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Hi how much pressure do I put in the front forks of a 89 gt 1000 kawasaki cheers ?.


I used to run mine as recommended in the manual and that is at 7psi or 0.5 kg/cm3. I would recommend using a low pressure pump (not the ones at a service station or garage) as the air chamber in the forks are very small and pressure up very quickly. Over pressuring can blow the fork seals. I found that as long as you don't exceed 10psi it is fine.
I do have electronic copies of the manuals that I can email to you if you want them. I can't attach them here so post your email address in the comments and I'll get them off to you.
Hope that helps,
Steve

Jan 14, 2016 | kawasaki Motorcycles

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Front forks on 1996 honda shadow are very soft


Hi, Anonymous if your front forks are stiff or soft or not performing as required the usual suspects are:
1. Incorrect fork oil capacity.
2. Incorrect fork oil weight.
3. Incorrect air pressure.
4. Fork springs are worn out.
5. Fork springs installed upside down.
6. Fork springs are the wrong length.
7. Fork springs not designed for year and model.
8. Slider spring missing from fork assembly.
9. Slider spring installed incorrectly.
10. Incorrect fork seals or bushings facilitating stiction.
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Jan 25, 2013 | 1996 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit

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I'm having problems with my 1987 Honda Aspencade front forks taking the bumps very hard. Is this a matter of adding fork oil? I cannot find any info on this or how to add the oil or troubleshoot this...


Do not add oil too your forks. Too much oil will jam the forks up, damaging the fork tube chrome and the fork bushings. If you suspect incorrect oil levels in the tubes, drain the tubes and refill them with the correct amount of oil. If there is too much pressure in the system, then loosen an air tube and bleed off the excess pressure. You may have a defective air pressure valve or pump. Parts that may or may not be available from the local dealer any more. More information can be found at ngwclub.com or Randaaks.com. Do not over fill your forks with oil. Let the air pressure out of your forks.Use the compressor on the GL1200 to reduce or add air pressure to the forks. The controls for the compressor are located on the dash. Turn the key the "On" position to use the compressor


Jul 15, 2011 | 1987 Honda GL 1200 Aspencade Gold Wing

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I have a 1987 cbr 600r Hurricane and i need to know how much air to put in the front forks?


The front forks are adjustable to the type of ride you want. First, set the rear shock to the setting you want soft, medium, or hard. There should be max pressure information in your owners manual and on a sticker on the front forks. Typically the most pressure that can usually be put into a Honda front fork is around 14 PSI. Add, carefully, 10-12 PSI using a hand or foot bicycle pump with a gauge on it. You will probably find this way too stiff. Be careful not to put too much pressure in the forks or you will pop the seals and have to replace them.Then with the bike loaded the way you are going to ride (soft for comfort or hard for two up riding) bounce on the seat. What you want to feel is the front and back suspension dropping at the same time. This is how racers set up there motorcycles for hard cornering. If both the front and rear of the cycle drop together you have an easier time controlling the bike during extreme maneuvers. Since the front is usually stiffer than the back(you added pressure there) slowly bleed the pressure out of the front fork tubes until the the front and back drop together while you are bouncing with the bike loaded the way you are going to ride. Now you are set up for extreme riding conditions. Soft or hard that is how you set up all motorcycle suspensions by balancing the the amount of front cushion/pressure to match the back cushion/pressure.

Jun 30, 2011 | 1987 Honda CBR 600 F(1)H

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Frough riding. Seems that the front end has no give at all. I feel all the bumps in the road thru the handlebars. Adjustment?


Either you have too much air pressure in your front forks or you ,or someone, has put too much oil in the front forks and you are destroying your forks with every bump. Let out the air pressure to soften the ride. If some one has put too much oil in the forks , disassemble them, evaluate the damage , repair , refill with correct amount of oil , and ride.

Oct 17, 2010 | 2005 Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing

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Blow-by of the left front fork 'seal' (Honda M/C 1981 cm400c)\r\nI also own 1980 (same) but it doesn't have the 'air' added on top like this '81. . . 1) question: ` Could I just drain the fork oil...


Probably the reason the fork seal is blown is too much air pressure. Definitely fix the seal and put in the correct amount of oil. You do not have to put air in to the front forks if you do not want to. To properly set up your suspension, set your rear shocks first, hard for two, soft for one, etc. Now load the bike, you or you and the passenger. With the front forks set to near max pressure (only 12 to 14 pounds air pressure do not go over max recommended pressure) bounce on the motorcycle seat and bleed off the pressure in the front forks till the front and back of the bike drop together. This is the correct way to set up your suspension. A bicycle foot pump with a pressure gauge works best works best. You will be near max pressure in one small hand squeeze of the foot pump. You will find it only takes 7-8 pounds of pressure to set up your bike. Just remember, You do not have to put air pressure in to your front forks, they will work just fine. You just wont benefit from the adjustable design.

Sep 09, 2010 | 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone

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My triple tree bearings nuts are not loose nor are my fork tube clamps. but i still feel like the fron wheel is tracking side to side. do you know what i mean? oh ya checked front axle its tight too.


are the forks leaking oil? is there air pressure in the forks? Start by draining the forks and putting in the correct ammount of the proper oil, and getting the air pressure right then see how she rides. Other things to check, front wheel bearings, worn triple tree bearings.

Mar 12, 2010 | 2000 Yamaha YZF-R6

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Honda front strut air pressure


fork psi should'nt exceed 9psi. fork air valves are best used for removing air. spring preload should be adjusted to abtain the correct sag (1'' on most street bikes)

May 08, 2009 | 1982 Honda CX 500 B

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Steering shakes very bad,from 55mph down to 20mph. slowing down


Yes the leak is causing uneven pressure on the front of the bike! The pressure in the left fork is greater then the right fork and will cause shaking of the front end!
Replacing seals and oil to the right fork will fix the shaking!
Hope this helps!

Feb 12, 2009 | 2003 kawasaki ZX-12R

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