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post #1 of 36 Old 06-24-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hey. I was riding home last night and my front end got all soft like I had a flat. I didn't realize until I got home that the front shock had hardly any resistance. What happened and how do I fix it? I'm going on a 10,000 mile ride starting next week!

I had almost the same problem with my rear shock. All of a sudden there was no resistance. My shop swapped it for me and the same thing happened with the new one. I weigh about 155 (+110 with my girl on the back) and have the rear preload set to 4 just to get it to where it was when the bike was new.

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post #2 of 36 Old 06-24-2013, 10:46 PM
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Serious question: What do you think happened to it?

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Is there any oil leaking from them? Is the bike still on warrenty? Welcome to the Forum!
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Sounds to me like there should be some kind of leakage, strange to have it go soft without any leakage at all, read into that what you will, but I talking about the bike.

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Don't know. I hit a stretch of new pavement and the softness started around that time. It continued after the new pavement ended so I stopped to check for a flat - later realized the suspension was screwy. My clymber manual wasn't much help. Was hoping there's a well-known solution if it's a common problem.
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Is there any oil leaking from them? Is the bike still on warrenty? Welcome to the Forum!
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No oil, no warranty...
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Sounds to me like there should be some kind of leakage, strange to have it go soft without any leakage at all, read into that what you will, but I talking about the bike.


Yeah, it happened pretty suddenly too and while I was going pretty fast. I swear, it's never happened before...
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Well, I'll let the pros chime in, but it sounds like one of 3 things:

1. Fork seals trashed. Weird that both go at the same time. That's why I asked you what you "think" happened. As in, did you hit something very hard?

2. Aftermarket set-up tweaked. Does your bike have emulators or after-market (Progressive, etc.) shocks or springs? It may just be a matter of re-adjusting them.

3. Oh, boy...
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Well, I'll let the pros chime in, but it sounds like one of 3 things:

1. Fork seals trashed. Weird that both go at the same time. That's why I asked you what you "think" happened. As in, did you hit something very hard?

2. Aftermarket set-up tweaked. Does your bike have emulators or after-market (Progressive, etc.) shocks or springs? It may just be a matter of re-adjusting them.

3. Oh, boy...
1. Nope. was cruising down the highway when I noticed it.

2. No aftermarket mods to the front-end.

3. Err... Yeah?
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one would think in order for it to go soft there would HAVE to be a leak. there really is no other explanation.

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