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#1019047 - 09/13/18 07:00 PM Duolever Durability?  
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Hello all,

I've been riding oilheads for the last 8 years. Ive come to really love the telelever front suspension. Ive done some pretty extreme riding in pretty extreme places and have never experienced a failure on any of the 3 bikes that I've owned prior. I am considering moving on to a post 2005 K-Bike, as I want more power and water cooling. My question is this: how tough are the duolever units on these bikes? I ride daily in Houston, TX and our roads are among the worst in the country. Can the duolevers take the abuse?

#1019048 - 09/13/18 07:02 PM Re: Duolever Durability? [Re: eliastfk93]  
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tallman Offline
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Don't recall issues 05'-13ish dealing with them.
Things change, maybe visit K site and look, haven't been over there much this year after selling my GT
but don't recall any issues.


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Tim
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2003 K 1200 GT
1996 R 1100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
All now gone...

#1019094 - 09/14/18 08:27 PM Re: Duolever Durability? [Re: eliastfk93]  
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Get a K13, not K12.

Some reports of lower ball joints that wore out. Didn't fail, just got loose. The steering was described as "flopping from from side to side at low speeds." I think it happens on bikes with more than 30K. Other than that, there is nothing in the fork that will fail from bad roads. Extreme roads, maybe...


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