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post #1 of 7 Old 11-24-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else who rides year round think to back off a tad on rebound-dampen rate for the oil being cold and thicker?
I do both bikes.

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Just asking don't need a pro-con battle.
Anyone else who rides year round think to back off a tad on rebound-dampen rate for the oil being cold and thicker?
I do both bikes.
HMM intresting... i would think that the oil would heat up to normal operating temp just a lil slower, in the forks. tho i could see maybe an overall slight less temp.

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-25-2011, 06:23 AM
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I've had the thought, but street riding I just don't bother. On cold mornings my ride definitely feels a little harsher. Was 31 this morning.
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I've loosened up the damping in the winter alot of times. More for the added traction a softer suspension offers when the tires are hard as a rock and the roads are slicker.

But also to compensate for the thicker oil. My ride to work is short (7 miles) so I know its still cold and thick when I reach point B.

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ah makes sense.

Gotta watch out tho... too soft (quick) of a rebound will lead to a pogo stick effect.... and too hard (slow) will lead to suspension packing which is just as bad.

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i do too. 1/2 to 3/4 turn on the front only.the back seems to heat up faster on mine.
also -2 to -4 psi in the tires.was out today and after 1.5 hrs, the last 20 @ 80-85 hwy the front was 109 degs. and the back was 101. it was 65 deg f. today.

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Yea, I knew the oil warmed up with use, it's 100, the pavement is 120 and the oil is over 120.
Then the air is 35, the wind is constantly cooling the fork tubes, and the oil is still around 50 Thick oil, small hole rough ride.
I didn't dare bring this up to the BMW boys. They would start in on calculus, algebra, Greek studies of the ice age, and I 'd be gone riding before they got it diced out a week later.

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