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My 2005 Spirit 750 handles like a log wagon at slow speeds, starts crusin straight & smooth bout 40+ , but lumbers , weaving ,side to side, not wantin to go straight at lower speeds ... like older Triumphs, BSA's, and BMW's with a steering damper too tight would do when the damper was tightened too tight.
Think my fork bearings are a bit too tight (or the cold is effecting slow speed handling)...

Current bikes haven't had an adjustable fork tension dampener for years, but I recognize the symptom - lumbering. I've looked but can't find the procedure/specs for fork bearing load/torque.
Anybody know where I can find the doc/specs on the fork bearing adjustment. (It's a scheduled maintenance item , and at 12K+ i think mine's due).
I've got a full set a tools and torque wrench and as the saying goes - If ya want it done Right!, better do it yourself!
 

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check your tire pressures. The cold temps can definitely affect the tires a good bit as they get harder and offer less traction in cool temps, and the temps can play with pressures too.

I know too much or too little can greatly affect handling. a repair manual should have specs, you should be able to google search and find a free online version to look at pretty easy.
 

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yup check tire pressures, also steering bearings, and steering head for slop
 

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Rode Brer Bill's '09 VT750C2F awhile yesterday. Has 8,000 miles on it.
Steers fine, but the factory suspension is MUSH.
Front mush.
Back mush.
Have seen better suspension on skateboards.

And not sure it can be stiffened up.
 

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Tire Preasure - Good Idea! - Will do...(1st thing tomorrow morn)
Just got my Spirit scooter bout 200 miles ago, runs good, great shape, and I'm just getting into puttin round on it. All together pretty smooth, but i,m noticing that it sure doesnt turn very sharply (as in not a very small radias - like even truning around on a country road - really slow straring! ). Perhaps I'm just not used to it yey, but it sure has a slow speed log wagon tight feel i dont think it should have.

Yes, I found the section in the VT750cd manual mentioned on the site - section 13...
15ft/lbs fork bearing torque - and then assembled, with tire off the gound bearing preload measured with spring scale fork should start to move with from .95 to 2.91 lbf applied - (Page 13-30 in the VT750CD manual).
Thats pretty easy to check with a fish scale! (and explaind pretty well in the manual)

But first - Tire preasure!
And I like my Spirit - Nice ride! Just have to get used to turn radias and close quarter/slow speed handling...
(and there's no slop at all, perhaps too tight if anything, its a new Used bike to me and who knows what or how the prev owner serviced it? - except its probably due for some service and TLC)
 

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Tech sticky, Useful Links has another forum Blacktop Ace, check it out there are many How To s involved there...
Fall over (?) is another test & adjust you might aughtta perform,
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^^^^ tire pressure. My 08 Spirit is very sensitive to it. These bikes are not quite as responsive in the corners as a sport bike, but it sounds like yours is way off the mark. Good
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The front end on the Spirit has a little more rake to it the the older BSA's and Triumph's. Could be that you are just not used to it. The heavier rake will make it a little more squirrely at slower speeds. Yeah, the suspensions suck on the shadows and a lot of people buy Progressive shocks and springs for them.
 

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... and a lot of people buy Progressive shocks and springs for them.
^^^^^+1. Best upgrade you can do for your Shadow hands down. My 1100 handles like a sports bike..well almost ;). Seriously it handles great with progressive rear shocks and front springs...plus the rears look cool. LOL. I am pretty sure any Shadow 750 can be fit up with these suspension upgrades.
 

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Don't forget to check your rear shock bushings.
BPP, every time I see a pic of your Valkyrie it makes me smile...just an awesome machine. The chrome on the lower part of the bike is pure motorcycle porn. (6) carbs scare the hell out of me, but who knows someday I might own one. Don't know if you ever saw the Utube video of a guy balancing a nickel on a Valkyrie valve cover ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ltreXdBlC4

Then there's this ..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AHBEgG_7YA
 

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Air pressure in the tires can cause hard to steer symptoms...
I know, it`s already been mentioned to check both front and rear tire pressure, but...
I know this from experience, on my Dragon Run in 2013...
I woke to a low front tire...
Experience speaks,
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Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
Aired up the tires, were a little low, and it helped , plus am gettin used to it, and not all that bad. Perhaps its just the crusier rake that makes it feel little logie at slow speeds and definitely an immediate problem. Cooler weather seams to make everything fell a bit tighter - and makes it run strong too - lots a pop with colder air!
Been havin some nice afternoon scoots, a little cool but i like it.

Dragon Run! I live bout 5 miles from the start of the Dragon! Its nice crusin round here, Tennessse hillls and curves Everywhere! Warmer weather's gonna be great...
 
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