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    Any members familiar with the Custer/Rapid City, SD area?

    I bought my R* last fall and never got a chance to ride it on this side of the state, and installed the Roadwing with RAP over the winter, as well as new Shinko 777 HD at 38F, 40R. Point being I don't have a good baseline (silly mistake).

    Anyway, the weather was nice today so I took a run from Custer to Rapid City and back on Hwy 385 and Hwy 16. Parts of this highway are heavily raingrooved and segmented concrete. All the same, the R* seemed to buck and pogo a bit more than expected. If anybody has any firsthand experience on this bit of highway, is it really just that bad? Maybe the segments hit the wheelbase just right? It wasn't un-rideable by any means... just more than expected.

    Otherwise, real happy with the bike and setup. Tracks corners well, rides nice and smooth on blacktop.

    Thoughts?

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    Forgot to add, I did do the flop test which resulted in tightening up the front a bit, and the RAP is dialed just a half click up from initial resistance. Just me at about 190#.

    Thanks

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    • #3

      From Spring Branch, Texas

      As for "buck and pogo" check your rear wheel alignment and DO NOT trust the hash marks at the axle. In the tech articles are discussions on how to check with different methods.
      Last edited by SbTx_Rider; 03-03-2021, 07:46 PM. Reason: Capitalizeations
      2005 Silverado Midnight Star

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      • #4
        After getting my 05, it failed the flop test. I tightened up the neck bearings, that helped. I pulled the front end off and repacked the bearings, I only inspected the top race. That helped some more.
        But I still had wobble.
        Ordered and replaced the neck bearing and races. What night and day difference.
        2005 Silverado Midnight Star

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BrokenWheel View Post
          Forgot to add, I did do the flop test which resulted in tightening up the front a bit, and the RAP is dialed just a half click up from initial resistance. Just me at about 190#.

          Thanks
          Dial your rap up some more. I'm 180 and run mine about 1/3 to 1/2 of it's range.

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          • #6
            Might want to consider addressing the front end, new fluid / springs / emulators and the like.

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            • #7
              I have been looking at progressive springs for the front, maybe I'll just pull the trigger and have a fresh suspension all around. Probably a good time to do the steering bearings if I'm going to. I was really hoping to not have it apart this summer, I've had a bad run of working on bikes more than riding the last few summers.

              Will look into rear wheel alignment. I didn't mess with any adjustments when I had it apart, but I suppose that doesn't mean it was right to begin with.

              Shores, I haven't researched it yet, but is there a guide for setting static sag on these or do most just go by feel?

              Thanks all.

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              • Shores
                Shores commented
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                Adjust to feel! There's no harm in just jacking the rap up to its maximum and down to its minimum so that you can determine the range you have to work with. Then adjust to taste!

              • davej
                davej commented
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                also make sure the shock and rap have been properly bled to remove all air in the line and rap

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