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Thread: How to best give older bike “tight/new” feeling?

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    Default How to best give older bike “tight/new” feeling?

    I’m curious as to what’s most important parts(bearings, bushing etc) that give new bikes their “plush feel” and what is usually the culprit of used bikes not having “that feeling” anymore

    Just looking for what the main contributors are and what to watch out for or maintenance regularly to keep that feeling


    Thanks

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    Default Re: How to best give older bike “tight/new” feeling?

    New plastic. Set the sag one more time. Go ride.
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    Speaking directly to the “feel” mechanically not visually

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    So was i.
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    Overhaul the suspension (oil and seal front and rear). Check steering head, wheel, swingarm and heim joint bearings and replace as necessary. Inspect the engine and overhaul as necessary. Change engine oil. Change clutch and brake fluids. Inspect clutch and damping rubbers and replace if necessary. New tires. Replace any damaged, or broken parts. Should feel like a new bike after all that...
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    Default Re: How to best give older bike “tight/new” feeling?

    Second on the suspension maintenance. Probably the most neglected part of every bike. Hands downs!
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    Thanks guys, I knew it had a little to do with it but wanted to see if I was missing anything on this “theory”

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    New pegs or at least new pins. On my yz250, I was running fastway pegs that had been on 4 bikes. They were so clapped out and the springs were broke. Put on new pegs and made a huge difference.
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    New levers and/perches can tighten the feeling of a bike up. A new seat foam makes a big difference also.

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    Default Re: How to best give older bike “tight/new” feeling?

    Good thread. This is why I always take the posts about how much better a new bike is than the year old one folks already own with a grain of salt. All the oil/seals/shims/springs/bushings/anodizing/etc in the suspension are brand new, no slop in any of the chassis bearings, tires are new, etc, etc. Of course it's going to feel tighter. Not saying there are not noticeable differences in some years, I just don't think the year or more of wear and tear on the old bike is taken into account all the time.
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