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post #1 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Not that impressed with--------------------

-- the front suspension.Feels a bit harsh to me.
I did a ride that I have done many times before (on a 2001 Bonnie and the KLR)and I feel that the Wee2 front is just not absorbing the small hits.Its harsh and jarring back through the grips into the old arthritic thumbs.
Question is-Will the forks come good with more kl, only 1,800 on the clock now,or if thats just the way they are,has anyone fitted Rycor Intiminators to the Wee2 ? I have them on the KLR and they are great but having difficulty finding info on them on a Wee2
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It's still a damper rod fork rather than a cartridge. Ricor Intiminators or Race Tech cartridge emulators and some work should improve things.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Just my 2 cents but I believe my '12 handles better than my '06 did.

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You are comparing completely different bikes. Of the three i have owned the strom has been the best at absorbing bumps.

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My Glee is better than my Wee was stock, but not as good as the Traxxion fork upgrade.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Have you checked your tyre pressures?
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 08:27 AM
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Get the Ricors, they are much easier to dial in than the RaceTechs.

The very best consolidated info you will find here on the topic (and the topic has been beaten to death) was written up by AceRider:

Intiminator Review

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Just my 2 cents but I believe my '12 handles better than my '06 did.
Yeah, it does, but it can be a lot better.

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The bike in question is a Wee2 (topic beaten to death )I have found lots of information on pre 12 Wee but little on the L2.Do the same rules apply ?
I'm assuming (from information provided on site)that the forks on the L2 are differant than previous models.
AceRiders exelent review looks to be based on a 09.
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The Glee forks are stronger sprung and better damped than the Wee. Still, they are damper rod forks and compression v. rebound damping control is not as well controlled as it can be with cartridge forks.

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