I spent $ on suspension, around 20% of the cost of the bike all up, last time I rode with the expensive bikes (990's, 1200GS's) I was running up near the front of the pack and I wasn't the one sliding sideways off the road whenever we hit washboards on corners .Hmm.. That's definitely something to look into. Googling around seems to show that I'm far from the only one complaining about suspension.
Would having it rebuilt really be comparable to an aftermarket shock? Aside from the downtime, I'm kind of thinking that if it's gonna need some serious work, I might as well upgrade to something better.
And for that matter, what kind of benefit can one expect, aside from not bottoming out, from one of these things? This is my first bike, so I don't have a lot to compare to. I take it this isn't gonna make a Chevy feel like a beemer any time soon...
He was at the ADVrider Westfest Rally in Darby, MT and I had plenty of time for suspension discussions. One of my winter projects this year is to rebuild/upgrade the suspension on my Wee, on both ends.
http://www.stromtrooper.com/190184-post3.html? do you put the racetech in place of the stock Vee cartridge. I have seen articles where they say just to drop in the racetech which i find hard to believe.
I also found 1 article once where someone put new shims etc. in the stock cartridge. I am surprised that there was not more work in this direction.
Ask and Ye shall receive:
Installing Race Tech Gold Valves in 1000 (with pics)
I just did this mod to my Vee last weekend. the instruction sheet is a bit confusing as it's for many different version. I had to put a propane torch on the capscrews in the bottom of the forks to get them loose. this was the biggest hurdle, you do need a set of calipers or a micrometer to measure out the shims, be sure and use the drill size posted. be sure and use care when stacking the shimpacks onto the bolt so as not to catch them on the threads! These things are a little fussy but with patience and some attention to detail not too bad to do. (WARNING! DO NOT ADD BEER TO THIS UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE).
I also got my .95 springs from sonic and I went with the "c-31" shim pack arrangement.
Now if the snow would leave I could go out and give her a test run!!!