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post #1 of 5 Old 10-27-2012, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I picked up my bike after have the following done:
- Racetech springs and GVE (SV Racing)
- Elka custom built rear shock (SV Racing)
- Galfer SS Brake lines (SV Racing)
- New Bars
- Raised forks 3-4mm (Blair, SV Racing)

First impressions. WOW!! I rode 100 miles today (the long way to work given my office is 11 miles from my house). Twisties, city, Super slab. The bike is more stable. I have more confidence/control. I found myself going a little faster than usual, particularly on the super slab and through the twisties. In fact it seemed like a different bike. It is!!

Raising the forks wasn't my idea but part of the recommendation from Blair at SV Racing (he actually provided great advice to me and the shop that did the install). The (perceived?) increase improvement in handling and "flickability" is astonishing. At first I was going to change the forks back, but then I rode it. We'll see after the offroad ride tomorrow.

So, I can feel the road, I can sense the change in surface and deformities, BUT it is not jarring. Much less fatigue. More comfortable. There will be fine tuning to do, but starting from a place that is pretty close is amazing. Tomorrow off-road.

Now the Bars are for something in the equation, ProTaper Contour, ATV Mid. Wider, less sweep. Comfortable but could probably use a little more rise.

Now, going into this I wasn't sure what to expect. I had ridden a friends KTM 950 and found it solid, sure footed. I was in fact thinking of replacing my Strom for a 990 Adventure. Now I am not sure. At least for the next couple of years I have improved dramatically the base strom. Reignited the love affair.

All of this was expensive, but taking a great bike, with a great motor and making it amazing, for me worth it!!!
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well done!!! Nothing like having well sorted out suspenders! Curious of your opinion of the handling, if you were raise the front end back up, and compare to the dropped front end you're riding now.

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Do you have a fork brace on? The fork brace is highly recommended.

Usually we raise the forks 12 - 15 mm on a non-ABS bike and 10 mm on an ABS bike (only with a flat fork brace, not with the arched Superbrace). The ABS wee has the plumbing in the way of raising them more. Contrary to conventional wisdom, raising the forks on these bikes actually makes then more steady at speed, perhaps because lowering the front improves the aerodynamic attack angle of the cowling on the '02 to '11 bikes.

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+1 Made that change on DL650. Improved markedly even before the rebuilding the suspension. After that even better.

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, raising the forks on these bikes actually makes then more steady at speed, perhaps because lowering the front improves the aerodynamic attack angle of the cowling on the '02 to '11 bikes.

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Do you have a fork brace on? The fork brace is highly recommended.

Usually we raise the forks 12 - 15 mm on a non-ABS bike and 10 mm on an ABS bike (only with a flat fork brace, not with the arched Superbrace). The ABS wee has the plumbing in the way of raising them more. Contrary to conventional wisdom, raising the forks on these bikes actually makes then more steady at speed, perhaps because lowering the front improves the aerodynamic attack angle of the cowling on the '02 to '11 bikes.
Yes on the fork brace. Richland Rick. Was the first purchase when I got the bike 18 months ago (so much more since )

Off road the bike continued to be much better than prior to the change. Road out deep ruts, baby head rocks, gravel, small boulders. Even the easier uneven stuff was much better. All around the bike is just more "compliant" (?). Looking at the front, I used about 80% of travel (cable tie gauge method) off road. On road only about 30%). I think there is still some tuning to be done.

For the rear, the Elka seems good as built (great job guys). Will look for a rough patch of road I can ride several time to see if any tuning helps.

Will,be ordering a set of Rox Risers. Standing on the pegs reinforced that the bars are still a little low. Fortunately with my new SS brake lines I have the extra length needed to raise my bars (abs). Will try to get before the weekend to try them out on the same route as yesterday.
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