Stiffening up the front end (so to speak..)
The forks on the recently acquired PC800 are too soft. My 80kg alone uses up about 1/3 of the free travel – and if you hit a speed bump at anything other than a crawl it bottoms out. If you miss spotting a pothole and hit the thing at speed – well that’s pretty brutal altogether.
A quick google confirms that they came out of the factory like that. It’s never going to be a taut handling thing, but I’d like to do something to stop the thing taking such a bang every time it bottoms out.
Rather than go chasing stiffer springs and playing with the fork oil, I was looking for an easier fix – and one with a certain amount of adjustability, so I can play about with the preload to a degree.
One option seems to be to track down and fit (or make up) a set of air-fork caps like this:
Or another – see if I can chase down something more modern in the from of a preload adjuster like this (if I could find one that fits the internal threads on the original forks):
Worth pursuing one or other of the above d’ye think – or should I just bite the bullet and try to track down some stiffer fork springs ?