scrambler hat geschrieben:
First of all: a wheel specialist may be able to straighten the rim – I had this done last week with the front wheel of my scrambler – it cost me around 90€. In Germany I could give you an address, but there should be someone in Norway as well. But usually some spokes can’t be loosened, in which case you need new ones. Stainless steel ones are not that expensive (around 50€). Especially for winter bikers stainless is the way to go, because the original zinc plated ones will rust in no time.
Or you could get yourself a rear wheel from an XL250R or XL350R (not the s versions or the XL500/600) they fit plug and play and then you can choose between a variety of 17 inch tyres.
I can check if I got a good 16’’ or 17’’ wheel in my storage and get back to you (shipping to Norway is 34€)
Ps. I guess you are the first one in this forum to buy an hyperpro damper, so more details would be interesting
Thanks for answer Michael. Now I have been at the local Honda-garage, and the (Betriebsleiter?) did a brilliant job to loosen the 2 spokes I could'nt loose, he adjusted and remounted tyre. He said that this rim was already in good shape and within Honda's spec (2mm), now within 1,2mm and tyre a bit better placed (it's a pain sometime to get TL-tyres to fit good in a TT-rim). Anyway, he was clear that this wheel could not be the cause of my bumpy ride, he wanted me to come back with the front wheel, if this did not work. Front rim looks to be pretty OK, better than rear when I look at it, but the (Betriebsleiter?) said it could be caused by i.e. a too heavy/large tube.
The Honda-garage wanted 132 € to fix the rearwheel, including mounting of tyre and balancing (very few here is able to balance spoke-rims!). So price is reasonable. Well, In Norwegian terms, at least
Have not tried to ride the bike yet, a bit rushy here at the moment. Later today, I hope to get time for a testride.
XL-wheels is way to narrow, only 2,15. Have emailed with a professional wheel-maker in Sweden
, that can hand-made spokes for the NX-hub to fit a 17 x 3,5 rim. Total cost was hefty 4.200 SEK, approx 460 €. But at least possible to do. So this might be an option one day...
So; out for a test-ride, eventually in to fix the front wheel also.
As soon as the ride is not bumpy anomore, I will give it a good testride, and report back about the Hyperpro fully. Of course.
But so far, I can say this:
I bought via the official Scandinavian distributor Hyperpro.dk. 4.600,- DKK or 6.117,- € for a "Streetbox". Now Hyperpro does'nt make a Streetbox for the NX, but they "handmade" one for me. It came with all needed to replace front and rear, except for a new bolt for the lower fork of the shock (no treads in the fork, as it is in the OE, so I had to find a longer bolt, where I am still looking to find a prefect bolt with M10x1.0 treads and correct strength).
I got a rear damper, who has adjustable springload and 50-step adjustable rebound at bottom. So it is the simplest shock they have. Front springs, nicely made with progressive wounds, included 40W-oil (!!!) and low-friction grease to put in under the dustcaps. And the "usual" stickers and a C-key to adjust spring, and a very good mounting/adjusting manual.
It was a serious pain to mount the rear shock, until I understood I had to dismount the plastics wheelarc/battery compartment. The shock is somewhat bigger than OE, so it was a thight fit. But it fits!
Front springs was straight-forward: Of with the front, empty for old oil, fill up to 151mm oil level (115mm is OE, is'nt it?), so alot lower level than standard. This I belive is to compensate for the very heavy/thick oil. In with springs, re-mount.
First impression: Front is 110% better!!! Front is beautiful! Now it is controllable diving when heavy braking. No feeling of loosing control. Of course the new springs is doing alot here, but the thicker oil I belive must also be an important factor here. Now it's really time to consider better/bigger brakes in front, now it is no problem to brake hefty.
At rear, it is another story. Well, it is nice at the end, but at first I thought something had gone wrong. The bike was approx 30mm higher in seatheight, which made it a challenge for my wife to get on and of the bike. Actually she made to hit the ground (no harm to anyone, but alot of swearing
), when she wanted to step of the bike; both because of the height but also the %¤& sidestand, who will return as soon there is no load on it. And we both thought the bike was way to stiff, even harsh, in rear.
I adjusted the rebound to zero, and then back to 15 steps. Standard for my ride Hyperpro has said 25 steps. Now it was doing the job! Actually a bit soft, so I have got back to 25 steps. I wonder if the rebound-valve was sticking? Well, now it is absorbing perfect. I took off the shock and slackened the springpreload back to as little as possible. So now the height is far better. Not measured yet, but I belive it must be similar the OE spec.
I ordered the set to be meant for my wheight (90KG included driving clothes) and only for road. And now the bike is relative stiff, alot stiffer than OE. Not too stiff, at least not for road, but far away from the extremely soft OE style. Probably too stiff for serious offroading.
Now I have not testet to hard in curves etc, because of the bumpy ride. But even If I have not ridden as fast/hard as I probably will do as soon as I get the tyres to be round (...), I can tell it is alot better. It's like getting a new bike, no joke. Now the curves is done sharper and with far better presiscion. Before it could be a challenge to keep the perfect track trough a hard and long curve, now it stays in track as good as any bike.
Definately worth every €€, but for my kind of driving (mostly curves and heights, not much flat roads, and surface is rough) I would have choosen a tiny bit softer springs in rear.