As it should be - Sonic Springs
I dismissed playing with the suspension as bothersome and expensive. Then I remembered my fork oil was original on a '15 XT, and detested the skittish front end behavior on uneven surfaces. So with a valve check looming I blew the $120 on a set of Sonic straight weight springs. May as well get rid of the two-stage progressive stuff while the oil is being changed, yeah? The mechanic (Cycletune in Portland, OR) even set the sag properly after the swap, though for a guy a little lighter than me.
I left the mech, hit a gas station, and promptly took off on a two hour ride. In town I noticed a difference but it was subtle: bumps didn't cause the front to dance, brake dive was less, stops were a bit quicker. Out of town on a rural highway was eye-popping at how such a simple change could make an astonishing difference. Planted, controlled, precise, comfortable. The front didn't trill after a bump, a light press on the bar brought an exact angle of lean. Pushing through the corners proved easier, the ride far more plush. The rear is still squishy as it is undersprung, front still dives a bit under braking but far less than the stock springs permitted. All around, this is one change Suzuki should make from the factory. Pretty damn fine for $120 delivered.
Being slow doesn't make a boring bike. I had a R1 which I thought was boring. Boring is a bike that doesn't speak to you. If you like what your bike is saying let it's voice take you to far flung places. - Vertical C