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2019 less front travel
« on: December 02, 2018, 07:45:45 PM »
I noticed that the new 19-inch front wheel has 2/10 less suspension travel than the 2018. I guess we can't have everything!

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Re: 2019 less front travel
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2019, 11:10:18 AM »
Might have less front dive under breaking?

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Re: 2019 less front travel
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2019, 08:25:17 PM »
It actually has a wee bit more shock length (front and back).  Some websites used bad numbers.
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Re: 2019 less front travel
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2019, 09:58:51 PM »
*Originally Posted by jsonder [+]
It actually has a wee bit more shock length (front and back).  Some websites used bad numbers.

My info was from the U.S. Honda website -- went from front 5.5 inches (2018) to 5.3 inches (2019). Yet the official Honda video reports increased travel front and rear for 2019. I still like the bike and will probably get a 2019 at some point.

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Re: 2019 less front travel
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2019, 12:31:50 AM »
This is not the first time this subject has come up - but hopefully it will be close to last, once John has had the 2019 forks apart in the next few days (he picks up one of the the first UK bikes tomorrow).

As Jsonder suggests - there have been differing numbers published, adding to the confusion - and certainly eyeballing the new model, there doen't seem to be as much swept stanchion showing as before...

However, as Oyabun has pointed out over on ADVrider recently, it looks like the triple-clamp offset has been increased on the 2019 model (and by how much is something John at Rally-Raid will be able to confirm soon), which could well offer the valuable space required to allow the forks to compress as much as they did on the earlier bikes, but with the larger 19" front wheel fitted.

Once the forks are apart, we'll be able to measure the length of the damper rods to see how much travel they provide [compared to the previous version] and provide a definitive answer.

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Re: 2019 less front travel
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2019, 01:01:50 AM »
 :119: anxiously waiting...

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Re: 2019 less front travel
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2019, 07:55:20 PM »
As we now have our own 2019 bike, before we do a full video and technical report, I can confirm the new model has 10mm more fork travel than previous, but in real terms it is actually 143mm, like the old version was 133mm, due to the fact that Honda assume the top-out springs give the missing 7mm, but this never happens in real world riding

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Re: 2019 less front travel
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2019, 11:15:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by Rally Raid [+]
As we now have our own 2019 bike, before we do a full video and technical report, I can confirm the new model has 10mm more fork travel than previous, but in real terms it is actually 143mm, like the old version was 133mm, due to the fact that Honda assume the top-out springs give the missing 7mm, but this never happens in real world riding

 :062: looking forward to what you guys cook up next

 


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