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if you soften stock forks, u will slam 'em at course end every 100 meters...

u can't just to set up forks because porphyry cobbles roads... this have no sense...


it's better if u ask a decent informed RL biker before wasting money..
 

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Its likely you are already bottoming them out thats why they feel so stiff.

Check it yourself. Pop a ziptie around the lower fork tube (not too tight but tight enough that it will stay in place once moved by the upper tube) Then you can see how much travel you are actually using.
 

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Its likely you are already bottoming them out thats why they feel so stiff.

Check it yourself. Pop a ziptie around the lower fork tube (not too tight but tight enough that it will stay in place once moved by the upper tube) Then you can see how much travel you are actually using.
OK. What should I expect to find?
 

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So......at the risk of looking pretty naïve.......

Although I am still very new to riding my Grom (and it has been quite a few years prior since my last motorcycle), it is not yet obvious to me that the stock suspension is all that lacking. Maybe I am just not riding my Grom very fast or very hard (at least not yet)....? But obviously...I would have to buy new suspension in order to try new suspension (and thus see to what extent I can tell the difference).....I guess?

So I am curious if there is a more obvious way for me to recognize the limitations of the stock suspension -- such that I can better consider the virtues of up-grading one day?
 

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So......at the risk of looking pretty naïve.......

Although I am still very new to riding my Grom (and it has been quite a few years prior since my last motorcycle), it is not yet obvious to me that the stock suspension is all that lacking. Maybe I am just not riding my Grom very fast or very hard (at least not yet)....? But obviously...I would have to buy new suspension in order to try new suspension (and thus see to what extent I can tell the difference).....I guess?

So I am curious if there is a more obvious way for me to recognize the limitations of the stock suspension -- such that I can better consider the virtues of up-grading one day?
I too have not had issues with the stock suspension...well, beyond a little back pain. However, I've had the crappy stock tires on up to this point. They don't allow riding very hard since, you know, they're horrible. I can barely stop in a straight line without skidding.

Many people have problems with the forks bottoming out. They're pretty poopy.
 

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youve got to stop using your rear brake! the rear brake is pretty much insta death!

ugh...no its not... proper use of the rear brake will make you a good rider.


Stock suspension is what it is stock... front is horribly soft and not properly dampened and the rear is possibly a lil stiff and not properly dampened.
 

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So......at the risk of looking pretty naïve.......

Although I am still very new to riding my Grom (and it has been quite a few years prior since my last motorcycle), it is not yet obvious to me that the stock suspension is all that lacking. Maybe I am just not riding my Grom very fast or very hard (at least not yet)....? But obviously...I would have to buy new suspension in order to try new suspension (and thus see to what extent I can tell the difference).....I guess?

So I am curious if there is a more obvious way for me to recognize the limitations of the stock suspension -- such that I can better consider the virtues of up-grading one day?
Easy. All it requires is a little ripple in the road, keep the bike upright and then using the brake quite hard run over those bumps. The suspension will go to full compression, and the bumps will loft the front wheel, locking it in the air. I experienced this same problem on a Ninja 250 as well as the Grom prior to switching out the suspension.
 
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