The suspension seems to hold the road ok and is liable to buck off the rider. I have to imagine that in 1962 it was the other way around What I don't like is that this isn't new experimental technology and the difference between good and (this bad) suspension isn't rocket science or even expensive and exotic parts, yet here we are with a mono shock and compression/rebound setup on the front that completely suck.
Be careful with that - if you run lower pressures those tires melt like butter, they are a very soft compound.It's just not compliant enough to warrant any sort of enduro type endorsement. I find it kind of endearing around town and on any highway that does NOT have frost heaves. I have yet to let some air out of the tires which might change my opinion. I'm trying to watch how the tread blocks wear to make up my mind on where I want to run them.
Totally agree that the forks are the problem for meThere are a number of options available right now, some at a reasonable cost, to address the the poor shock - but the forks are the real culprit - and expensive to rectify.
Out back, the Nitron R1 is probably my solution of choice right now.
I'm not so sure I'm willing to dump a grand into cartridge inserts for the front end, hoping someone comes up with an effective but cheaper alternative, like emulators and matched springs with some preload adjusters.
BTW - those Avon Distanzias are great tires, not nearly as soft as these, thus they wear a lot longer, without giving up too much in the grip department.
But alas - no 18" front.