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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-21-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hester on the Tail of the Dragon

Awesome! Just friggin' awesome!!

A portion of 129 was closed due to a landslide over the weekend, but by the time I got there from Key West, it was all clear. Hester handled really well. I'm glad I installed the Ohlins in the rear, but now I gotta get some Progressive Monotubes in the front. The front end brake diving is intolerable.

I'll post a longer write-up with details when I get home later this week. Gotta get past the storms that are battering the southeast.








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Do the Monotubes sooner rather than later, you'll be glad you did. I just put them in my '11 RGU and the brake dive was the first thing I checked, it's virtually non-existent now unless you really jump the brakes hard. The ride has firmed up some, but not much.
If you are considering the lowered version be aware that the 1" drop lowered mine almost 1-1/2" when using 2 C-clips. Works out OK on mine because I have the rear lowered 1" also, but could be objectionable to some.

Always great to see your reports, looking forward to meeting you at Shark Week.

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Everything I've heard about the Montubes are very good, but I went w/ a higher wieght Fork Oil & 2 OZ more than called for in my forks & it made a HUGE difference......Eliminated the dive........Glad you enjoyed your ride Shrug.......it's an awesome stretch of road.......I hope you were able to Cherahola as well..........


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Dude...I'm jealous, but in the nicest way possible!

You may want to hold out on the PS mono tubes. Ohlins is coming out with their version, according to Howard's web site.

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In MO weather hiden your way it has rained its ass off better get east bond and down not cold but lots of rain. rode the D.T. last may did it on a wensday locals say crotch rockets try to push hog riders off had alittle of it when we rode it but I made it hard for the little bastards be safe on the way home and I hope you smiled pretty for the cameras you lucky dog
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Dude...I'm jealous, but in the nicest way possible!

You may want to hold out on the PS mono tubes. Ohlins is coming out with their version, according to Howard's web site.

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Thanks, Jeff. I'll hit Howard up.



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In MO weather hiden your way it has rained its ass off better get east bond and down not cold but lots of rain.

I'm expecting to get wet around the TN/ARK state line. I can ride in the rain and anyone who was at the Daytona Bike Week meet and greet last Tuesday knows Hester needs a bath!



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rode the D.T. last may did it on a wensday locals say crotch rockets try to push hog riders off had alittle of it when we rode it but I made it hard for the little bastards be safe on the way home and I hope you smiled pretty for the cameras you lucky dog
I didn't have any issues with the crotch rockets. The road was pretty empty, presumably because of the closure earlier this week. The crotch rockets I saw blasted by so fast I had little chance to notice them. Those guys are insane. I'm hoping one of the three photo guys sitting along the road got a decent shot of Hester for my cave wall.



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Looks and sounds like you had a great time. I want to get back to Deals Gap sometime soon, the last time was about 10 years ago when it was not near as nice as it is now.
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While I believe Ohlins will do a good job with their front fork solution, it would be hard to beat Progressive Monotubes.
You know what they say about waiting for the next best thing...


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Sounds like a great time man. Had a chance to make it down there last year but had to back out last min due to work issues. Ill get there eventually damn it!

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