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Old January 29th, 2014, 01:00 PM   #31
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If I was scrapping the centre stand cornering hard on the road. It would have to be removed ASAP.

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Old January 29th, 2014, 02:57 PM   #32
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Or you could just hang off more...

For me, it's too handy to remove. I store the bike on it, and also fuel it that way. The only times I've grounded mine is two-up, and my chicken strips are about a quarter inch wide. All that happens is that the corners of the base pads bevel off a bit. They are quite thin. The sudden noise is more of a danger than a possible slide. I think of it as a lean angle indicator!

These bikes are not properly sprung for medium-to-heavier riders. I'll bet that they realized this late in the game and all they could do was crank up the preload. Cheap and easy.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #33
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Thanks, Zippy49, that's goo advice. :-) I find the center stand handy as well and I really don't want to remove it. I have increased the rear preload. Guess I better check out the forks.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #34
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Good advice, not goo! :-D I swear I'm getting slower and slower. Must be the winter here. The cold shuts the brain down...
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Old January 30th, 2014, 08:38 AM   #35
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You have my sympathy - My sister-in-law is visiting, she was at her place in Montana until New Year's. Got down to -35 F (-37 C ?); her well and all the plumbing froze solid. Sounds awful to me!

I'm hesitating to go for a ride at 50 F, guess I should suck it up.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 01:48 PM   #36
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He he, well anything under 10 C / 50 F is a stretch. Even though it's Cold up here doesn't mean I like it. :-)
Anywho, Got an offer from my dealership on some spring/fork damper inserts today. It will make The front fork fully adjustable. They have my attention!
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Old January 30th, 2014, 06:49 PM   #37
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Ward, your dealer also has my interest. Let us know if they have something new for the forks that we have not heard about.

I had the pleasure to visit Norway a couple of years ago, Oslo and Trondheim; it was in March/April and there was still plenty of ice and snow about, I reckon I would need chains and trainer skis fitted to my bike to get out and about even in your spring, specially in Trondheim, I thought about glueing sandpaper to the soles of my shoes to get a bit of grip.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 01:27 AM   #38
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Hyper Pedro: I'm waiting on the cost. My bike will be the first bike they fit this cartridge on so they will not charge me for the work. That should work out nicely, I think. :-) I think it is a similar setup from what I have read on the forum. It will be a replacement of the whole damper/spring cartridge in the forks with a adjustment screw on top.

I live in Oslo so now you know where I live. :-) It's been snowing for a couple of weeks now so all I do is shovel snow. The upside is shredding powder in the hills, which is a good pasttime waiting for spring.

The earliest I have taken my bike out is in the middle of march, but usually the snow stays here untill late April. Timberlands or Sorel Caribou's are the appropriate footwear + shoe studs if your over 65. :-D
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Old January 31st, 2014, 07:41 AM   #39
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come to think of it...

Actually, the thing I hate the most about my 'strada is the nearly complete lack of splash protection. Every puddle ends up all over the bike and my back.

Style certainly took precedence over function here.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:29 PM   #40
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I agree, that has been an issue on all the duc's i've had. Some things you gotta endure I guess...
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