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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-17-2017, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Triumph/Fox Racing suspension (Street Twin)

I've seen a video on this suspension set up, but is it worthwhile for the Street Twin? I ride with two up a lot, and the suspension has never REALLY bothered us, but I'm tempted by what some claim to be a big performance upgrade for the Street Twin. Anyone with this mod recommend it if I'm not all that disappointed in stock suspension?

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Yeah... I'm getting that itch to tinker with my Street Twin, but none of the other mods really jumped out at me. I like how the bike looks, and sounds with stock so.. suspension seemed like the only thing to do ha.

It's looking like I'll just have to save my money instead of spending it.. darnit.

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Yeah... I'm getting that itch to tinker with my Street Twin, but none of the other mods really jumped out at me. I like how the bike looks, and sounds with stock so.. suspension seemed like the only thing to do ha.

It's looking like I'll just have to save my money instead of spending it.. darnit.

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You and I think alike. I was all for upgrading the suspension especially after the internet told me how crap my ST stock set up was. Actually riding the bike though I have no issues....maybe I'm just too dumb to know better.

Anyway, I understand your desire but unless to are riding hard, I doubt you'd see much appreciable benefit.
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I switched to the FOX shocks and really like the difference it made to the ride. But as the others said, if the stock setup doesnt bother you, leave it be....

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I switched to the FOX shocks and really like the difference it made to the ride. But as the others said, if the stock setup doesnt bother you, leave it be....

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It's actually your video that gave me the itch to swap ha! My cars are performance vehicles and I tinker around with them, so tinkering with the ST seemed natural.

I guess the question is, what about the ride specifically improved? I ride with a passenger a lot. I figured she'd benefit the most from the suspension upgrade as the physics of the stock suspension are most cruel to her.

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My thought on shocks... I have spent time on road tracks in my younger years and had a guy who could set up my suspension nicely, I bought shocks designed for my weight... I'm pretty sure the high end stuff is still by rider weight.

Now I don't go to the track, I ride for pleasure... I considered buying rear shocks, but, I ride 50% of the time with a passenger... There is no adjustment on any high end shock for going from 170 pounds to 280 with a pillion... I just pitched that idea and saved over $1,200.

I have the stock shocks at highest setting and we still bottom out occasionally, even though she weighs only 110... but like I said, I ride for pleasure and having her on the back is certainly a pleasure... If you are not sporting through mountains or canyons or at a track they are good enough.

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I guess the question is, what about the ride specifically improved?
The biggest thing about higher end suspensions is they're adjustable so you can change it for different conditions. It's a big deal for racers where being able to get better traction over certain track specific road irregularities can shave lap times.
In the real world, most set it and forget it. If anything, they simply increase the spring preload when they add a passenger or luggage. Even most inexpensive shocks provide that. If yours feels fine for your weight, conditions, and riding style, there ain't a lot to be gained.
It's a current hot marketing trend though. Everyone wants race bike bits these days. Would probably add to the value if you decide to sell it privately or you could sell them outright. IOW, you'd probably get something back out of the investment.
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The biggest thing about higher end suspensions is they're adjustable so you can change it for different conditions. It's a big deal for racers where being able to get better traction over certain track specific road irregularities can shave lap times.
In the real world, most set it and forget it. If anything, they simply increase the spring preload when they add a passenger or luggage. Even most inexpensive shocks provide that. If yours feels fine for your weight, conditions, and riding style, there ain't a lot to be gained.
It's a current hot marketing trend though. Everyone wants race bike bits these days. Would probably add to the value if you decide to sell it privately or you could sell them outright. IOW, you'd probably get something back out of the investment.
That's great to know. I'm used to car modifications where, if added, do nothing but devalue your vehicle in most cases.

I think it's worth considering, but perhaps at a later time. Based on the wisdom shared here, the stock stuff will do for now. I plan on eventually adding a Tiger to my collection, so the money might be better saved for that.

Thanks to all who responded.

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Sorry for late reply ... I put the Fox shocks on my ST (ever so slightly longer version from the Street Cup/Scrambler). I'm not big or heavy and only have pillion sometimes. I commute every weekday through twistys and then traffic

I'm not an expert rider but I was surprised at the difference in feel. Basically the bike feels a lot firmer, but you don't feel the bumps as much. It's made me want to upgrade the front springs too.
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