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85 V65 Sabre- ideas on suspension?

I am looking to upgrade the rear suspension first and the front nick spring.
I would love to just bolt in a new rear shock does anyone know how to figure out what would fit?
Also any ideas on how to figure out how to bolt on a new front end? Again same issue what would fit?
Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 10:47 AM
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Nice bike.

The V65 Sabre was one of the first bikes with TRAC anti-dive (maybe the only one). Essentially, it's a piston that stiffens up the front end when you hit the brakes, actuated by the shift of the front caliper when you apply the front brake (the caliper pivots to push on the piston). There is a knob on the bottom end of the fork with numbers 1-4 to adjust the amount of anti-dive.

These are also air-bladder shocks, where you adjust pre-load by adding air to the shock (under the top fork cap) IIRC, the pressure should not exceed 5 lbs/in2, so it's definitely not a hi-pressure situation. However, when I had my V65, adjusting the air pressure did help the suspension.

The rear shock is also an air bladder shock. 0-25lbs/in2 if IIRC. Charging that to 10-15 lbs really makes a huge difference in rear handling. Filler is under right-side side cover, usually tucked near the tool box.

I'd try adjusting the stock forks before deciding to swap them out. Mine worked well as stock. However, you will never match the compliance of modern suspension with a 1985 suspension design. Also remember that with the high center of gravity on this bike, you will likely not be able to lean it as far over as a sportbike without losing traction.

If you haven't yet found a manual for this that details the suspension setup, you might want to search for that online. These are not modern forks and shock.

If you are going to swap out the forks, be sure to pay attention to length and rates (compression, rebound, and spring). This bike has a heavier front end than you might think, and you don't want it to be mushy.

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Thanks for the ideas.

Yea I have been messing with the air pressure both front and rear, but was hoping to upgrade at least the rear just to eliminate the need to check it.
And yes the air change does make a differnece.
I love the bike its fun to ride but I want a little more from it as our roads suck...
I have the manual also so I may look to that for more ideas.
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