Originally Posted by backmarkermike
I have been riding for 35 years. I do 5-6 track days a year and I am basically sportbike guy. I bought a SV650 a few years ago and it became my favorite street bike. I upgraded the rear shock to an Ohlin and Traxxion do the forks. It is brilliant on the street.
It is so good when my motorcycling world changed and became a 2 up adventure I bought the Vstrom.
So my question is do most of you guys use the stock shock 2up or loaded up with luggage??? I find when I am pushing the Vstrom in the twist canyons the rear shock wallows horribly.
We are still talking 2012 DL 650 here ?. Yes, it can be made to wallow, but hey, I'd reserve horrible for the earlier model
A fork brace will also help with the wallowing, but yes, heavy loaded at speed, getting the spring rate up and decent damping will also be needed. If you aren't doing serious speeds on dirt, consider the Sasquatch rebuild on a second hand DL 1000 shock as an option - my Wilbers shock is good, but you are unlikely to need the extra cooling a remote oil bottle gives you normally. I've found the Wilbers to be excellent, but there should be less expensive alternates just as good in the US.
Can't remember what my rear spring rate is, but I suspect not a hell of a lot more than the new L2 is stock. My K6 was low on both springs and damping.
My only reservation is that if the rear spring is light for you, the front may be as well and just fixing the rear may not be enough, something you've probably worked out, but you'll be one of the first to fit emulators to an L2.