fraussie, i must get new oem fork seals first as its leaking badly the aftermarket ones i put on, now the handling has been affected= its out of sync front to back and diving too much on corners cos of the loss of oil etc, soon as i do il update this post/topic and we will do it, would be great fun, i know the spur but havent rode it yet/
, those forks look the goods to me, stm, where do they come from may i politely enquire? Could you explain more about them if it behooves you? Thats a very interesting looking bike mik too, are you a tinkerer and do custom builds yourself etc, how did your 696/796 come about? fascinating.
My brother and i LOVE this motorbike, theres just something about these motors that you fall in love with, and it handles beautifully too, it isnt a true highway bike in the purest sense, tho it will do it easy enough, but absolutely perfect for scooting[re hooning haha] around the peninsula/ the low down torque is exceptional for cornering and great for overtaking up to about 130kms.
I like the simplicity of it too, no silly plastic shrouds, simply layout of controls, very easy acces to the motor, dont care for traction control either way, learn how to modulate the frnt and rear brakes yourself, nothing is better at discerning road conditions than a human brain, so learn to use it i say.
Doesnt even have much wind buffeting at hi speeds, surprisingly good like that. Just an overall great bike, i havent pushed it too hard or beyond my skill level, but can feel the potential.
I cant really fault it except perhaps the electricals are relatively cheaply made, but you can fix that yourself anyway if you want, or just maintain it.
My only 2 gripes are the seat is a torturous abomination [say good bye to your cojones if you ride longer then 30 mins haha] and the rear sets are functional but fugly as, both easily fixable items.
cheers from me to you guys too. This forum has been a great resource and extremely helpful for me.