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post #1 of 9 Old Apr 28th, 2008, 9:11 pm Thread Starter
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CLC front end doesn't feel right!

I'm riding my wifes new bike to get used to it and as it is, I'm not sure she's going to like it!

Admittedly, the CLC is new to me and I'm not to used to it yet, but , something just doesn't feel right! In high speed curves, the front end feels unstable and shakes just a little. In low speed corners ( intersections ), it feels like it's going to fall into the turn. I also noticed that the forks go up and down 2-3 inches between accelerating and decelerating, even without braking. If I brake, it looks like the forks may bottom out.

I'm used to big bikes, have had 3 Goldwings and now I have an '02 LT and have never felt this.

I know the rear shock adjuster needs oil added as it cranks quite a few times before it does anything but doubt that would affect the front. Is there any adjustment to the front shock? At 13K, should I be servicing the forks?

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Re: CLC front end doesn't feel right!

It may not be the front end that is giving you grief. I am not sure of your size, but if you are near or over 200 lbs, you need to crank the rear shock control down pretty tight.

Mine has never felt like there was much going on during the adjustment procedue until it got pretty tight. I would like to hear your thoughts on adding fluid/servicing the shock. If there is no evidence of fluid leakage at the forks, I doubt that you have a problem there.

I once had a bad ocillation in a high speed sweeper to the left. The pavement was bumpy and the working of the rear fork is what got the shake going. It occilated about 3-4 times with a slip to the outside every time. One more shake and I would have been on my head in the dirt. Since then I have always kept it cranked tight.

Other than the floating rear hub on the RT and the LT etc. the suspension is identical in configuration on the CLC. In my opinion this difference should not cause this problem unless there is braking going going on which was not the case with me and you did not mention it either. Also, there are a jillion bikes out there with non-floating rear hubs that don't have this problem.

I was maxed out on luggage when this happened, including the top case.

Having said all this, I was riding this past weekend and noticed a little twitchiness, with out bumps or luggage. As I've stated in the past, I don't have to put up with this crap with my Harley....

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Re: CLC front end doesn't feel right!

If you have to crank it down before it seems to do anything, it is low on oil. I just added some to my LT and it now starts to work at the first click, used to be 14 clicks. I know the CLC needs some also, I'll top that off and give it another ride!

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Re: CLC front end doesn't feel right!

Hey Joe,

What is the procedure for adding fluid?

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Hey Joe,

What is the procedure for adding fluid?
You need to un-bolt the adjuster from it's mount. Before you do that, crack the banjo bolt loose while it's bolted down. With that loose, remove the adjuster from it's mount and crank it all the way to soft.

Hold the adjuster with the oil line up and remove the line. I secured the loose line up so it would not drip, not sure it would have but it looked like a good idea.

Take the adjuster to the bench and set it down with the oil chamber up. I put a small screwdriver into the fluid cylinder and pushed it in all the way. I then filled the adjuster with some extra fork oil I had. Not sure what it calls for but figured for this purpose it wouldn't matter.

Then re-install the adjuster being careful not to loose any oil. Tighten the banjo bolt hand tight at first, then tighten completely when the adjuster is bolted down.

Before the added oil, I could turn it 13 clicks before it worked, now only one click!

Pretty easy, maybe 15 minutes.

Good luck!

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Re: CLC front end doesn't feel right!

Thanks Joe! I'll give this a try and see if it helps. Also maybe I should take some pictures and post on Chromeheads.
How's the wife liking the CLC?
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It's for sale! She road it enough to get used to it and decided she was not comfortable on it. Here's the good part,,,,, she likes the LT instead!!!

Now the LT can be her bike and our two-up bike, and,,,,, I get a K12RS!!!!

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Leo's has a black CLC on the floor. I thought it might be your's, but they said no.
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Re: CLC front end doesn't feel right!

My CLC is also a little twitchy in the curves... But mostly when I'm on Grooved roads...

I'll try cranking up the preload and see if that helps. I just figured the shocks were shot... That's what it feels like to me.

What kind of tires does it have. Just wondering. Mine has the MT-66's on it.

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