Vee 2 front fork cartridgeupgrade
I installed a traction Dynamics AK-20 kit in my 2018 XT. Very interesting. Even though it is very well tuned — spring rate, low speed compression — the Vee 2 for is technically a, as we say in my native tongue, a morceau de merge. For instance, there is really no piston/shim stack for compression, just a single washer with holes in it at the bottom of the fork. For all intents and purposes, it's not substantially more sophisticated than a damper rod arrangement.
But at least it's adjustable you say. Uhh, not really. Even though there is a compression damper on the bottom of each leg, they are almost completely ineffective. Indeed, my suspension guy — John Sharrard of Accelerated technologies — estimates that ten click of the Suzuki compression damper adjustment is equivalent to one klick of a premium system. I solved the situation by replacing them — the whole unit — with a Flow Control Valve from K-Tech meant for early R1s and R6s as well as Triumph Daytona 675s.
I'll be writing this all up in more detail for Cycle Canada magazine and will post the pdf here after it;s published