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post #1 of 3 Old 11-23-2015, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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2014 Suspension upgrades? hyperpro and the gsx1000s

Newbie member here. New owner of a '14 vstrom 1000 as well. I was searching through the general suspension section and everything was pertaining to the gen 1 vstroms, so posting here... sorry in advance.

I was looking at hyperpro's website and noticed that the part # for the '14 vstrom 1000 is the same for the '15 gsx1000s? Excited and confused... If I install the hyperpro kit will i have the same handling characteristics as the new gsx1000s/f? 6.3" of travel vs the 4.7" of travel with the gsx1000f

I'm one of the 95% road/ 5% fire road guys that is vertically enabled (6'4") but loves to rally some twisties. The stock suspension is decent, but I've got it cranked tight and still a little spongy for me compared to my old supermoto and sportbikes (understand that its a different bike). I would rather ride in the middle of the "working range" pre-load for springs then at max setting if that makes sense. I was looking for reviews and couldn't find any on hyperpro or any other spring swaps (other than rear spring). Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-26-2015, 09:58 AM
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I believe the hyperpro is just the spring not the entire shock assembly?

Daughtery Motosports does great work rebuilding the stock shock. He does custom damping and I believe he uses the hyperpro springs... he did on my 650 anyways.

I am considering sending him the shock off my 1000 over the winter. Daugherty Motorsports - Motorcycle Suspension Performance and Modification

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The preload sets the height of the suspension so you have an equal chance of neither topping out nor bottoming out. Set the preload so your sag is about 40 mm, both front & rear, from wheel in the air to you on the bike dressed & loaded for the ride. As the suspension breaks in & frees up it'll need readjustment.

Have you set the front compression and rebound damping, and rear rebound, to your liking? Those also require readjustment as the bike breaks in.

Rich at Sonic Springs knows more about suspension on stroms than anyone else here, and he sells springs with excellent advice about picking the spring rate. If you email him, pls let us all know what he suggests. We all do best with springs that suit our loaded riding weight.

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