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AER 48 forks on 2016.5 Factory Edition

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I just put a down payment on the new FE and was wondering a few things RE the forks.  Does anyone know if the forks on the new FE US are the same forks that are on the 2016 EU bikes? If so, can some of you guys across the pond give some feedback on the performance of the AER forks especially compared to the 4CS forks from the past couple years.  If the 2016 EU AER forks are different than the new FE AER forks, does anyone know the differences?

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They are valved the same as the euro 250 ,they are firm feeling with no harshness ,they ride high in the stroke but are very smooth feeling ,if you ride jumps mx tracks in the us I think they will work very well std ,I use 5psi less than ktm recommend , if you gave choppy square edges on the bumps they will be too stiff in valving ,and possibly oil height ,for rough uk tracks I went softer on the valving oil height and pressure

I can't compare to 4cs other than what I read ,they are world's apart in feel

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Only ridden stock Husky 4CS 2016, and they suck compared to AER. Even my revalved CC fork 2015 was better then the 4CS stock.

 

I removed 20 oil from each leg, so at 180ml now. Then running 10.9bar @88kg.

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Why not read tests on the euro 16

Mog, I have searched for some good info RE the AER fork's performance in comparison to the 4CS but can't seem to find much on it.  I have seen in numerous topics that you mention having seen a lot of info.  Can you give us some web links and/or topics in Thumpertalk so that we can locate this info you are referring to?

 

Otherwise, here are some links for everyone else interested, that I have found.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQnOO_9I7gA&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbHjli9fUUE&feature=youtu.be

http://motocross.transworld.net/news/all-about-andrew-shorts-wp-aer-fork/#FuY6jEXos6bUZLYo.97

http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Related,20/WP-AER-48-Forks,1290015

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The search doesn't appear to work properly

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If you understand German, you will be better off.  Or just read the subtitles.  Not ideal, but they give a pretty decent rundown of the whole thing.  Video time of 4:50 is when they start to talk about the AER fork.

 

http://www.mxlarge.com/2015/08/19/2016-ktm-250-sx-f/

 

From what I understand, there is also a KTM Hardparts kit to convert the AER to a spring fork if someone wanted to do that...

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Try to read any UK tests of the 16

 

Only problem with that for most anyone here is that other than a repeat of KTM press releases, the stuff is all behind paywalls.  But if you know of something that isn't post a link.  I would, but again I haven't found anything in my searching that isn't hiding behind a paywall.

 

I should point out that none of this discussion on the AER being good or bad matters to me at all as I have already made up my mind.  I am not currently in the market for a new Kaboom.  But I do like the concepts and engineering behind the AER and want to try them out when they finally get to this side of the pond.  I am probably buying a set of AERs to put on my 505 later in the spring: I can test them and play with setup during the week and put my CC forks back on for a race if so needed.  Therefore I am still interested in anything I can read or watch about them...

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If you understand German, you will be better off.  Or just read the subtitles.  Not ideal, but they give a pretty decent rundown of the whole thing.  Video time of 4:50 is when they start to talk about the AER fork.

 

http://www.mxlarge.com/2015/08/19/2016-ktm-250-sx-f/

 

From what I understand, there is also a KTM Hardparts kit to convert the AER to a spring fork if someone wanted to do that...

Good video eastreich.  Its a good thing it has subtitles.  Thanks.

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