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Hello,

Thanks for admitting me to the Forum.

I am 72 and new to motorcycles. I picked up an '07 Rebel 250
and had a shop go through it.

Afterwards I have about completed adding forward controls.

The bike runs good and everything appears to work as it should.

The front forks dip kinda low when I apply the front brake.

Is that normal or do I need to rebuild the front forks?

TIA,

Allan Ballard
-Atlanta
 

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Everyone is welcome here.

The amount of front fork compression depends on several factors, including the weight of the rider, speed, type of oil, and how much brake pressure is applied. If the dust seals aren't cracked and the oil seals below them aren't leaking, you're probably good. Replacing the 8-10 weight fork oil put in at the factory with 15 weight will firm up the ride. Some have used 20 weight but I would suggest not going directly to 20 weight without seeing how you like 15.
 

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"Fork dive" on a Rebel is normal. Honda did that for the new riders. If you grab a handful of front brake, the "dive" helps move the center of gravity forward a bit so that the front wheel has more traction.

Welcome to the forum.
 

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I tried 15w fork oil after replacing oil and dust seals..
Hated the stiff ride, went back to 10w, but i'm small..
Dipping has helped me gauge braking force on gravel
 

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Hello,

Thanks for admitting me to the Forum.

I am 72 and new to motorcycles. I picked up an '07 Rebel 250
and had a shop go through it.

Afterwards I have about completed adding forward controls.

The bike runs good and everything appears to work as it should.

The front forks dip kinda low when I apply the front brake.

Is that normal or do I need to rebuild the front forks?

TIA,

Allan Ballard
-Atlanta
Did you get the forward controls from Blue Collar Bobbers? Or elsewhere? How difficult were they to fit?
 

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Welcome to forum n enjoy your ride. I use a heaver oil in my bike forks and find it far better than the factory oil
 
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