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post #1 of 7 Old 06-03-2010, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Strength of the front forks on the Wee?

Hey all,

I've been tempted by the Wee for, oh, over a year now. I have an '06 SV650S, and I've heard the SVs have weak stock front fork/triple assemblies and can't handle much of a fall before tweaking. Does anyone know if the stock DL650 fork/triple setup is the same as the SV or more robust?

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You've heard bullshit.
All motorcycle front ends are fragile: lots of leverage between the wheel and the frame attachment.

The wee, or the sv are no worse than anything else out there unless it has hub-steering, which comes with its own can of worms.
The best system is BMW's dual control-arm setup, but that's pricey and heavy.

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Hey all,

I've been tempted by the Wee for, oh, over a year now. I have an '06 SV650S, and I've heard the SVs have weak stock front fork/triple assemblies and can't handle much of a fall before tweaking. Does anyone know if the stock DL650 fork/triple setup is the same as the SV or more robust?

Thanks!
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My DL has survived a couple of spills off road. The front end got twisted on one - I needed to loosen the triple clamp bolts and give it a shake and re-tighten - other than that no damage.
A friend with the 1000 has had the same experience.

Less damage prone than the KTM 990 front end for sure (a lot shorter - less lever arm etc) but you'll need to have a serious crash to actually damage either.

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You've heard bullshit.
All motorcycle front ends are fragile: lots of leverage between the wheel and the frame attachment.

The wee, or the sv are no worse than anything else out there unless it has hub-steering, which comes with its own can of worms.
The best system is BMW's dual control-arm setup, but that's pricey and heavy.
I understand in general that the front end of a motorcycle is fragile, but come on, you're telling me that the front end of like a KLR is apples-to-apples with the front end of like a Ninja in terms of general crash durability?
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The front forks are perfectly adequate for dual sport use, they do need a fork brace for best on-road performance. As for crash resistance, I would suspect the condition of your front forks will be a secondary concern in the event of a crash, the primary concern being your various body parts. I don't know of anyone who has gone down and said, well at least my front forks did well.

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The front forks are perfectly adequate for dual sport use, they do need a fork brace for best on-road performance. As for crash resistance, I would suspect the condition of your front forks will be a secondary concern in the event of a crash, the primary concern being your various body parts. I don't know of anyone who has gone down and said, well at least my front forks did well.
Lol. I guess I'm thinking of my experiences going down. Both of them were very far from home and actually, my second thought was "can I still get home or am I gonna have to push my credit limit to tow the bike home." (My first thought was "Wow, motorcycling is really dangerous, WTF am I doing??" And then I get back on and continue riding. )

I am thinking of smaller crashes/downs though, like what happen on dirt/gravel, or low-speed incidents. Obviously if I get hit by a semi going 80 on the interstate I'm not expecting the forks to be straight.
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I understand in general that the front end of a motorcycle is fragile, but come on, you're telling me that the front end of like a KLR is apples-to-apples with the front end of like a Ninja in terms of general crash durability?
Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were asking a question; I hadn't realised you were starting an argument...

If you crash a ninja at its cruising speed and a klr at its cruising speed, the ninja's suspension will have more damage; neither will be damaged if you drop it at walking speed.

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