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post #1 of 27 Old 09-12-2013, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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Does your Glee "Wiggle"?

Okay folks...today I took a 300-mile test ride of the '12 DL650 with the fork tubes extended about 6-7mm above the top of the triple tree & I can now say with a great deal of confidence:

1) Any "lightness" I felt in the front end is now gone...the front is now PLANTED!

2) the bike "turns-in" very easily but smoothly & predictably, but the most notable difference was the "planted" feeling upon exiting corners...absolutely zero headshake

3) the modification has allowed me to use every millimeter of my rear tire's width...no chicken strips are evident (in all fairness, before I made the adjustment I had less than 2mm of "chicken strips"...so yes, it had made the bike "sharper", but only a little).

Sooooo, if you have been one of those people who feels like the DL650's front-end is a little "light" or tends to "wiggle", try dropping the triple tree about 6mm!

I will not go back to the stock configuration (unless my new Anakee III tires have a radically different profile & handling characteristics from the Bridgestone TrailWings).
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I can't say that I've noticed it...I've done it on other bikes, but can't say that I feel the need to on the Glee.

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Okay folks...today I took a 300-mile test ride of the '12 DL650 with the fork tubes extended about 6-7mm above the top of the triple tree & I can now say with a great deal of confidence:

1) Any "lightness" I felt in the front end is now gone...the front is now PLANTED!

2) the bike "turns-in" very easily but smoothly & predictably, but the most notable difference was the "planted" feeling upon exiting corners...absolutely zero headshake

3) the modification has allowed me to use every millimeter of my rear tire's width...no chicken strips are evident (in all fairness, before I made the adjustment I had less than 2mm of "chicken strips"...so yes, it had made the bike "sharper", but only a little).

Sooooo, if you have been one of those people who feels like the DL650's front-end is a little "light" or tends to "wiggle", try dropping the triple tree about 6mm!

I will not go back to the stock configuration (unless my new Anakee III tires have a radically different profile & handling characteristics from the Bridgestone TrailWings).

Woudn't a fork brace accomplish similar results?

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Mine never had a wiggle or wobble. It had a fork brace from day one though.

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Woudn't a fork brace accomplish similar results?
Have one on mine and it does the same. Aside from the tires (conti trail attack 2) its still there. This maybe the next step on my list if the shop doest change the steering stem bearing...

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I don't really notice any wiggle aside from the little bit I may get when leaned over and hit a road imperfection. It is never anything but a minor amount and does not feel light. Compared to say a BMW F800GS the front feels more planted. I did put on a fork brace however and that changed nothing.

I may raise the butt end however which will accomplish the same thing and see what happens.

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Have one on mine and it does the same. Aside from the tires (conti trail attack 2) its still there.
My Wee had a wobble at 40mph with original Road Attacks. I've seen a number of posts indicating TAs cause a wobble. I haven't seen reports about the TA2s.

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Okay I have been thinking about doing this since i got my 2012. My original thought was to wait until I got used to it but I haven't really felt the dying need to do it on the 12. Well with about 44,000 miles I think I'm used to it so perhaps in the next few days I'll try it.

BTW I did it on my 2006 and in my opinion it was the one single best modifications possible on that bike. It cured the high speed instability (especially around trucks, but that isn't an issue on the 12), made turn-in much nicer. Made the bike feel more planted. etc. I did about half an inch on that though.

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No wiggle on my 2012 with or without the fork brace, with or without raising the forks.

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No wiggles on my stock '13 650. Just crossed 3500 miles.

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