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A sunburnt scrambler

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Hello, folks!

After following this form for a while, I picked up this ‘17 scrambler out in the country and rode it 300km to my home in Canberra, Australia. The ride was fantastic, except for the rear suspension, which bottomed out on quite a few potholes. I now know what everyone was talking about. Definitely something to tune.

The last owner kept it in the sun, so the bike could use a polish and a new pannier (any good polish for the exhaust?). The pannier, a Givi, has completely fallen apart, which is shocking, given how much it cost new. The mounting system looks cool, though, and I wonder whether I can cut it out and attach it to another bag. Unfortunately, I don’t have key — any ideas how to get a replacement?
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After simply playing with preload on the rear shock, I was able to get ‘acceptable’ results. I weight 85kg, so the spring might be just about OK for me. I’ll see if it bothers me after another long ride before spending money. The front forks need work though. The bike has a cartridge system, but the damping screws are screwed up — one stripped and the other seized. I will probably have these rebuilt.
From factory the suspension would have been set up for a person of about 80 kilos, so play a bit with the rear suspension. Hope you got the bike for a good price, the previous owner was careless ( as per info provided above) and there is a good chance he never serviced that bike. Give it a proper service, and replace all oils. I will not be surprised if a few rubber seals perished as a result of excessive heat. Rubber does not last forever and these bikes love being ridden. Enjoy, they tend to grow on you over time.
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