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Offline marcparnes

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Wilbers, Traxxion, BoosterPlug, Soupy's, McCruise
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:40:30 PM »
Hey Guys,
I installed a Wilber's WESA shock on my '17 DCT. It has three electronic damping settings: soft, normal and firm. The soft setting is super plush and good for smooth pavement. On bumpier roads it is a bit too soft and has a tendency to wallow. The middle range is perfect for bumpy roads and overall use. The firm setting would be good when riding with a passenger or tearing it up in the twisties. The difference between the 3 setting is very noticeable. I ordered it from the Beemer Shop in Northern California who in turn places the order which is custom built in Germany. It took about 3 weeks to receive. Even though we specified my weight, etc they installed the wrong spring. It was supposed to have a 160 Nm spring but they installed a 190 Nm instead which was way too hard. Ted sent me the correct spring which I installed with 21 mm preload and its perfect. I only ride solo without luggage so I didn't order the optional remote preload adjuster.

I also installed a pair of Traxxion's AK-20 cartridges sprung for my weight and riding style. Its better than stock but still not very plush which I think has more to do with the forks themselves than the cartridges. Bottom line, its just a basic fork and you can just do so much with it :-( It will be OK, though. I'm used to BMW's telelever and Ducati's Skyhook which are in another world altogether. I also have a '18 Goldwing with the new style Hassock front suspension so I'm way too spoiled.

I also lowered the bike with Soupy's lowering link kit. That was a disaster! In order to fit his lowering link turnbuckle he repositioned one of the holes in the supporting plates which completely changed the geometry so that the suspension hardly moved when hitting bumps. When I asked him if he had calculated the effect of moving the hole as far as he did (15 mm) he hemmed and hawed and finally admitted he didn't calculate anything. That could have ended up really bad. I put the stock link parts back in place and have a set of 25 mm lowering plates coming from Germany which are TUV approved so hopefully they will work without ruining the ride. I'm having a Russell seat built next week so I'll have to get the bike lower as I can barely reach the ground now.

In an effort to slow down the throttle action I installed a Throttle Tamer and greased the tube with special Nye grease which made it better but I thought I would go ahead and try the BoosterPlug as well and that seems to have helped even more. Its pretty much like any other bike now so I'm happy with it.

I installed a McCruise a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely perfect! I've never had an OE cruise that was any better than this one. Simple to install as well as it is all plug n play.

That's all so far :-)

Marc

 

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Re: Wilbers, Traxxion, BoosterPlug, Soupy's, McCruise
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2019, 05:41:54 AM »
Wow, Marc -- sounds like you're getting her right where you want her to be -- congrats :037:!

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Re: Wilbers, Traxxion, BoosterPlug, Soupy's, McCruise
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 09:34:11 PM »
Marc, looking at the Traxxion webpage I don't see the 1200X in their dropdown options.  I literally sent a suspension specialist someone recommended a request for help just minutes before I saw your post. I would be very interested in any details you can provide.  Do you happen to have a link or contact?

Thanks!
DB

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Re: Wilbers, Traxxion, BoosterPlug, Soupy's, McCruise
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 11:58:50 PM »
*Originally Posted by Dieselboy [+]
Marc, looking at the Traxxion webpage I don't see the 1200X in their dropdown options.  I literally sent a suspension specialist someone recommended a request for help just minutes before I saw your post. I would be very interested in any details you can provide.  Do you happen to have a link or contact?

Thanks!
DB
Just call them and speak with Dan in sales. He knows which kit to send you. I think their cartridges/springs improved the ride in reference to how bumps are handled but I'm still not satisfied with the way the front reacts to small road imperfections. Feels like it has way too much stiction. It doesn't want to move unless it hits a fair sized bump, just not very compliant. Its possible this is as good as its going to get based on the fact that it is a relatively cheap telescopic fork. You can't really compare it to something like Ducati's Skyhook or BMW's Telelever or the Hassock type in my '18 Wing but I keep hoping. We have a good guy around here as well so I'm going to ask him to ride it and see if he thinks there is anything else that could be done to make it more compliant. Maybe a different material for the bushings or a finer polish on the inner tubes. I don't know :-(

Marc

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Re: Wilbers, Traxxion, BoosterPlug, Soupy's, McCruise
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 02:01:33 AM »
*Originally Posted by marcparnes [+]
Just call them and speak with Dan in sales. ...

Thanks!  I left him a message....

 


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