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The front endsuspension on my 2000 SE seems rather harsh. I thought I read once that the front end has air suspension. Is that correct, and if so, how do I adjust that.
 

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To find out whether or not your bike's forks are equipped with air valves, check under the fork caps and you should see an air valve there. If it does, they only require a small amount of air to pressurize them to run in the 6 -14PSI range. A small bicycle pump works well for this.

As for the harshness, I am betting that your fork fluid needs changing out and flushed, followed by the correct amount of some new15w, or 20W fork oil. Might want to check that the anti-dive system is functioning properly as well.



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Unscrew the top covers of the fork tubes and you will find an air nipple under each cover. I believe the recommended pressure is only about 6 lbs, and it is quite tricky to get it at that pressure without a special hand pump/guage. However, it can be done with most any hand pump thru a trial and error method, and using a low pressure guage.







There ya go--two Kens for the price of one.
 

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Excellent information gentleman, thanks! Is there a special tool required to get the fork caps off, or just a slot screwdriver?
 

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The cap on the top of your forks just screws off (counter clockwise). The maximum pressure recommended by Honda is 6 psi. Of course this is for the standard OEM fork springs. If you have Progressive fork springs, then you don't add any pressure to the forks.
 

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Guess if would have read it with the brain in gear, I would have seen the part that says "unscrew"!! Thanks again for all the input.
 

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My ????? is does the 1500 have an anti-dive like the 1200???
 

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I had Progressive fork springs, and found that I liked it better with 2 psi

Depends on your own body weight. I'm at 260#
 

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How do you adjust the anti-dive?
 

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Just make sure the anti-dive system is'cleaned out/flushed', while changing the fork oil. Old fork oil is nasty and will 'gum up' the anti-dive system somewhat.
 

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Watch those little plastic caps.. they're slippery, one slip and there gone forever to some special place behind the plastic...
 

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Thanx DBohre:clapper:r.as you can see from my avatar Ihave the chrome covers on & haven't ha dthem off I think I'll do that right now:action:
 
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