Main Motorcycle: '08 Sprint ST + '12 ST3R
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Francisco, CA
I'll just chip in my own experience to add to the good advice that's already been offered by previous posters...
For my '08 Sprint, a few months back I had the springs replaced with new ones from RaceTech better-suited to my weight & riding style. Also went with linear rather than the stock progressive springs. This made a big improvement -- The stock springs were way too stiff for me as a 145lb rider. So the idea put forth by your dealer that nothing can/should be done about the forks is dumb. I may add Gold Valves as well in the future.
Just a couple weeks ago, I replaced the Sprint's rear shock with RaceTech's base model G3-S, which is only adjustable for preload and rebound damping (same as the stocker). But, they built it to order with the valves & spring chosen for my weight & riding style. They set the preload and rebound for me. All I did was pull the old shock, bolt in the new one, and after some test riding I ended up adding one click of rebound damping. It's fantastic. Wish I'd done it 30k miles ago!
You can spend twice as much on a shock that has hi-lo compression adjustments, piggyback reservoir, remote preload adjuster, etc, etc, etc. But IMO, for street riding & sport-touring on a bike like the Sprint, a basic aftermarket shock that's *built to your specs* costs half as much, and is $$$ well spent.
Now I'm considering pulling the shock off my Street Triple R and sending it to RaceTech for new spring & valves. I'm convinced stuff that's built / modified to order for you is the way to go.
Finally, I recommend pinging Tmod through the forum. He knows his stuff and was happy to exchange emails with me with advice & info.
Hope this helps, and good luck!
Last edited by Lucky13; 11-16-2012 at 03:13 PM.