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2004 doesn't seem to quite know which way it wants to go. New Shinko 705 (very nice). Lowered by previous owner with links in the rear and dropping the front end. Seems silly to me. Considering that the slight wandering and tendency to lock too hard into turns (strong turns take counter steering OUT of the turn to avoid automatic tightening of radius for mellow riding) might be a result of the back being too low. Considering getting adjustable links, setting to 0 lowering and then maybe a little bit, depending on what it feels like.

Does this make sense? Trying to set up for easy riding by SO.

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It was probably lowered to accommodate a shorter rider. How many miles on the tires? They may be cupped and/or unevenly worn. My DL had the same symptoms when I first got it. It'd practically fall out from under me during a left, but right turns were normal. New tires fixed it.
 

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Oh...it doesn't take very many miles to cup tires, either, and some brands are worse about it than others.
 

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The tires have about 80 miles on them. This was really odd with the old tires (very worn rear). More pressure helped lots. Running these at 36 / 39 - feels pretty good.

It was lowered for a shorter rider.

The intended victim for this bike is 5-9, versus perhaps 5-7 for the previous fellow. I am 5-10 and could easily handle 2" higher in the saddle! So I see no issue with putting back to stock. She has sat on stock DL1000 and commented favorably. One of the numerous reasons we have one!
 

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First time with the 705s? These tires have a totally different turn in behavior than most others. "Normal" counter steering can certainly be too much input. I run 40/40 f/r typically. I'm on the 3rd or 4th set, they do take some getting used to.
 

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First time with the 705s? These tires have a totally different turn in behavior than most others. "Normal" counter steering can certainly be too much input. I run 40/40 f/r typically. I'm on the 3rd or 4th set, they do take some getting used to.
Just what I was thinking. The Shinkos are great tires, but they really do feel odd for the first few miles.
 

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My 2005 came lowered by the PO. I've since replaced the links to sit a bit higher than stock. I'm 6'2", so this works for me.

On my 2nd set of 705's now, and they really do take some getting familiar with. In my experience, the bike tends to fall into corners, tightening the radius. A roll on throttle picks it up, but there is always a little wandering. I think it's a characteristic of the 705's widely spaced blocks and maybe a bit attributed to the long travel suspension. Now that I'm used to the feel, I doesn't bother me and I've never had any issues losing traction unpredictably.

Ride on...
~M~
 

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I found my Heidenau Scouts were the same, fell into corners and I really didn't like them much. Now I'm used to them its all good, much more confidence inspiring in the dirt and predictable on the tar. Higher front tyre pressure helps, as does Richland Rick's fork brace.
 

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Thanks for the reassurance. I will work with tire pressure a bit. Much superior to the old Avons that were worn out.
 
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