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I am not pleased with the designed of the forks on the cross country. I am considering replacing with boot forks. Has anyone did this? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What would I give up?

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I am not pleased with the designed of the forks on the cross country. I am considering replacing with boot forks. Has anyone did this? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What would I give up?

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Are you saying you'd like to add rubber boots to protect the sliders?

What don't you like about the OEM forks? They are often referred to as "upside down forks." They lower the unsprung weight of the front wheel, making it easier on the suspension components which in turn they can then make lighter, making the bike lighter, quicker, easier to steer etc. This is the first I've heard someone complain about them.




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I am not pleased with the designed of the forks on the cross country. I am considering replacing with boot forks. Has anyone did this? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What would I give up?

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I haven't done this, but I've been thinking about it. The pros of fork gaiters are:

- They look old-school cool (IMO).
- They won't break, like those silly OEM plastic protectors (which I haven't broken yet, but a lot of owners have).
- I think they do a better job of protecting the tubes, than just having something in front.

The disadvantage is:

- You won't be able to see at a glance if a fork seal is leaking and needs replacement.

Now, you'll need to have the front wheel (or the forks) off to put these on, unless you get something like these split boots: http://www.retrocycle.com/CustomChro...assembly_.html . The problem is finding the right size, because the Cross forks -- the upper supports of the tubes -- are not uniformly narrow, i.e., not built for gaiters. And I've done some looking and some measuring, but feel free to do this yourself.

If you come up with something, please report back, because I really like the looks of boots. The Triumph Scrambler still uses these (although it doesn't have inverted forks), some Urals, and I think a few others still do.

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Looks to me like you are fixing something that ain't broke, but replacing it with an inferior repair. If the plastic fork protectors are what's bothering you, that's a much cheaper fix by replacing them with metal ones. I replaced mine with ones for the King Pin. If your dealer can't get them, Kate at Honda East Toledo can help you. Or there are aftermarket designy ones. I could never figure why Vic went to plastic when they had metal ones for the KP on the shelf. It wouldn't be to save money as the mold cost $$$$ to make and the KP ones were already there.

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Un-less your a dirt road rider you should have nothing to worry about.
Leave it a lone and ride for a few thousand miles and see what you think. Victory is not the only bike running this style of forks

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Thanks for responding. I am sure they are designed well. I just don't like the design. I want to go the the design in the picture attached. Would I give up comfort and a smooth ride by going this route?

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Un-less your a dirt road rider you should have nothing to worry about.
Leave it a lone and ride for a few thousand miles and see what you think. Victory is not the only bike running this style of forks
VJ: you're absolutely correct on both fronts -- not necessary, and not the only manufacturer. In fact, on my Valkyrie (2000-2007), I had similar fork guards (and, like the Kingpin, I gather, they were made of metal).

However, what got me interested -- and I don't know whether this is part of DBarnes' motivation -- was simply the old-school charm of rubber boots, ala the current Scrambler. Dunno why more manufacturers don't go with them. I know I've certainly added some farkles over the years that didn't make a whole lot of sense, from a practical standpoint. You?

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Thanks for responding. I am sure they are designed well. I just don't like the design. I want to go the the design in the picture attached. Would I give up comfort and a smooth ride by going this route?

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They look like after-market, non-inverted, forks. But I agree, I really like the looks.

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They look like after-market, non-inverted, forks. But I agree, I really like the looks.
They are. Would they change the ride, handling and comfort of the bike?

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They are. Would they change the ride, handling and comfort of the bike?
That isn't a question that has a yes or no answer. It requires a lot more information. For instance,

1) Are they cartridge forks or damping rod units?

2) Is the spring rate commensurate with the weight of you standard loading?

3) How aggressively do you ride?

4) How beat up are the roads you ride on?

If you take it easy, don't carry much weight, ride on good roads, chances are you'll never know the difference.




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