Better handling on trails

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  • sgifford

Posted September 10, 2005 - 07:44 PM


I recently completed a top-end rebuild on my son's XR250 (now a 280). To break it in, I spent some time riding the bike on trails. I had never really ridden it much before, but I found I really enjoyed how light and quick it was through a twisty trail. It was a real contrast to my XR650L.

There's not much more I can do to lighten up my L, but I did decide to raise the fork tubes 5mm (the line where the fork cap meets the fork tube is 5mm above the triple-clamp) to see if it would handle better on trails. It has made a very noticeable difference. My 'L' steers more quickly, and I'm able to throw it around corners more easily than before. It's easier for me to use berms to get through a corner quickly.

I haven't had a chance to ride at freeway speeds yet, but I don't expect a problem with stability. I've been up to approx 55 mph in the dirt, and it felt stable.

Just thought I'd share this for anyone who'd like a quicker-handling BRP in the trails.

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