Adjustable RG500 Ride Height Strut
Stock Gammas can be perceived as having heavier handling than the light weight of the machine would imply. This is aggravated with the installation of wider wheels and tires, necessitating the alteration of the chassis geometry to compensate. The LG RG500 Strut is a high quality piece that has been instrumental in making my Gammas more enjoyable to ride.
LanceGamma struts are super easy to adjust because they don't have a locknut. The rod ends have a special feature which prevents turning under suspension loads.
Just reach in with a single wrench and turn the center section.
Raising the forks up to 20mm in the clamps and installing an adjustable strut makes it possible to alter the steering head angle from 25.1dg (stock) to mid 23dg with about 98mm of trail (down from 110mm stock). These are very contemporary numbers and very effective.
Here is the LG Adjustable RG500 Strut installed and setup.
The LG strut is mechanical art with a purpose. It personalizes the flick-in handling of your bike to suit your preference.
The stock strut is 94mm eye-to-eye. The Lance Gamma strut can be adjusted between 102-118mm eye-to-eye.
A carpenter's angle measuring tool can be used to set the fork angle. Such a tool can be bought at any hardware store.
Note: The pictured tool displays 21.5 degree fork angle because the bike is on a swingarm stand. The picture is for illustration purposes only. Always have the bike resting on its wheels when measuring the fork angle.
Some people prefer to set up the strut using ride height. Since ride height numbers depend on the reference measurement point it will not be addressed here.
The most important thing is to adjust the handling to suit your preference. A steeper head angle will make bike feel lighter and make flick-in quicker.