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    TW on a GW Campervan

    Got the TW now and the hitch rack for the GW Sprinter van (named Englebert). Works well.
    THe TW however needs some suspension help. It is as I got it from the dealer but the front seems very harsh . Checked tire pressure and it is 17-18psi. What can I do to check the forks out? (I always have my KTM forks worked on by a pro but don't want to go there just yet).
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    Your forks don't have enough oil in them. Common problem. See here: Fork Oil - changing
    Start on post #13.

    After you have read all the way through, ignore all of it except for the 130mm oil level. Fix that and ride if for a while. If you are like me and around 180 to 200, that's all you need to do. I did all the rest and still ended up at the 130 mm level.

    In the dirt, 12 to 14 makes for a better ride, but only good for short distances on the highway. It drops gas mileage about 10 to 15 mpg on pavement.
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    That tire pressure makes sense for sure. How do you check oil level in forks? I'm assuming on a bike stand with weight off the front end.
    Just read the post #13...
    Then it is a Cycleracks back rack and hand guards and see how it goes from there... only have 25 or so miles on it so far (and that was around my property).
    Last edited by Marley; 05-18-2017 at 01:11 PM. Reason: Being stupid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marley View Post
    ......only have 25 or so miles on it so far .....
    Time to change the oil and clean the filter.
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    I think I know the problem.

    "(I always have my KTM forks worked on by a pro but don't want to go there just yet)."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterb View Post
    I think I know the problem.

    "(I always have my KTM forks worked on by a pro but don't want to go there just yet)."
    Yeah sounds like a little wimpy thing to say... 'I get my shocks rebuilt after every ride and change my oil each time we stop for lunch'
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    Really, adding oil to the TW shocks is almost a easy as changing the oil in the engine...except for the need to suspend the bike so the front end can fully extend.
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    "wimpy thing to say"


    No I just meant that you can never expect the TW suspension to be anything like a KTM
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyTFS View Post
    Really, adding oil to the TW shocks is almost a easy as changing the oil in the engine...except for the need to suspend the bike so the front end can fully extend.
    I have the hydraulic bike stand so...is it just pulling the fork caps and measuring? And then adding a few ml at a time to get to 130...?

    Also how do you remove the right hand mirror? Left hand one came off normally but right one will only turn (with effort) about 1/2 turn either CW or CCW.
    Last edited by Marley; 05-19-2017 at 08:32 AM. Reason: Mirror question
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    1) The recogmended fork oil level needs to be set with springs,spacers etc removed from fork legs and legs collapsed. Most accurately and easily done with fork legs vertical so you don’t have to worry about correcting for the cosine of the angle of the dangle. Other than that you have the right idea, add a bit of oil and re-measure.

    2) Right side mirror has reverse threads so that an impact on mirror from branch, etc loosens mirror shaft rather than breaking shaft or perch. As such loosen and remove by turning clockwise rather than counterclockwise.
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