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Old June 8th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Friction in Forks?

Hey Strada Fans. Got an issue that I'm not sure is an issue. When my front forks are working over uneven pavement, I get a noticeable friction feeling throughout the bars. On nice smooth roads, smooth as silk. But anytime the front strut rebounds or compresses, it's almost like I get a big increase in engine buzz or road friction in the front end.

And it's not like strut action. It's almost as if all the sudden the connection to the road is amplified and then stops when forks settle.

Really weird and that's the best I can explain it. When I'm on a rough road I really notice it when the forks settle out momentarily.
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Old June 9th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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Same thing here. I didn't mention it before, but it's definitely from the forks. Every movement on rough roads is felt with a buzz in the hand grips. I thought the steering stem nut was loose or the axle nut but all is OK. Just another reason I can't wait for the aftermarket to come out with some springs, etc. I dropped my front tire pressure down from 36 to 32 and maybe it's my imagination but it seemed to help somewhat. I also ordered a set of the original grip puppies, which now wrap over your hand grips and cushion the vibration. I hope that helps with the sensation also. Thanks for starting this thread, I thought it was just my bike.

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Old June 10th, 2013, 04:33 AM   #3
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The forks do have a lot of stiction. I run 32f 33r.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #4
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I hope a fork overhaul fixes it, because it doesn't feel like something that will just vanish with some new oil in the tubes.

I've been running 34f/36r, based on dealers recommendation. I'll try a little less air. I fiddle with rear preload adjustment often but I honestly don't notice much difference.

Those Grip Puppies look like a sweet purchase!
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Old June 10th, 2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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I think I'll try 32/33 like SuperTen. I also purchased 5wt fork oil to try, but havn't done it yet. I'm 165 and have my rear preload out 5 turns from max. Owned many different bike, but never felt a front end like this one. Hopefully, it will get fixed someday.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:02 PM   #6
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Well so far at 1200 miles my front end is silky smooth and doesn't exhibit any noise or vibration over bumps at all. There was definitely a bit of stiction in the forks and shock at first, but it's gotten smoother with each mile. But at no time has it made odd vibration or noise over bumps, regardless of size or frequency of road irregularities or speed. Maybe mine's unique, but in talking with three owners over the weekend, two with standard Hypers and one 'strada, none of them had any front fork complaints at all. Hmmm . . . .
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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Yeah, my front forks have "stiction" also, maybe more miles will ease things out
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 01:53 PM   #8
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I hope so, after 100 km or so I realized that sensation and after 600 still not gone....
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 08:49 PM   #9
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The first thing you should do is ensure you have the right sag. It requires adjusting the spacer or replacing the spring in the fork. Correct sag of 25% will make a world of difference.
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Old August 4th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #10
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If fork is an issue:

http://www.andreanigroup.com/en-us/s...5&reparto=moto
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