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post #1 of 31 Old 06-01-2012, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Best rear/front shocks for '12 650 V-Strom?

If one was to replace the stock shocks on this bike what would you suggest?

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post #2 of 31 Old 06-01-2012, 10:25 AM
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The best?...If they're ready for the 2012, then for the front, Traxxion, and for the rear, I don't think Elka can be beat.

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Is there something wrong with the OEM ones?
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Not a lot. I replaced the rear with the Wilbers I pulled of my K6 and it was an improvement but not the massive one it was on the K6.

The front wasn't worth bothering with, but again, everyone is different.

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The front is worth bothering with if you ride on dirt roads at all.

I'm very tempted to go with the Traxxions. Stock is okay, but not quite as good as what I did with RaceTech and Ricor valves on the '07. I played around with both, with 4 different spring sets, and with 4 different oil weights.

Also thinking about moving the Hyperpro over from the '07. The '12 rear shock is better than the old oem, but not up to Hyperpro, Elka, and other aftermarket choices.

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I do ride on dirt roads.
So far the L2 front has been fine, a little harsher than my K6 with Gold Valves but so far not to the extent that it's been limiting.
Off road is the only place I really notice the rear being an improvement.

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2up???

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.
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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.

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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.

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I plan to pull the Ricor valves from my '07 and try them on the '12. If it's not good enough, I'll go with Traxxion.

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thanks

Great thanks. I am taking my 2012 Vstrom in Tuesday morning for a rear shock and Traxxion front fork upgrade. I hope to get it close to the performance of my SV650.

I will update this thread when I get it all sorted out.
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