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With all the new ADV bikes coming out- none are really screaming to me to get rid of my 2003 Vee.

Weight was something I was most interested in seeing if I could do better- but not really seeing much benefits from the 790 or Tenere 700

Got me thinking about swapping some enduro forks or MX forks to the Vee and adjusting the rake to make it ride appropriately.

I was looking at MX forks- but they only have a rotor on one side. I also want to keep as much braking potential as possible.

Any suggestions for longer travel forks? I can figure out the triple tree.


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The 790 is on a whole other level and the real deal, the ole 1000’s would be lucky to have the suspension and performance of the latest 1000.....save your money, that’s my 2 cents. Sure you can make your bike a bit better, but mostly it is what it is. We’re talking over 9 inches of suspension travel on the 790, that’s because it’s a true dual sport.
 

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Fair enough. Money is definitely being saved. I was asking as much for discussion’s sake as anything else.

I’ll keep an eye on CL and see what pops up.


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I'm in a similar position right now, considering similar things.
I did a recent quick search and found that possibly some years of XR600R and DR650 forks are both 43mm, which is the same as a vee. Not too sure of the bolt-on ability but I don't think it would be a huge deal to swap out one of those front ends onto a vee and then upgrade the internals for something suited to the weight. There are a few threads around where people swap out wee forks for DR forks.

It would be a bit of work, but if the parts could be found cheap enough it might be worth it for you. Getting a new bike would be a huge upgrade, but imho there is something to be said about making what you have into what you want.
 

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Having had and still have DR650 their forks are at least 50 year old technology just like the DL. One of the somewhat common mods for the DR folks to do is swap out RM from end to get USD forks and triples to match.

The easiest most cost effective thing to do to the DR/DL650 is add some fork internals like intiminators or gold valves, springs and oil to match you riding style.

The next easiest cost effective thing to so is sell your DL and buy something with a higher spec suspension.

There is a lot more to it that just finding forks that fit. Length, stroke, spring/rebound rates to match the bikes weight. Then if you lengthen the front the rear of the bike now needs to be dealt with. Now more travel/stroke front and rear do the wheels contact hard parts. Is the geometry still throw off and readability is sacrificed. Does the swing arm or chain now bind and on and on.
 

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Where are you riding that you need more fork travel? If I can get my skid pan up on any obstacle I can power across it "if" I have momentum. I have tried single track(trail 82 near Tellico Plains TN) and I found that even though our bikes can do it, it just was not what I would call fun. On the technical portions we had to slow down to almost a crawl which got us high centered a few times. Leaves + ruts + wet + steep had us pushing each other's fat pigs up inclines which was exhausting. Anyway, from now on I will stick to two track and there is plenty of that nationwide to satisfy my off pavement kink and allow me to keep speed up hammer the skid plate even more;)
 

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All good points. Thinking about this more, I think I focus on suspension currently on the bike and the when the time comes, upgrade or pick up another bike more suited to technical riding.


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