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VFR400R NC24 front forks are soft. Should they be this soft?

I bought a 1987 VFR400r NC24 a month ago as a non runner. It has been off the road dry sotred for 4 years. I now have her running, but when I took it round the block I noticed the front end is very soft. The rebound is good, but it bottoms out over a sped hump at about 10mph. Is this normal? I notice there is a valve (looks like a tyre air valve) on the top of each fork. Is it good to put air in these to stiffen the forks? Or should they just be soft? Please help

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  • steve_w1979 Apr 16, 2009

    The seals are very good. They look new and no leaks. I am assuming that by adding or reducing the air through the valves at the top it effectively adjusting the preload on the shocks. Am I correct on this? This is the first time I have owned a bike with adjustable shocks


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I prepared it to be soft for comfortable riding but if you think that it is to soft try to add some air on it, but check the oil seal of the fork if it has no leak.

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