Grand Prix 500
Main Motorcycle: The One I Gots
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Westathere Prefecture
Other Motorcycle: Only This One Now
And a damn good looking bike it is my friend!
On my first Bonnie I ran with the stock Hagons for about 12K miles, they were just average and had only one very (very) basic adjustment (spring rate tension.)
I got a set of IKONS, and ran with those for about 16K miles. Better than the Hagons, but still, just one basic adjustment.
Jumped to the KYB's and the difference in 'feel' was palpable from the first minute.
The two basic adjustments are easy to 'affect' for any riding condition you are going to encounter--- spring tension and rebound rate.
From a two-up day ride to a week long trip with saddle bags packed and all the 'stuff' you take for a run like that (er, tools.)
You can add into the mix of possible adjustments the gas load too.
That's a finer type of adjustment to make, and takes a while to get it right for 'mean' performance (broad stroke, daily riding conditions.)
I have stopped in the middle of a run to make changes to the KYBs to address road conditions before.
While everyone else is complaining about corner chamfer in the line for critical turns, I'm able to get through with no abject effects.
Mind you, I only put 50K miles on the KYB's, so there's probably someone out there that knows better than I how good they are.
*My new (to me) $75 set are on the way, soon to be on my 'new' (to me) T100.
I'll have them on for Spring, certainly.