Is my suspension too high?

How's it looking? the second pic has a small edit in it, which is kind of what I want it to look like, I just haven't finalized the shape yet.

Thanks for the input!

Re: Is my suspension too high?

looks good now you need a tall fork to go with it

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The fork that I have right now is tall enough that the kickstand no longer reaches the ground. However, I agree that I do need a taller fork because last time I rode with the 300mm shocks, the rear tire skipped when I braked, which I am assuming was the effect of wrong CG. I guess my options are to spend 50$ on new rear shocks (unless my trade goes through) or spend 200$ if I'm lucky on a taller fork.


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Love the Grande! If you're going fo rthe cafe look (looks like you are) you will either want flat bars instead of drops or a substantiall higher fork. The seat/fork height is such that drop bars are REALLY REALLY uncomfortable. Sweet lookin bike, though...whats it got for guts?

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If you hit a bump while going fast, and those shocks compress way down, how much force will there be throwing you upward? That is, will those tend to toss you over the handlebars?

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Hey! Yeah I heard that drop bars are not very comfortable on Grandes! I think I am going to go with flat bars or mountain bike bars!


Dellorto 13:13

Pollini air filter

Pollini exhaust

I don't want to get a kit for it, but the engine is rebuilt.

I shaved down the variator spacer for more speed

This thing flies, I love it. On a good day I am able to keep up with traffic on main roads here, meaning I go close to 60km/h. I'm not that heavy of a person either.


- Cracked engine case, it's not in a critically dangerous area but I will braze it just in case

- Exhaust port seems to leak oil, or somewhere around there, so my worst fear is that I am losing compression (even though it seems to run fine) and my not-as-bad fear is that the oil is coming from where the exhaust mounts to the engine (this can be fixed with some aluminum tape I suppose)

Problems that I wish didn't exist:

- shorter shocks or taller fork or keep it the way it is?

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Ro man, the shocks don't compress too much, and I've ridden once with them and the only problem I saw was the decrease in traction (CG displaced)

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Yeah, I'd leave them stock unless theres an extremely compelling reason for larger ones. You dont look heavy enough to need them.

At some point, I recommend the Malossi variator if you can get one...I had, at various times, the stock one, a shaved stock one, and a Multivar, and the Multivar ROCKS.

I'll be kitting/race cranking mine this weekend, Ill let you know how it goes (though I dont expect to see the full potential til I get the 9.5:1 gearing), my bike is squeezing the upper limit on the 12:1s as it is.

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I will look into getting a new variator, and I am a bit annoyed right now because I think my exhaust port is cracked and I don't have time to go check right now haha!

I was wondering if you guys think I need a rear fender, or just form an aluminum under-plate type of thing going all the way from the end of the cowling to where the smaller supports are welded to the frame. I don't think that whatever will be flying off the tire will go further down than that!

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