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Old 02-21-2010, 03:10 PM   #11
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The bike sounds close to stock at idle so I just short-shift through my neighborhood and be gentle with it. Up around 4 or 5k it sounds good but still not like Drag Pipes
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:45 PM   #12
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Did you go back for any of the parts that fell off?
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #13
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25 lbs PSI in the shocks? I used to run 5 when I rode solo and 10 two up. Are you sure? Do they even deflect at that pressure?
I was thinking that too. About 10 psi is about right, isn't it? Those things will blow a gasket in a heartbeat and they aren't cheap to replace.

Take another look at that BMW valve train video and then imagine those poor pushrods flailing away at 100 mph...whatta mess.
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:22 PM   #14
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The book recommends up to 30 psi, you have to remember I'm a porky motherf*cker and I ride hard, coupled with the generally poor condition of our roads 25psi measured with HD's own hand pump works good for me.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:07 PM   #15
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Do your shocks bleed out whatever you put in them over 10-14 days? What year is yours?
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:57 AM   #16
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Do your shocks bleed out whatever you put in them over 10-14 days? What year is yours?
My Goldwing needed air every couple weeks until I rebuilt the front end and put in new seals. I put in 14lbs last November when I parked it and I checked it last week and it was still 14lbs. You probably need new fork seals. There may be better seals on the aftermarket.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:07 AM   #17
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Do your shocks bleed out whatever you put in them over 10-14 days? What year is yours?

Mines an '08. it might loose a pound if the weather changes but they seem to stay where I set them for the most part.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:39 PM   #18
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My friends 2010 glide dont hold air for a week and he is a pretty big guy, 2 up on it with no pressure it bottoms out the rear on bumps. My Star has air suspension too and I used a friends hand pump & put 7 in my front tubes and 15 in the rear & couldnt tell a difference at all, and curious if theres any air left in there. I like the suspension soft and 2 up with luggage Ive never bottomed out but my friend is prob 80lbs heavier them me. I diddnt know if it was typical of the air suspensions to lose air or not.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:18 PM   #19
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The air rides are not supposed to leak.

My buddy's FL/sidehack rig suffered a cracked hose when we were out the other day, and he lost all the preload air.

As you can imagine, it was a very awkward looking sight.

He told me when we got to the house that it was a real b*tch to steer in that condition. Especially the right turns.
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Just 2 weeks ago I blew out the cobwebs in the K bike. Hustling down HWY 369 at a buck twenty. It's nice to find that open stretch and go fast every once in a while. I've been on a couple of HD products in the low 90s before, but never topped the ton. Visions of the Cadillac "float" come to mind. Big heavy bike and all.
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