XR650L diving front end

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  • gtr-fxr

Posted June 23, 2007 - 03:01 PM


Anyone experience the front end of your 'L' diving and plowing upon deceleration in loose dirt,sand or mud? I feel like I'm about to go over the bars when this happens. 5' 9" 165#. Bike still has stock front tire. I've got the bars rolled as far forward as I dare. Should I adjust the clickers on the forks? What might be a good setting?
Any thoughts???

  • wheelnut46

Posted June 23, 2007 - 06:55 PM


I adjusted my forks just a couple clicks from full hard but I suspect that the most frustrating part of your setup is the stock front tire. It washes out off road a LOT. Get a decent aggressive tire on there and see the difference.

  • gtr-fxr

Posted June 24, 2007 - 05:06 AM


I've got a new MT-21 in the garage. Waiting to recover from the rear tire install before attacking the front. Should be easier though. I'll adjust the clickers too.
Thanks for the reply

  • Huffa 2

Posted June 24, 2007 - 05:19 AM


You might want to change the fork oil too, you can always put a heavier weight in from stock if you want a overall stiffer/slower feel to them.

You can ALSO fine tune the forks by upping the oil level in them a bit.

More oil = forks stiffening up sooner in the travel = less nose dive.

  • brightman

Posted June 24, 2007 - 03:44 PM


i put 1.5 lbs of air in forks and that helped a bunch

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  • martinfan30

Posted June 27, 2007 - 12:25 PM


mt21 tires fixed alot of that stuff on my L.

  • truck6driver

Posted June 27, 2007 - 06:01 PM


I put Progressive variable rate springs in my 94' (the dealer did anyway). Helped out alot. Front end had a completely different feel even on the street.


  • MartinDKtm

Posted June 28, 2007 - 03:23 AM


I did change my oil to 10w and set the clicker in the middle setup , 7 click I think and I always have an good agressive tire and it works great for me. I also have fork brace ao I don't know if they help for something here.


  • MikeZ

Posted June 28, 2007 - 07:47 AM


Remember suspension is a balance.

Very seriously, check the rebound in the rear. I suspect you may be very low or your shock may tired.


  • martinfan30

Posted June 28, 2007 - 08:12 AM


ya fork brace made a difference too on mine.

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