Alternative forks


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Hi all
As anyone put different forks onto a Tracer, not the internals but completely different forks. the reason for the asking was recently I had a low-speed front end collision and couldn't believe I bent not only the inner tubes but also the stantions as well, I compared the Tracers forks to a KTM 690 and realised just how skinny the Tracer forks really are
 

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Hi all
As anyone put different forks onto a Tracer, not the internals but completely different forks. the reason for the asking was recently I had a low-speed front end collision and couldn't believe I bent not only the inner tubes but also the stantions as well, I compared the Tracers forks to a KTM 690 and realised just how skinny the Tracer forks really are
HNY.

Sorry to hear about your accident.
I think that as KTM bikes have a more off road heritage so the WP suspension tends to be more rugged, I noticed the difference when I changed form my 690 Duke to the Tracer.

I replaced my internals with KTech and it has transformed the front suspension and handling,I did investigate changing the entire forks but it’s expensive.

I had mine done by PDQ in Slough, they are very knowledgeable on suspension issues so it might be worth having a chat with them and see what they would suggest. https://pdq1.com/
 

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HNY.

Sorry to hear about your accident.
I think that as KTM bikes have a more off road heritage so the WP suspension tends to be more rugged, I noticed the difference when I changed form my 690 Duke to the Tracer.

I replaced my internals with KTech and it has transformed the front suspension and handling,I did investigate changing the entire forks but it’s expensive.

I had mine done by PDQ in Slough, they are very knowledgeable on suspension issues so it might be worth having a chat with them and see what they would suggest. https://pdq1.com/
Hi Ballon
Thx for the reply.
Due to the fork rebuild i now have K Tech uprated fork springs with Ohlins 7.5 grade oil, just done a 170 mile run out on the bike to get things settled back in, will give it a few more long runs for the forks to be fully bedding in then recheck their setup
 

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Hi,
Glad you’ve got the front forks fixed.

just for info I also had the rear shock changed to a Nitron T2 + HPA.
I primarily use my bike for touring now, with panniers etc so quite a lot of weight (no pillion though). The suspension upgrades have made it so much better, there is no comparison.

I‘ve test ridden a KTM 890 Adv R, BMW 850 GS (mines a 2015 year Tracer)and whilst they are obviously more modern and have more advanced electronics, they did not offer enough to make me want to change, which in my world says an awful lot about how good the Tracer is.
 

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I have the Ohlins rear shock with remote adjusted and swapped Metzler roadtec 01's for Michelin road 5 which for me as made the handling even better
 


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