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    Suspension Questions for City Potholes

    Purple’s fork oil (hamster) thread got me thinking about my suspension. Do any of you folks who ride a mostly street setup have advice for softening up the ride on potholed streets? Oil type, weight, volume, springs, etc? Lowering the tire pressure has helped. This winter, I gotta get what I assume is the original fork oil out, so if there’s something I can or should do that will be the time to do it. I’m 175 and currently on BW203 and 204. Bike is a 2001 with 5,500 miles, tires probably 1,500.

    Took my first cold weather ride yesterday. Everything on the suspension seemed stiffer times ten. Is that to be expected?

    I know if I really want a soft ride, I really need a different bike. But if I sold this one, I’d just end up buying another TW, so I guess I need to get it as good as I can and accept the ride as it is. Cheers
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    If you are 175, you are a lot older than me. And still riding! My advice is dodge the potholes, it is a sort of game you play with the people responsible for them.
    They try to shorten your life and the life of your bike and you try to frustrate them, and have fun doing it.

    I see you have a photo of two Walmart shoppers for an avatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phelonius View Post
    If you are 175, you are a lot older than me. And still riding! My advice is dodge the potholes, it is a sort of game you play with the people responsible for them.
    They try to shorten your life and the life of your bike and you try to frustrate them, and have fun doing it.

    I see you have a photo of two Walmart shoppers for an avatar.
    LOL - They are my sisters, and they’re available. Phelonius - is your VanVan any softer on bumpy roads? Pretty sure the seat would be good for my roids. Cheers
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    [QUOTE=Badgerflorida;751537]Do any of you folks who ride a mostly street setup have advice for softening up the ride on potholed streets?

    Wheelie the front over - then stoppie slow roll till the back is over. --- Or if you have real skills; stoppie with the back end swinging around past the hole, then lift the front swinging it back in front and continue on to the next hole etc. Oh; and send us video!

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    "LOL - They are my sisters, and they’re available. Phelonius - is your VanVan any softer on bumpy roads? Pretty sure the seat would be good for my roids. Cheers"


    At first I thought you spelled "roads" wrong lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterb View Post
    "LOL - They are my sisters, and they’re available. Phelonius - is your VanVan any softer on bumpy roads? Pretty sure the seat would be good for my roids. Cheers"


    At first I thought you spelled "roads" wrong lol
    And I was only partly joking what with being old and all.
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    "And I was only partly joking what with being old and all."

    Ya I know what you mean..... partly joking back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgerflorida View Post
    And I was only partly joking what with being old and all.
    so, those are your sisters then?
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    Lol, I’ll pass on your sisters but yes the oil will be thicker in the cold, if you plan to ride a lot in the cold your best bet would be to change to a lighter oil in the winter. As for the rest not much I can recommend other than dodge what you can and stand up (at least a little) for the others. Your legs are better shock absorbers than you can make the TWs unless the budget is unlimited.

    Others on here have done almost everything imaginable to get better forks from different forks from other bikes to emulators and such, maybe they have some good options.

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