I'm in the mood to "farkle" and have been eyeballing these emulators. Here's my dilemma: I have my bike fully Wilbered, fork springs and shock, and really have no problem with it. But as one supplier puts it "The best you've ridden is the best you know". I know most people add springs, emulators and heavier oil at the same time so judging what change caused what is difficult at best. So my question is, has anyone resprung their bike and much later added the emulators? Was there a real improvement? I've already ordered an extended 6mm impact hex here:
and it will fit on my impact driver (hammer type) but I'm back on the fence again. I mean, I could screw up a good thing at worst or waste a lot of time and money at best if there's not much to gain. Anyone? Thx - Bill
I have "resprung" my front end and was very happy with it. I Also added a Superbrace at the same time. I feel that this is a "must do" performance and safety upgrade for a DL-650.
Several thousand miles after I did this upgrade, I hit a rock while riding in Canada that gave me a rear tire flat and took out my rear shock. The front end felt sort of funny too, but couldn't tell if the front end was actually in need of repair or I was just feeling the rear end "telegraph" through to the front.
I took apart the front end to check it to clear my head of concerns. While doing so, I decided to add the emulators to "get the best ride that I could." I have now ridden the bike several more thousand miles with the emulators installed.
Here is my personal opinion based upon my personal experience influenced by my riding style and where I ride; they have not made enough of a significant difference to merit the cost of me purchasing them and installing them. I would agree with Greywolf that the only (very slight) edge they may have over a stock setup is on "sharp, edged bumps."
The emulators may be a great improvement for a race bike. They may be a great improvement for a DL-1000. They also may be a great improvement over someone else's DL-650. I am not going to stand up and hoot and holler about their great improvement on my bike.
To dial them in, is a tricky process. To make the necessary "final adjustments" to the valves, you will need to remove the OEM fork caps, remove your fork springs, with mechanical fingers, (or like device), reach down through your fork oil and snag the emulator at the bottom of the tube and lift it out of the tube. Next, you will need to turn the screw on top of the valve either clockwise or counterclockwise a 1/4 turn to make your adjustment, then reinsert everything back in the tube. Does that sound like a messy job? Does it seem like you will lose some oil in that process? How much oil? How much oil do you add back in? What if you need to tweak the valves again? Do it all over......
If I were racing a bike competitively, you better believe that I would go through any kind of process to gain an edge, including using Race Tech emulators. If I were commuting everyday in an urban area, battling it out on highways in deep traffic, yes, I would install the emulators.
Running back roads and dirt roads here in New England and Canada, with and without the emulators, I have found no significant difference worth the cost of the product and time it takes for installation, (which isn't really that difficult to do.).
I guess that is more then my .02 worth.