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Warrior Of The Year 2014 Winner - Arîak77
Feb 18, 2015 - 5:28 AM - by sangathor
The winner of our 4th annual Warrior of the Year is Ariak77!

He ran away with the competition with 32 votes.

Ariak77, will also receive $100.00 from Vertical Scope, the owners of our forum. Ariak77, please pm me your paypal email address.


Model Year 2003

Color Paintjob: gold and black; engine: VHT wrinkle plus black
Size N/A

rim = Sunbeam 4,5x18" (Thunderbike)
ME880 130/60R18
brake discs = Sunbeam (Thunderbike)
frontfender = OEM stock modified with a streetfighter frontfender
spoiler = (Thunderbike) for a XV1600 (modified)
triple tree = H&B
fork lowering kit (wirth)
stainless steel brake lines (spiegler)
headlight = Classic I (Highsider)
handlebar = Ironside modified with 7/8" ends (Thunderbike)
grip-set (LSL)
adjustable clutch- and brake lever = (LSL) for a R1 RN04
master cylinder = R1 RN04
throttle clamp alu
brake fluid reservoir (rizoma)
micro switches
turnsignal = Micro 1000 dark (Kellermann)
mirrors (highsider)

rim = Sunbeam 7,5x18" (Thunderbike)
ME880 240/40R18
pulley = Sunbeam (Thunderbike)
brake discs = Sunbeam (Thunderbike)
rear break modified because of the breakingdisk
brake fluid reservoir (rizoma)
stainless steel brake lines (melvin)
front pulley cover = (Thunderbike) for a XV1600 (modified)
lowering kit OEM shock absorbers 35mm (Thunderbike)
rear fender = Stiletto 257mm widh
taillight = String
turnsignal = BL1000 dark (Kellermann)
OEM stock seat = modified
Side mount license bracket kit (Thunderbike)

enginecover = left and right (Thunderbike)
enginebolts = billet aluminium tapered socket cap gold
AIS block off
pipes = radial high exit (BSL) modified
aircleaner (forcewinder)
Oil pressure gauge

OEM stock gas tank = modified (speedometer in it)
gas cap (Evotech)
speedometer = motogadget mini
forward control kit = V-Tech (Thunderbike)
m-lock (motogadget)
control unit for micro switches

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Fork Buyer’s Guide
Feb 18, 2015 - 7:06 PM - by Motorcycle.com

I honestly thought Yamaha’s 1993 GTS1000 heralded the beginning of the end of telescopic fork front suspension. Yet here we are, 22 years later and besides BMW’s Telelever and Duolever technology (and the Bimota Tesi… -Ed.), the telescopic fork remains de rigueur for motorcycle front ends.

Depending on who you ask, the telescopic fork made its first appearance in undamped fashion circa 1908 on a Scott motorcycle. The experiment didn’t last, as later models used the more contemporary girder suspension. BMW and/or Nimbus, circa 1934, are credited with producing the first motorcycles with a hydraulically damped telescopic fork. Using that date as an anchor, hydraulically damped telescopic forks have been in development for 81 years.
Read more about the Fork Buyer’s Guide at Motorcycle.com.
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Suspension Buyer’s Guide
Feb 06, 2015 - 3:58 PM - by Motorcycle.com

If ever a thing deserved the description 'black art,' motorcycle suspension is it. Your bike’s suspension needs to suck up bumps, control fore and aft pitch, steer the front wheel, create traction at the rear … and do it all from straight up and down to leaned all the way over on the tires’ edges.

The basic concepts are easy enough: coil springs and compression damping determine how your suspension compresses. Rebound damping (and the same coil springs) determine how it uncompresses. The rates at which those two things happen and under what conditions is the complicated part. All I know is that when your suspension is right, it’s good, and when it’s not, it’s often uncertain what is exactly to blame.

Paul Thede of Race Tech, a big suspension player, used to say 'the best you’ve ridden is the best you know,' and that’s exactly true. Some late-model bikes come really close right out of the box, I noted as I watched the shadow of myself rolling down a bumpy dirt road in Death Valley a couple of weeks ago: the KTM 1190 Adventure’s tires were churning up and down like crazy, but you could barely tell from the saddle. If you’re trying to make that happen on an older machine, you might need a little help, and the fastest, cheapest way to get there in the end is to consult a specialist in the beginning. You might get there eventually on your own, but there’s something to be said for having a big database.
Read more about the Suspension Buyer’s Guide at Motorcycle.com.
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