Originally Posted by mitchell1227
One question, can you sort of quantify how the race tech suspension upgrade actually changed your ride??
IE; handling, stability, overall comfort??
Thanks very much.
I'll give it a shot, here goes: The stock front springs were way too stiff for me. With the static sag set properly, the forks were not compressing much at all, so the front would just slam over anything more than a minor bump/pothole. Other symptoms of the too-stiff front were resistance to initial turn-in and a tendency to understeer & want to run wide through turns.
Having the proper (lighter) spring rate has solved all these issues. Bike rides smoother, front wheel maintains better contact over bumps/depressions, turn-in is easier, and steering is more neutral. I also prefer the linear to the stock progressive springs for more predictable handling in corners and over bumps. There might be even more improvement to be gained by installing new valves as well, but for now it feels pretty good to me.
The rear shock spring was also too stiff for me, and the valving (which controls compression) was off as well. The rear of the bike was always too stiff, and the rebound stroke would make the bike "buck" a bit before it settled back down. No amount of twiddling with the adjustments could cure these problems.
The new shock is valved and sprung correctly for my weight & riding style. It feels A LOT better than the stocker. With the sag set correctly, the rear wheel stays in much better contact with the road over imperfections, and gives much better feedback. The compression & rebound strokes are now smooth and controlled and don't upset the bike's balance like they used to.
Basically, I no longer have to think about whats going to happen when I hit that bump or depression or expansion gap or whatever...I just ride and
The suspension does its job and keeps the bike as smooth as possible.
Bear in mind all of this is through the lens of what's reasonable for a 550+lb sport touring bike. The Sprint will hustle through twisties very nicely, carry a ton of gear, and chew up miles by the hundred, but it's not going to feel like a Panigale. That said, I don't get passed too often and I watch plenty of squids on R1s get smaller and smaller in my mirrors
Hope all this this helps!