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Is there anyone that has replaced his front suspension with a donor bike for improvement? The stock shocks has to little travel and an Africa twin front suspsension for example will make the ride much more plush.

Any ideas? I am from South Africa so not much info here.
 

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It's been done but usually accompanied by a 21" front wheel. Those results are mixed even though a lot of work goes into that swap. I suggest you first have a competent suspension shop rebuild your oem forks including valving and springs.

Don't forget about the rear shock it also contributes to crappy handling/ride if it is over taxed by weight or rider or road surface or all 3. Fortunately in the US we have a couple of shops that will take apart the 'non-re-buildable' oem rear shock and re-valve/re-spring for a reasonable cost.

Then again it looks like you may get the new Yamaha Tenere 700 next year which will be a beast off pavement and instantly solve all your suspension issues;)
 

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Hi,

I'm considering buying a new 650 XT but I keep hearing that its front suspension isn't upto the mark. I had gone for a short test ride and I didn't find any issues with it but the operative word being "short", I can't take a decision on that experience.

One issue that I faced was that as soon as I'd leave the throttle for engine braking, the bike would dive a little and it wasn't smooth at all. I'm not sure if this is linked to the suspension or the throttle response.

Hence, I'd be grateful if the experts on this forum could throw more light on this.

Thanks



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Front dive should be noticeable when doing threshold braking, but not when you let up on the throttle. How much you weigh and how aggressive do you ride? Those two things make a big difference on how the suspension reacts/feels.
 

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Front dive should be noticeable when doing threshold braking, but not when you let up on the throttle. How much you weigh and how aggressive do you ride? Those two things make a big difference on how the suspension reacts/feels.
Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

My hands were nowhere near the brake lever, I just let go of the throttle expecting gentle engine braking but it wasn't smooth at all. Have you faced any issues with throttling? I weight 70odd and I was riding at 50kays so I'm sure that is not the cause for what I felt.

Do also let me know if you're happy with the suspension in general.

Thanks.

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It's been done but usually accompanied by a 21" front wheel. Those results are mixed even though a lot of work goes into that swap. I suggest you first have a competent suspension shop rebuild your oem forks including valving and springs.

Don't forget about the rear shock it also contributes to crappy handling/ride if it is over taxed by weight or rider or road surface or all 3. Fortunately in the US we have a couple of shops that will take apart the 'non-re-buildable' oem rear shock and re-valve/re-spring for a reasonable cost.

Then again it looks like you may get the new Yamaha Tenere 700 next year which will be a beast off pavement and instantly solve all your suspension issues;)
Do you happen to know the name of a shop that will work on a rear shock? TIA.
 

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

My hands were nowhere near the brake lever, I just let go of the throttle expecting gentle engine braking but it wasn't smooth at all. Have you faced any issues with throttling? I weight 70odd and I was riding at 50kays so I'm sure that is not the cause for what I felt.

Do also let me know if you're happy with the suspension in general.

Thanks.

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No, I was not happy with the stock suspension, especially on washboards. I am a moderately aggressive rider and go off pavement quite a bit, so the suspension re-build was a good move for me.

What you are describing is what we call "snatchy throttle". It usually occurs in lower speed situations such as in tight curves. A loose throttle cable adjustment can make it worse, but most of us just get used to it and learn to feather the throttle in those situations.
 
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