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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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State of the roads

The roads in my fine County (in UK) are getting worse. Pot holes, bumps, undulations. The GF and I mainly ride within the speed limits, yet we are finding our Dragsters a very hard ride, to the point where we do get unseated at times.

The GF's bike has had the suspension softened (supposedly by the Dealer, at her request, before purchase). I am now thinking of reducing the tyre (tire (for USA readers)) pressures. The theory being that if we hit a pot hole, it will soften the impact and may help reduce the hard ride. As we do not ride hard or fast, can anyone foresee any detrimental problems in doing this?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 11:22 AM
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I believe insurance will become void if you ride with below or above manufacturers recommended pressures. It may even be illegal??? Obviously, the chances of them checking are non existent unless investigating a crash scene.
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I would be concerned with denting or damaging the rim/wheel. A small pothole, you should be fine, but a larger hole at speed with 2 up...
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I am not sure even a few psi drop would make a noticeable difference to pot hole impact. It would though, have more of an impact on the bike's slow handling - especially two up. I share 'Allworld's concern about denting a rim.
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Dropping tyre pressures below the recommended level will not help soften your ride....it will help ruin your tyres from abnormal wear, allow them to pick up nails more readily, and quite likely cause damage to your wheel rims.

Just adjust your suspension.
May need softer springs if you (or your lady) are not heavy people. Use lighter fork oil weight. Soften compression damping...maybe get the shim stacks revalved (fork and shock).

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What the hell is going on with the roads in UK?

Last time I was there traveling with 3 friends, 1 dented his front rim and another one almost lost control because of a severe asphalt deformation(it looked as a result from a combination of heat and heavy vehicles).
One of the most advanced economies, you have the know how and you are known for efficiency/organizational skills.
You were paving roads while we were on horses and donkeys over here for fuck's sake!


So what's going on, they(government) are not allocating funds? Overpopulation, overwhelming stress on the network?

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All of the above, I am afraid.

To add insult to injury, where taxes are concerned, I had a small percenatge pay rise this year and I am 50 per month worse off through tax
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All of the above, I am afraid.

To add insult to injury, where taxes are concerned, I had a small percenatge pay rise this year and I am 50 per month worse off through tax

You are certainly densely packed.


UK area 242,495 km2

approximately 67 million people


Spain area 505,990 km2
approximately 47 million people


But UK economy is double that of Spain...so I don't know what is happening.
Italy has a comparable population/area and has amazing roads.

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What the hell is going on with the roads in UK?

You were paving roads while we were on horses and donkeys over here for fuck's sake!

So what's going on, they(government) are not allocating funds? Overpopulation, overwhelming stress on the network?
The Uk is probably still using the same paving they used when transportation was by horses and donkeys.....

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The Uk is probably still using the same paving they used when transportation was by horses and donkeys.....

Baaaahahahahaha.....
Maybe, maybe, those islanders are strange people, they cling to the past in bizarre ways...
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