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!!!