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Hello all, time to beat the dead horse again. I purchased my 21’ mt07 in January of 2022. It had 3200 miles on it. Akro exhaust and a tune. Now that I’ve gotten comfortable with the bike and have started pushing it, I’m seeing that the front suspension feels terrible to me…. Im 5’10” at 215lbs. I live in the foothills of the NC mountains and I ride all over the mountain ranges. I prefer the twisties with a spirited throttle wrist. Issue at hand. I feel like this bike just nosedives when I start braking to approach a turn. In a way, it almost feels unstable to me. Apart from the way the front end drops due to the engine braking, I’m exploring options. The very first thing I’m going to do is add the DNA stage 2 air filter setup and have my bike re-tuned by Chris Moore of Moore Mafia. He can SOMEWHAT get rid of the engine braking with a fresh tune. I figure that’s a “two birds, one stone” approach, to see how that helps with the nosedive. I’ve been looking into cartridge kits from Ohlins and traxxion dynamics for the front forks. I’ve also read people saying that a simple swap of the rear suspension makes a world of difference. I’m quiet ignorant with suspension as a whole. What do you guys think?
The bike specs say there is up to 130 mm of travel in the forks. Since the inside diameter of the forks is about 36 mm (or a radius of 18 mm), we must have at least of "air" inside of the forks to prevent hydraulic lock (aka, "hydro-lock"). So, with that in mind, the manual states the oil level in the forks should be 162 mm as measured with the forks fully compressed and no springs/spacers/washers inside. But, does that mean that all those components (spring, washer, spacer, plus fork cap!) really take up of space inside of the fork? This seems rather much, and I was also thinking of raising the fork oil level to get less nose-dive during braking (an effect similar perhaps to getting stiffer springs, for example). But, do all those components really take up 165 cc of space inside the forks? What's the highest fork oil level that the FZ-07 forks can safely (i.e., hydrolock-free) handle?