Oi Mods ! I was going to post this there > But I believe this is best served over here in the newbie section, for reasons that will become apparent. If not, sorry .. please move the post :wink: We often hear about vetran riders 'tuning' their suspension etc and dismiss this as something that only the 'experienced' riders do in order to get the most out of their ride. Well that's probably 100% correct. But being a commuter, I also ignored the importance of even having 'good' suspension. I figured " Hell, I'm no diehard rider, what difference will it make if my suspension is not quite 'up to scratch' I've had leaking front forks ( the right one mainly), and although it's been on my 'things to do list', I did not regard it as something that needed to be done any time soon, so just put it on the backburner. Almost clocked up 13,000km since I begun riding, most of you know I'm slowly trying to improve my cornering skills along with a box full of other need-to-sharpen techniques. One problem I've had is trust .. trust in my bike, and trust in my capabilities ( or lack-therof ) Anyway, we decided it was time to give the forks an overhaul on Thursday night. All went well, other than having to find a set of dust seals from another model to suit. ( ones I purchased were not the correct ones ). We finished up leaving the workshop around 11:00pm, Forks can take a while if you stop for pizza breaks On the ride home .. WTF? Is this MY bike??? :? A few things that stood out: (a) - Front of bike no longer THUMPS when riding over raised sections of roads in mid-repair. (b) - Bike doesn't dance over imperfections in the road, now GLIDES across em. (c) - Bike no longer NOSE-DIVES when braking, and the rear does not feel as light ( I guess less weight is being transferred ? ) (d) - On low speed cornering, the bike feels more stable and I feel more comfy. I would never have thought that something as simple as good front forks could make such a HUGE difference to someone at my level of riding. Thinking back I now realised that putting off doing the forks have probably slowed down my riding progress, as I have never been confident with the feedback I was getting from the bike. What have I learned here? Good suspension is just as IMPORTANT to a new rider, if not MORE important. Bad Suspension will INHIBIT your riding and SLOW your progress. Please feel free to put your 2 cents worth.