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Old June 26th, 2014, 09:58 AM   #1
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Andreani Fork Upgrade: The Review

You've seen the anticipation.
You've seen the installation.
You've seen the first impressions.

Now, the review.

If you have the money to spend, do it. Have a set made to your body weight and riding needs and put them in or have them put in.

After a few weeks of riding around with my new fork internals, I'm finally at the point where I have it dialed in so that it feels the way the bike should have felt from the factory. It rides very well. Bumps don't upset it. And New York's 5 boros and suburbs of Long Island have plenty of bumps. Speed bump sized mounds of asphalt between sections of pavement. Ruts and potholes. I aim for them now.

I rode around for a while without having set suspension preload and sag because I didn't have anyone to help me hold up the bike. I dialed it in to the point of it being plush. I was happy, but knew it could get better and that preload would have to be set correctly to get the most out of the suspension. So because I didn't ask anyone to help I devised a way to do it myself (knocking the bike over into my car in the process.... dumbass) and managed to get the sag set up to a very close approximation of what the experts recommend. Then I rode the bike and it didn't feel like the same bike at all. It felt higher, for one. It felt stiff, for another. That's when I realized that the compression and rebound settings I had before the preload was set correctly were compensating for the improper preload adjustments. So I backed off compression and let the preloading do the work. Ahh, much better. I backed off the rebound a little bit too in order to allow the spring preload to recover from bumps more naturally. Ahh, even better! But still, a bit stiff. I then rode a bit, backed off the preload a bit, rode a bit more, backed off preload a bit more, both front and rear. Then I hit the sweet spot. I had cranked in too much preload before.

Planted. Confident. Unphased. Not squirrel-like. More gazelle-like. There is no more handlebar judder indicating every imperfection in the road. No wallow either. Brake dive that's just enough to plant the front end, not make it feel like you're about to lose it. It rides better than any car I've ever owned. I'd say it's pretty close to the way the KTM Duke rode, with it's top-shelf WP Suspension. Sure it's not nearly as adjustable (high and low speed damping adjustments and so on), but it's a marked improvement over stock that makes me hope the rest of the bike proves to be good enough to hang on to.

I don't want to be one of those that puts lots of money into it, has electrical gremlins and limp mode, burned coils etc and needs to bail out before the warranty expires. If the bike manages to stay running and riding just like it is now, it'd be one I could see riding for a long time.

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Old June 28th, 2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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I think i'm going to bite the bullet, the suspension is my only bitch with my bike.
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Old June 28th, 2014, 03:03 PM   #3
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The roads in Norfolk, VA, are the worst I've seen. Like, I don't really enjoy my commute because the entire route is like an IED practice grid. The roads are concrete mostly and during the occasional hard freeze, they burst when the water expands. So, there are asphalt plugs and seams about every 20 yards.

Oh, and you're not the only one that dumped his bike into his car. I was shaking the water out of the radiator after a wash and it slipped out of my wet/sweaty hand...right I to my brand new VW. Double ouch. So, in the words of the immortal Slick Willy: "I feel yer pain."
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Old June 29th, 2014, 02:04 AM   #4
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Gat, buy yourself a small aircompressor to blow the water away after a wash, works great on the Rad, too late now I know, but for future may be the way fwd.
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Old June 29th, 2014, 04:44 AM   #5
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I think i'm going to bite the bullet, the suspension is my only bitch with my bike.
It was a big gripe for me too. I was kicking myself for trading in my KTM Duke for something more costly that rode worse. But now it rides well enough to put those feelings to rest.
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Old June 29th, 2014, 06:51 PM   #6
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Gat, buy yourself a small aircompressor to blow the water away after a wash, works great on the Rad, too late now I know, but for future may be the way fwd.
I have a large compressor and do that normally. This was literally one of it's first baths and I had no idea where all the water would come from when I rolled it out of the garage the next day. It was just stupid and I get to look at the scar on my car every time I go to get in. Piss.
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You guys wash your Hyper? Mine has been wet once, when I took it in for first service.

Thanks for the review, ND.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 04:11 PM   #8
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Well, when you have 3 kids, you have to have 1 thing that's yours. One thing they can't touch or destroy, or even breathe on. I've given up on keeping the cars nice and clean. The Duc- that's mine. Don't touch.

I'm also one of those sick puppies that enjoys cleaning a vehicle. Scrubbing with a cold beer and some loud tunes is pretty close to heaven for me.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 04:13 PM   #9
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But I ride the piss out of mine, too. It has a fine layer of highway scars. The bags look like they were off one of the bikes in Mad Max.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 05:43 AM   #10
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Last time I washed the bike I rode it in the rain the next day and haven't washed it since.

I'm not out to make people spend money, but I look forward to reading others experiences with the same fork upgrade.
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