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Hello there, looking for some opinions on what the best option would be for me and my wife. We ride a lot in the summer months in B.C touring around and camping on our 2009 dl650 (about 8,000 k a summer). I love the bike, love the engine, but the suspension honestly is starting to suck for this purpose. Around town with just us and no luggage it's passable although wallowy, but when riding twisties two up with full camping gear we bottomed out pretty badly in a turn and it scared both of us. Also two up on gravel roads sucks for my wife because of how jarring it is even without any gear. I am 200 pounds without gear, my wife is 140 without gear, and our camping luggage probably weighs something like 30 or 40 pounds with all the water etc. so lets generously say I need a suspension setup that will happily carry 400 pounds in the twisties, and if it could do that AND have a decent ride on logging roads it would really expand the types of riding we can do.

Has anyone had a good solution to this? Please weigh in.
 

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Well, you need new springs front and back. You could start with that and perhaps changing the fork oil to something thicker.

But: you probably should upgrade the rear shock and the fork internals. RMR Suspension in Abbotsford will have ALL the answers.
 

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Cogent Dynamics DDC fork kit comes with improved springs, converts the fork to a cartridge-esque type, and greatly improves both handling and bump tolerance. Cogent's kit comes with 0.8kg/mm springs; not strong enough for your application. Call Cogent because you have a unique weight requirement that is close to max load for the bike.

For the rear, options abound. Several shops will rebuild your rear shock to whatever spec you need and users here can tell you their luck. Many places (Race Tech, Progressive, Ohlins, Cogent, Ricor) offer rear shocks to replace the stock unit. Do note: some come with remote preload, some lack that option depending on the shock and whether the bike has ABS. Most aftermarket shocks are, far and away, better than the stock unit.
 

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Talking to a suspension shop with experience in motorcycle suspension, and ideally Vstrom suspension will be the best way to go. I have been looking into similar things for my DL1000, I ride single, two up, with gear, trails, twisties, touring, camping, and all combinations thereof, and wanting to do it all on one bike.

This RMR suspensions place looks very interesting, and in my hometown, albeit that is very far from me now.

I have read excellent things about Adventure Power Sports: Suzuki Vstrom

Also watch this:

And part two:
 
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