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Offline Losper

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Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« on: April 03, 2017, 05:08:40 pm »
Has anybody done a suspension upgrade to there Africa Twin?
I have just ordered the Hyper-pro progressive front springs form Honda Bloemfontein.
I weigh 90kg and find that when I jump my bike it often bottoms out,  my suspension is set just below HARD.

A friend of mine ( he weighs 125kg's) has had his front and rear suspension done ( Hyper-pro )last week and he is extremely happy.

BTW,  you get a spring set for 80 to 120kg and then a heavier duty set for 120kg's +
 
« Last Edit: April 03, 2017, 05:28:35 pm by Losper »
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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 05:19:37 pm »
I will be watching this space.
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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 10:51:41 am »
So Losper, have you done the upgrade ? What are your thoughts please. Did you simply swop out the springs and oil or did you do some valve work ?

I have also just pulled the forks and shock and having the Hyper Pro 20mm lift kit fitted today. You mentioned two different spring rates from Hyperpro, but when I contacted the factory I was told that they only have a standard height and the 20mm lift springs that are stiffer than stock ?

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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 11:19:05 am »
I'm probably wrong but surely 90kg is within the normal weight range for an adventure bike, which is designed to carry 2? I would have thought it was more a valving issue - and that kind of riding just overwhelms a pretty basic suspension system designed for 'normal' riding conditions. I believe KTM are addressing exactly this kind of situation in the changes from 1190R to 1090R.

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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 12:25:30 pm »
Catchy,  I got the info from my Honda dealer ( looks like not accurate info ) 

Please explain what exactly is the "Lift kit"? is it longer springs or just an extra extension piece? Is this for the rear or front setup or both?

I have only ordered the progressive front springs (still waiting for it), so it will only be a replacement of front springs and oil.  It might be worth my while to get it re-valved at a later stage as well.
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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 12:35:45 pm »
Catchy,  I got the info from my Honda dealer ( looks like not accurate info ) 

Please explain what exactly is the "Lift kit"? is it longer springs or just an extra extension piece? Is this for the rear or front setup or both?

I have only ordered the progressive front springs (still waiting for it), so it will only be a replacement of front springs and oil.  It might be worth my while to get it re-valved at a later stage as well.

According to Hyperpro their lift kit will raise the bike by 20mm due to the replacement springs (font and rear ) being slightly longer and stiffer.
I might also go the re-valving route if I feel the current setup cant cope with the dampening. Should be putting everything back together tonight. :thumleft:
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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 06:56:15 pm »
I wonder if it will be possible to change only the rear suspension. So far I have been 'happy' with the front end but the rear is too soft for my riding.
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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2017, 10:11:48 am »
I wonder if it will be possible to change only the rear suspension. So far I have been 'happy' with the front end but the rear is too soft for my riding.
Yes it is possible,  I had only my front done.
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Re: Suspension upgrade CRF 1000 L
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2017, 10:05:51 pm »
The progressive front spring upgrade is by far the best "farkle" I have done to my bike.
Makes a huge difference to the handling.
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