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post #1 of 13 Old 06-24-2014, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Daugherty Motorsports suspension review

I must say what a vast improvement over the worn out stock stuff. The ride is firm but not harsh. Much more controlled now. No more knock your fillings out from the forks on sharp bumps. No more bottoming out on the rear on everyting you come across and no more wallowing on the rear end when I get sporty in the corners.

It took me a few days to quit cringing every time I came across a sharp bump or edge at speed. The bike now soaks it up instead of transmitting it through the bars and directly trying to dislodge my brain. The ride is so much more controlled now. Mine used to porpoise in the corners as the rear was soft and would start to undulate if it hit some type of bump mid corner. Now it is firm and keeps the rubber planted to the road. I put about 1200 miles in the last 4 days on my trek to Canada from Washington State. 95% of that was pavement but I was able to jet down a few dirt washboard roads and it was still supple.

I spent $535 which included shipping. I saved approx $85 as I had the proper fork spring rate already. The price included front and rear rebuild and revalve, new front oil and dust seals, new shock seal and new rear spring. My local Race Tech guy quoted me $770 plus tax. Spent the extra dough on my ride.

Hope this helps out with anyone considering using his services.
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-24-2014, 08:49 AM
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Good to hear. I plan on sending my rear shock to Daugherty once the riding season slows up here. I did the front myself with sonic springs and 15w oil. What spring rates did Daugherty set you up with? Im a Heavyweight, 250lbs. I went with 1.0 sonics in the front and love the handling. Curious to see what Daugherty recommends for the rear.....

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post #3 of 13 Old 06-24-2014, 03:11 PM
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I am happy with the work they did on my shock. I am a little over 200lbs and I pretty sure I have a 600lbs spring.
You can't beat the price Jamie charges and he answered the phone and answered my questions every time I called.

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post #4 of 13 Old 06-24-2014, 10:20 PM
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Did they install a nitrogen valve on rear shock? I just do not like an idea of non-serviceable shock on my bike.
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-25-2014, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yes he added a nitrogen port. The rear spring is a 900lb unit for my 200 lb girth. I already had .95 race techs in the front.
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-22-2014, 03:33 PM
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Another Daugherty Motorports customer

My 2004 DL650 had a leaky front fork seal, and the rear shock was feeling kind of clapped out, so I needed to do something. I considered re-doing the forks myself, and installing an aftermarket shock, but ultimately decided to go with Daugherty Motorsports. I went that route because I liked the idea of having an actual suspension guy involved, they have specific experience with the V-Strom, and the price was right.

Jamie and I spoke on the phone a few times to discuss my needs. Basically, the main thing he needs to know is how much you weigh, so he can spring the shock and forks correctly. I already had proper (Sonic straight rate) springs in the forks, from a previous rebuild, so this is what I had done:

Front Forks: new seals, bushings, fluid, and Daugherty Motorsports proprietary cartridge emulators.
Rear Shock: new spring, new fluid, and Daugherty Motorsports proprietary valving.

I am very happy with the result. The complete cost was $535, plus shipping to Daugherty (the shipping back to you is included in the price). The bike feels more planted, is more compliant over rough surfaces, and I haven't noticed the dreaded front end clunk since I had this done.

My front end was already much improved over stock, because I had proper springs and fluid, and also have a fork brace. But the front end performance is improved over that with the Daugherty fork rebuild including emulators. The performance of the rear shock is also much improved, although as I previously mentioned, it was pretty clapped out after 30k hard miles.

The bottom line is this is a great value, and a cost effective way to upgrade your V-Strom, especially if you need work done anyway due to leaking seals or other problems. Highly recommended! Here is a link to their V-Strom page:

Daugherty Motorsports - Motorcycle Suspension Performance and Modification

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post #7 of 13 Old 07-22-2014, 04:13 PM
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The fellow likes to set you up really stiff, similar to the Race Tech Calculator plus two steps.

I was surprised what he recommended for me, way too stiff in my educated and experienced opinion. I would thoroughly research spring rates and just tell him what you want. Daugherty definitely is a good deal price wise. On the other hand, I think Cogent sets you up a bit soft. It all depends on your riding style also, but if you go way stiff you'll buck and skip across a rough dirt road instead of hooking up and staying in control. You have to find a happy medium, I've gone too soft and I've gone too stiff on various bikes over the years. For a 200 pound rider I would think a 12.8kg or so rear would me MAX. I'm 250 pounds and the 13.4kg spring is plenty with camping gear, I think its a bit stiff and I like that. Gives me room for a passenger. Its all a compromise when my load varies from a naked bike with no luggage to loaded with hard bags and a passenger. Big spread there, but a 17.9kg rear spring would definitely been way too much for me. With a 13.4kg with 1.0 forks I get less than 2" loaded sag with minimal preload and I'm around 260 pounds dressed. Bags on, day ride load with tools, preloads at the "1" lines I get 1 3/8" sag. That seems nice and stiff to me, and that using a 750 pound spring, not a 900 or 1,000 pounder...

Well anyway, I'm glad we have Daughtery as another good option for a OEM rebuild. I like keeping the stock rear shock and he starts prices at $230 or so for a re-valve and spring change. Thats a good price considering the return shipping is included.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-06-2014, 11:08 AM
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I will be getting my rear shock rebuilt by Daugherty this winter. He is highly recommended by another V-Strom suspension expert.

This is interesting: Penske suggests a 7" X 550 lb (9.8 kg) rear spring for the Wee with my weight. For a Vee the sugeested rear spring is 7" X 950 lbs (17.0 kg). These springs are for Penske shocks (I have a 15.2 kg on my stock Vee shock - it's great).

I didn't realize there is that much difference between the Wee and Vee.

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post #9 of 13 Old 08-06-2014, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Strombled View Post
I didn't realize there is that much difference between the Wee and Vee.
There isn't. Something is wrong there.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-07-2014, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by hodgkins View Post
Yes he added a nitrogen port. The rear spring is a 900lb unit for my 200 lb girth. I already had .95 race techs in the front.

900? Man that's stiff, I weigh 235 and carry my 128lb wife with gear and a 800lb spring only needs 2 lines of preload and is fine. With no preload and only me on it, it seems to barely squat when I sit on it.

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