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Offline Friday

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Front fork discussion topic
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:02:07 AM »
Why does the Crosstourer’s suspension (especially, the front) come in for such frequent harsh criticism when Honda’s other on-road/non-sport flagship 4 cylinders of its era (ST 1300, VFR 1200F, CB 1100) come across in reviews of front suspension as good or even very good/excellent ?

Offline Hartley

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Re: Front fork discussion topic
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 09:35:37 AM »
I really don’t know, what’s disappointing is whilst the rear is a fairly pricey upgrade the front is drastically improved with slightly different springs, airgap and oil. All stuff that’s no dearer to do in original build.


Offline Jfro5867

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Re: Front fork discussion topic
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2019, 05:09:04 PM »
I think its because our expectaions are quite high TBH. I weigh about 17 stone so most bikes I ride or have owned can feel quite 'soggy'. I don't ride hard so it's never really an issue for me. As a relatively new owner of the CT if anything its set up too hard. It tracks beautifully and on decent roads feels excellent (to me). On crappy roads it is harsh. But not massively so. I guess We all ride familiar roads around where we live so comparisons are easy to judge when we change bikes. Today i have actually adjusted my suspension just to see what/if any difference was noticed. I did. I left the preload front and back as standard but turned the rebound 1 click softer on the tront and a smidge softer on the rear. Made a significant improvement. I noticed a little more front fork dive but the trade off was well worth it. Much more plush, even on the most rubbish roads. I wouldnt want to go too soft/ soggy anyway. But for me i think its about spot on TBH.