My WR stinks in rocks
Posted June 01, 2004 - 07:28 AM
I've got to mix it up with some KTM's next weeked in the rocks. Man, I'm considering bringing my DR650!
Any rock riding advice out there?
Posted June 01, 2004 - 07:38 AM
Posted June 01, 2004 - 12:21 PM
Posted June 02, 2004 - 06:59 AM
Posted June 03, 2004 - 06:57 AM
Bottom Line . . . I love the revalving . . . super smooth on all the little stuff (rocks, roots, . . . ) but still handles big hits OK too.
Posted June 08, 2004 - 11:57 PM
ride hard live fast
Posted June 09, 2004 - 07:34 AM
If I ride fast and hit the rocks hard it's okay. If I back off at all it bangs the bars all over the place. It's like the fork is plush for the 1st 1/3 of the travel then hits the midvalve and stiffens up. As suggested I backed off the rebound on the shock and it got better. I took a little less than 1 once oil out of the forks but noticed no real difference. I'll try less rebound on the fork and see what happens. I doubt the fork goes more than 2/3 down when I'm trail riding, it does not come close to bottoming.
Again the faster I go the better it feels, but if I'm in the woods all day, I just can't keep standing with my head over the bars all day.
I do have some 44 fork springs I'm tempted to try but I don't have time to test it. I'll have to put them on and just ride all weekend with them good or bad.
Posted June 09, 2004 - 10:07 AM
Posted June 09, 2004 - 02:09 PM
It's the fork thats the problem. The shock is okay. The compression clickers high and low are all the way out. The rebound is set out 4-5 clicks less than for moto, front and rear. I'm 190 with 4.7 fork and 5.6 shock springs.
Posted June 10, 2004 - 05:42 AM
Posted June 10, 2004 - 08:25 AM
I thought it was best to run the suspension as soft as possible until you get bottoming. I will certainly try less rebound which may very well be causing some packing.
It's no biggie now as I just picked up a pair of 250f forks with lighter springs (44) which I will have revalved for rocks. The problem is I want my WR to do everything, 50ft flat landings and still play trials bike in the rocks too. Guess you cannot do that with the same suspension.
I'm gonna swap on the 250f forks this weekend and see how the softer settings work. If no good I'll just swap the 4.7's back on.
Thanks for all your help guys.
Posted June 14, 2004 - 06:23 AM
I rode the 2 day ride in NH this weekend and the suspension worked okay as long as I was agressive and not tired. I did not try the other forks yet. I rode some high speed stuff and it did not even close to bottoming though. I guess I have to stop trying to make the bike into a GasGas.
Surprisingly the YZ cam timing was not a problem at all. I think I stalled all of 1 time all weekend and it chugged 2nd gear up the snot rock hills with no problem. Much better than I expected. The hit came in handy for yanking the wheel off stuff I did not want to hit with the too stiff forks. The stiff rear shock beat my butt if I was too tired to stand up. Standing up and on the gas the bike was great save for the high speed rock hits that knock the bars out of my hands!
Posted June 14, 2004 - 11:11 PM