This is my review of recently installing an upgraded shock on my Yamaha 650 V Star:
It's informative on the before and after, with some measurements and technical details, but also written in a blog/story format. Hope you like it.
It started with a death wobble. At least that's what it felt like, I told Adam as we pulled in for fuel at Cann River. We'd come through some beautiful country riding from Canberra to Cooma, Bombala and now here. I felt I had to back off on a few sweeping bends and corners, as the bike was unstable with a side wobble felt through my bars, affecting my steering. Slowing down was the only way to get control back. It's the first time I've felt like I was riding to the bikes limits. Or more like the bike was holding me back.
He laughed at my exclamation, maybe it was my expression when I said it, pulling up next to the petrol pump, sliding my helmet off, "My bikes got a death wobble!!!" Despite his amusement at my dramatic statement he took me seriously, following me through the next section of our ride and quickly spotting the issue. Diagnosis: worn out rear shock. The rear felt - and appeared - very wallowy with every bump reverberating long after the initial impact.
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