Begs the question of why you're riding fast on the street, right?...
In fast-paced street riding, it's 99.99% rider skill, as long as the bikes are working halfway decently. Highly skilled riders will make very nearly the exact same decisions no matter what bike they're on...
Thanks for the reply. I got a quote from Sas. Front springs are already budgeted if I go ahead with the purchase. Fork brace too. Revalve in the front Point 4, I would never limit my clearance even on sport bikes, 100% agreed. I went through every single training courses we had locally, including the racing course. I'm out of courses, but I am actually thinking about taking a refresher just for the sake of ....refreshingMy formula:
1) Rear shock rebuilt, revalved and resprung by "Sasquatch". Excellent bang for the buck to get a rear end that works far better than stock. And of course there are assorted replacement shocks if you want to spend more.
2) Sonic straight-rate springs up front.
3) 5/8" (16mm) raising links out back. Keep the front at stock height. This corrects the chassis attitude the same as lowering the front without cutting into scarce cornering clearance.
4) Speaking of cornering clearance, don't add crap that affects this like peg lowering plates, centerstand, lowering links, etc. My bike came to me with the remnants of centerstand hardware, but no centerstand, and I've never wanted to replace it.
5) The biggest upgrade you can make is in software: GET SOME TRAINING. 99.9999% of the equation is between the rider's ears. I can highly recommend Lee Parks' Total Control training:
Motorcyclist Training Courses | Total Control Training
In fast-paced street riding, it's 99.99% rider skill, as long as the bikes are working halfway decently. Highly skilled riders will make very nearly the exact same decisions no matter what bike they're on.
The biggest single issue you see on DLs is sag; Suzuki ships these things to North America with piss-weak springs inadequate for the weight of the bike, let alone a rider and luggage. Far too many DL riders are trundling around slowly in the lower third of the suspension travel, wondering why this thing handles like a truck.
Begs the question of why you're riding fast on the street, right?
The Pace Separating street from track, riding from racing
"The Pace focuses on bike control and de-emphasizes outright speed. Full-throttle acceleration and last minute braking aren't part of the program, effectively eliminating the two most common single-bike accident scenarios in sport riding."