Originally Posted by K-Clive
I was talking to the owner Cedric for a few days before we got together - I was really happy to see it was nice... I put bar risers on it right away and it is easier to deal with - although the steering damper is not enough with the mass of the hydraulics moved upwards... slight change = slight wallow in some situations I guess the old one was tuned for the old setup?
Sorry for stealing your Thunder! Cheers It was 54,000km
The steering damper here isn't robust enough to really deal with this nor was it designed for that.. The rear shock may be worn enough to effect this. You might try to stiffen the spring some. Consider setting it so there is about 3/4 inch sag when you take it off the stand. Adjust the rebound a little tighter.. Find the middle of the range and go just a click or so stiffer.
Next check tire pressure. try upping a little at a time up to max recommended a few pounds at a time for a day and see if that helps. You might want to keep the front in the same range of pressures so they are balanced.
Do each of these things one at a time to see if they help or hinder your handling. Raising the handlebars really wouldn't make that much of a difference. Some trueness however in that could be because it raises your shoulders a bit, not the fluids so much. Also learn to lead the bike in a turn with your head and shoulders.
Now the serious checking. Put the bike on the stand. With some firm pressure at 6 and 12 and then 3 and 9 oclock... try to wiggle the rear wheel. There should be no movement.
Then you might loosen and remount the front axle. I may have not been tightened correctly.
While checking bolts, check the rear wheel lug bolts.
The only time I have had a slight wallow was when playing around with the rear spring setting and seeing what 'soft' was, and when the rear tire had a screw in it and was down in the low 20s of pressure. My rear wheel has some movement in it, suspect pivot bearings, and had a knee down a few times today and it was solid feeling.
Good luck sorting this out.