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Old June 14th, 2013, 04:51 AM   #1
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Hyperstrada Forks Question

I know the Hyperstrada fork has no adjustments, but does anyone know about the fork internals? Is it a cartridge fork that could be revalved to customer specs, or is it like the Hypermotard 796 (also 43mm) that can't even be disassembled?
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Old June 14th, 2013, 05:30 AM   #2
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Super ten has changed the oil in his he can speak to this......
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Old June 14th, 2013, 06:03 AM   #3
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I'm not doubting that you can remove the cap, pull out spring and change oil. I've just read reports that you can't disassemble/revalve the forks on a Hypermotard 796 like you can most modern forks on $10,000 motorcycles. And given that the Hyperstrada has 43mm forks (like the 796, and unlike the Hypermotard SP's 50mm), I am worried the same situation applies to the Hyperstrada.

See this excerpt on the 796:
'Traxxion dynamics . . . took them apart as far as they could go without breaking them. what they found out is the left fork leg is peened together and cant be taken apart and also the bottom of that leg is permanently joined together with the fork tube. so basically the forks cant be rebuilt in any way.'

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Old June 15th, 2013, 03:37 AM   #4
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I did not remove the bolt at the bottom or even check to see if there was one. Only removed the springs and measured, plus changed oil. I also changed the preload by 10mm. Right leg has PVC spacer, left has spring backed plunger which I also shortened 10mm. Both legs have a sleeve to contain the spring so it does not buckle.

Overall, my forks are pretty good, but still the weak link of the suspension when you push it hard in non-smooth corners. I am 185lbs without gear, and running 33f/34r locally.

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Old June 15th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #5
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Guy in my MSF class had a very nice 796 Motard. I saw his fronts weren't adjustable either...and his bike was 30 lbs lighter!
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Old June 15th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #6
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Hey SuperTen, did you remove the forks from the bike or just drain them while on the bike with a fork syringe
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Old June 15th, 2013, 12:06 PM   #7
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Hey SuperTen, did you remove the forks from the bike or just drain them while on the bike with a fork syringe
I took them off. Poured the oil into a measured beaker for ml/cc. Made measurements of everything for future changes/mods.
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Ok thanks. I guess if I just wanted to change the fluid to a lighter weight I could siphon it out the top and refill. What do you think?
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Old June 15th, 2013, 05:11 PM   #9
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I wouldn't try it, even if you succeeded in getting all the oil out, how would you know? Also big chance of getting oil all over the bike, that would be a big mess!

The amount I got out did not equal what the owners manual states, so that did not help either.

Bottom line, Ducati wants us to bring the bike in for any of this, but I am not going to do that, sorry.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 05:09 AM   #10
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Ok SuperTen, thanks. When I get ambitious I'll pull the forks.
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