Aussie, CFL4Rat, thanks... When it comes to front fork springs being dead on with the wieght helps, so thats why I was hoping someone had put thier bike on a real scale.
In my Ducati race bike I have .8 springs, but that bike is only a 'claimed' 370 pounds dry, but in reality the wet weight is around 420. My race bike has lighter body work, no lights, a li-po battery, and magnesium wheels puts my actual wieght closer to to 390 on the track including fuel, oil
, and coolant.
So I'm about 99.9% sure my CFL will not be as light as my race bike, so a .8 spring for the front isn't in the cards. The 'Stock' replacement Race Tech spring for Harley Davidson (even the touring bikes) is 1.0. So I think the .9 spring for my lighter CFL is a good choice at this point. There are two other factors that will affect this, the bike is rigid in the rear of course and also the Race Tech springs are straight rate and not progessivley wound like stock H-D springs. I'm also using cartridge emulators as well.
You'd think Race-Tech would be able to answer these questions since they provided the fork internals for the Camel Bike, Sturgis Special, and who knows how many other shop built bikes... but so far I've had a real hard time finding anyone at Race Tech who knows or remembers that, and the one guy who everyone says would know never returns my calls. Someone would probably suggest I don't deal with them and buy from another company, but Race Tech offers a 25% military discount so that is kind of hard to walk away from!