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post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2016, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Cure for fork problem

I'm just getting back into riding after a few decades. I took the MSF course and bought a 2014 DL650 ADV back in Feb. and I've added about 3,000 miles to the 6,200 it already had on it. I like it. I think it will do just fine for me for quite a while. I don't know a lot of about motorcycle parts and maintenance, so please dumb it down for me.

There is just one thing that really irritates me about the bike. At slow speed, like stopping for a stop sign, when I hit the front brake, I feel what I call "a nose dive" on the front of the bike. The forks really compress and I feel like I'm physically pushed off balance forward. I have the adjustment screws all the way in to "0." I'm fine with the front fork performance at higher speeds, but that slow stop, say 10 mph to zero, is uncomfortable for me. So my choices are stop with mostly rear brake and do the front sparingly, or put up with it. I'm a big guy, 250 pounds, but the rear suspension seems fine, even the mid-range setting.

So, is there any reasonably priced mod that I can have made to the forks to solve that? I have seen the Gold Valves online and some similar things. I would have a mechanic do the work and I can make an investment, I just want to make sure it will do what I want. Thanks!
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Yes that is exactly what was happening to me and the springs and gold valves fixed it. I no longer feel like im going to fall when slowing down at low speeds.

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Search for Ricor Intiminators and Sonic springs there are multiple threads on this.

For 250lbs you need stiffer springs, and Intiminators are designed to eliminate brake dive. Both will address the issue.

While you are at it get a fork brace it will make bike handle better and fork go longer between the rebuilds.

Sonic site has spring rate calculator, plug your riding weight and it will tell you which springs good luck.

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To OP: Just punched your numbers in RaceTech and Sonic calculators and both came up with 1.0-1.1kg/mm 20℅ stiffer than OEMs.

You likely need stiffer rear too. BTW cranking up rear preload reduces weight transfer and helps to reduce dive good luck.
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I wish i had gotten the rear gold valves too as i feel how the front and rear work differently. Definitely the front is more important though

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At 250lbs, I suggest you do not go over 1.0kg front especially if keeping g rear stock. I might even suggest 0.95, especially if you are going g to put in intimintor later

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