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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Are there any mods that make a Bonnie "unsafe" to ride?

I'm not talking about any crazy DIY type stuff, but things that are popular, orthodox changes that compromise the handling, braking, suspension or drivetrain? Something that accelerates engine, chain or transmission wear?

There are a lot of discussions about changes being made, wondering if anyone has thoughts on things that should absolutely NOT be done.
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I guess you could say that the steering damper may be considered unsafe at slow speeds if the setting is maximum damping. It may require a lot more muscle than you would normally intend to give on a tight slow turn.
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Oh yeah....while some brake pads replacements may slow you down better than stock while dry, they can often times offer horrendous braking capabilities when wet.
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Dropping the fork tubes through the triple clamps too far can make the steering twitchy and prone to wobbles.
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I'm not talking about any crazy DIY type stuff, but things that are popular, orthodox changes that compromise the handling, braking, suspension or drivetrain? Something that accelerates engine, chain or transmission wear?

There are a lot of discussions about changes being made, wondering if anyone has thoughts on things that should absolutely NOT be done.
Crazy is a pretty broad interpretation. But you never know whats what until it's all been tried.

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I've found that the mods I've made just make it better to ride, and quicker to stop.
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OK.. I guess I don't "get" two things so far.

1. Steering damper. Why would you need one on a Bonnie? I've cruised at 70, and gone "ton up" once very, very briefly.. Steady as can be... Tire degradation + speed = tank slapper.. Maybe?

2. Why drop the forks given the downside? Handling?

I would have thought "ape hangers" would have been #1, and changing exhausts without re-mapping the computer making the bike rich or lean would be #2.

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Well, safe is a relative term to me. Just swinging a leg over a bike might be unsafe if you're inexperienced or just a plain Hotdogger. There's lots of them out there.

I would say anything bolt on or replacement would not adversely affect the Bonneville. I've got suspension pieces that have raised the height on my Bonnie, but have improved the handling in my opinion. Manufacturers as a rule don't sell anything that would put sensible paying customers off their bikes.
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Put the wrong nut behind the bars and any bike's unsafe.

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Dropping the fork tubes through the triple clamps too far can make the steering twitchy and prone to wobbles.
Hey Forchetto, have far is too far when dropping the forks? I ask because the previous owner dropped them 22mm on my Scram. I have not noticed any twitchyness or wobbles but I am going to an 18 inch front wheel and wonder if overall drop will be too much.

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