Just want to throw this out there for discussion:
I have a DL650 with a fork brace, springs, Race Tech emulators and 10w oil. I like the setup a lot, and its a great improvement over stock
But I read that the Traxxion Dynamics cartridge upgrade is the ultimate in adjustability and performace for the v-strom front end. That system installed is about $1,300
So here is the question, would it be worth the time and money to try to fit a Ducati Multistrada 1000 or 1100 front end to the DL650?
The first question is could it be done within $100 (or so) of the cost Traxxion kit?
(I think this is possible using used parts on ebay, etc)
Second, would the improvement in performance and adjustability be the same or better than the Traxxion kit? (this includes the potential improvement from the 4-pot calipers on the Ducati forks and hopefully a stiffer overall system)
Note: I know the RaceTech emulators and oil weight have very good adjustability, but I like to make some fine tune adjustments on the road for both road conditions and load conditions.
Here is the setup I would envision to be optimal:
2004-2006 Multistrada 1000DS front end: (the Showa forks, unless I can find some Ohlins units for less than $1000, but I believe they have 1" less travel)
-Forks (compression, rebound and preload externally adjustable)
-Triples w/bar mounts
I would love to use the following from the DL650:
-Wheel with brake rotors
-Axle (with shims to fit the Multistrada forks)
In theory, the geometry of the bike should be pretty close to stock with the option to lower the forks in the triples but probably not raise them.
I know this is a lot to digest and most likely more work than its worth. But I was not able to find much information to see if these parts could even be made to work together...so I was hoping folks here could provide some thoughts.
Here are things I have considered:
Fitting the triples:
- pressing the DL650 stem into the Ducati triples or
- using the entire Ductati triple setup (I dont know the size of the bearings on either bike, or the length of each stem)
- DL650 fork center to center spacing is about 8", any ideas what the Ducati is?
- the Showa forks are about 32" total length and about 31" from the center of the axle hole to the top of the cap (can anyone confirm?)
- the DL650 forks are about 31-32" from the center of the axle to the top cap
- The Showa forks have 6.5" of travel, Is the DL650 about the same?
- the stock Showa spring rate is 0.76 kg/mm so they will be on the soft side (this can be fixed of course)
- DL650 has the keyed spaces for the speedo/odo drive, I would imagine the bottom of the Showa forks could be modified to hold it in place
- the DL650 has 310mm rotors, the Ducati has 320mm rotors. Would the 10mm difference make mounting the Ducati calipers unsafe or not practical?
- wheel hub width and width of brake rotors
- the Showa forks have the 4-pot calipers
Im sure there are many factors I am forgetting and many more questions that this type of thinking will create. But I hope it will be something to discuss.