xr650l susp. ?

4 replies to this topic
  • goblin127

Posted July 05, 2005 - 06:13 AM


I was going up a long fairly steap,gravel road and the rear end of the bike seemed to have a weird hop to the rear susp. Just doesnt feel right. the susp is dialed up preety stiff is this the problem?

  • roadcam

Posted July 05, 2005 - 06:54 AM


story has it our XR650L is sprung from the factory for a 160-pound rider ... unless you're real light, I doubt if you're set up too stiff ... us bigger guys run the clickers up as hard as they'll go, and still too soft without aftermarket springs

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  • easton_kooka

Posted July 05, 2005 - 08:56 AM


This is a fairly common sensation of gravel, because it is a strange surface. Lots of grip but yet very little, so it's easy to get minor non-constant spinning of the rear wheel. This is especially the case when you're pulling fairly low RPMs. This slip/grip would then feed back through the suspension causing you to feel a hopping sensation as the suspension compressed and extended from chain torque. And since suspension is fun, this hopping makes the slip/grip oscillations worse and the hop sensation gets larger.

You can check if this is the case by seeing how the oscillations change at different RPMs on the same hill.

  • goblin127

Posted July 05, 2005 - 07:55 PM


Thanx easton that seems to some it up very well. I will be hiten that hill again soon.

  • Rover31

Posted July 05, 2005 - 09:37 PM


have you set your sag 1st?

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