I have a wife and kids. A home. Some toys. And my bikes. We live ok, are not well-off. Cash is always tight. Whatever I buy for my bikes is a compromise. That cash could, simply put, be used for other things.
So. Bang for my buck?
I have an answer. It’s not a single item however.
There is a list. Needs prioritising according to your pocket and your bike.
If it’s not broken don’t fix it.
My basic list includes:
- tapered roller steering head bearings…if needed
- new fork oil, and seals when needed
- swing arm roller bearings or bushes…always needed
- rear shocks…anything is an improvement
- check wheel bearings
- look at the tyres
- fork brace
Note that none of these are related to the motor. All affect handling. Directly.
I always keep my eye out for cheap fork braces. You hardly ever buy a bike with one on it.
Basic pattern is:
- 35 x 55 x 185…’77-on
- 35 x 55-58 x 185…’76
- 34 x …………………….up to ’75 -i don’t have one here to measure
The later 35 x 55 x 185 version is shared with several other models. Some are:
’76 models are also found in ’80 Suzuki CM400L
The 35mm models produced that I know of are:
Motoline – certified for:
Yamaha XS 500 650 750 SR 500 XJ 550 XJ 650 XS 400 TR1
Kawasaki KZ650B KZ750E KZ750B Z1F KZT00A KZ550B KZ440A
Suzuki GS400 GS1000 GS850 GS450
Honda CB400T CX500 CB1 CB750F CB750G
Any of these will strengthen up the front. Remove the fork flex. The results are immediately noticeable. Careful, it will uncover other problems.
Where do you stop?