike is smooth and quite
    stable in turns. It does what I want it to do; it's up to me to learn
    how to tell it. Over the years I've become quite confident with it.

    About a year ago I installed a set of Fox shocks. I was satisfied with
    the bike's ride, but the shocks were at a good price and everybody says
    the stock shocks suck. Besides, the bike needed some more farkles. I
    dialed in the correct spring preload, then adjusted the rebound damping
    until it was the way I liked it. I was a little disappointed that I
    didn't immediately notice a huge difference in the ride. I figured that
    my milquetoast riding style hid all the terrible defects of the stock
    shocks from me. Recently I noticed the clutch slipping, so I took the
    bike in for to get a new one installed.

    The dealership lent me an old R850R to use until I get my GS back. It
    has roughly 30,000 miles on it, which is not much for a bike as old as
    mine (which has almost 60,000 miles). The handling is surprisingly
    different from the R1100GS. The CG is lower, so it's easier to handle
    while pushing it around, but once at speed, it's a different matter
    entirely. It has this weird instability when turning in that I don't
    completely get; it's like the handle bars kind of flop into the
    direction I'm turning, so I have to keep the pressure on the bar. But I
    did not get the sense that it wanted to stand up by itself. And the
    shocks completely suck. The ride is fluffy and wallowy. Squooshy, not
    the tight control that my GS has. I just don't like it. :p

    I guess I can tell the difference between good and sucky shocks after
    all. :)

    (Oh, the brakes felt a little squishier, even though the R850R does not
    have the extra plumbing for ABS. My GS has steel-braided lines, which
    make the brakes feel firmer and stronger.)

    I am glad to be reminded that my bike is the best one. I don't need to
    test-ride an R1150GS or an R120GS. :)
    Timberwoof, Aug 10, 2007
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  2. Timberwoof

    Andrew Guest

    That's happened to me on a couple pairs of Dunlops after a lot of front
    I like the Bridgestone profiles, so I tend to stick with them.
    Lately I've been running Pirelli's at the track.

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    Andrew, Aug 10, 2007
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  3. ^^^^^^

    I've never heard it described as that :)

    I'd rather walk than ride a GS in an enduro. My hat's off to you...
    HardWorkingDog, Aug 10, 2007
  4. It has this weird instability when turning in that I don't
    Different wear pattern ?
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Aug 10, 2007
  5. Timberwoof

    Timberwoof Guest

    Well, I retrieved my bike from the dealer today. The sidestand works
    properly, the clutch is excellent, and once I got reacquainted with the
    stretched-out seating posture (which took about half a minute), I was
    back in control on the bike I love. :) Yep, that's the one for me.
    Timberwoof, Aug 11, 2007
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