what are the symptoms of a bad/blown front shock. Would the swingarm just flop around or would the spring keep enough tension to hold up the fork?
Maybe i'm just timid because of the sandy streets, but it seems like when i get going 35-45mph my steering seems sketchy, esp. when the road gets a little bumpy. When i push down on the front end it returns fine, but it seems real spongy. Is this regular wear and tear or should i get a new shock?
yeah, i don't know... i think i'm just scared. I checked the fork and thats straight and tight. The rim is straight and the tires are good (40psi). I guess my frame could (and should) be bent, but it looks good from the ass end to me? at 6000 mi and after a LOT of abuse, i suppose a little squishiness is probably in order.
I'll just have to wait until this weekend and gear up and open it up a little more.
You have to go by what your manual says, not what is on the tire. That 47psi doesn't take in consideration what you are driving, just what they say is the max psi their tire can perform safely. Check your manual, a P200 is 18 I can't see a Stella being too far off from that. Most people run 18-22 front and 24-28 rear (32 or so with 2 up)
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i guess that would make sense...
i put air in the tires at the gas station about a month ago without a gauge. I probably just didn't realize how low they've been.
My bike shop days taught me to lower psi in crappy conditions (i.e. snow, rain, etc.) to increase the surface area of the tire in contact with the road. So i guess that would carry, but it's good to know to go off the bike's rating rather than the tire.
p.s-Keith, contrary to popular myth, i do enjoy my health and brain functions...i even wear a helmet and gloves, and sometimes now a leather jacket. I'm so safe!
p.p.s.- so stoked... i got my first battery in 3 years!! electric(wuss) start, HERE I COME!!!
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If your shock is blown your front wheel will be really bouncy. You will bottom out the travel of the shock going over very tiny bumps like curb cuts for driveways. When you push down on your handlebars there should be a lot of resistance and it should return to it's resting position in one smooth movement. Any bouncing or occilation indicates taht something is up. When my shock was blown I also had a sticky, greasy leak from the shock that dripped onto by brake disk and rim.
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