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Ole Bike Ole Bike is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
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The old thread covers this topic pretty well and, as often, Big Science has the big picture.

In addition to being in the wrong direction, adding a spacer adds unwelcome forces to the hub bearings and they are already marginal. No reasonably-sized spacer can do much good. Just see how far you need to shift your backside off the saddle to balance the bike. I think that the bike's weight distribution is the culprit.

In the earlier thread, I said 15 lbs in the saddle bags will balance the bike. But at crawling speeds, even that is on the low side.

About coasting, that's about the only time you are hands-free on an S (unlike the /2 which had weak slide springs in the carbs and adjustable friction in the grip) and so it is the only time you'd really notice a pull. But somewhere at 50 mph or faster, wheel gyroscopic forces will balance the bike just fine and so you need to try coasting at different slower speeds to see how bad the effect is.

Last edited by Ole Bike; 06-06-2007 at 09:33 AM..
Old 06-06-2007, 07:50 AM
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