Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
In comparing to stock one important consideration is the size of the rider as compared to what Kawasaki designed into the bike.
I stand six foot six and weigh 245, kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip....
No, wait, I'm 6' 2" and weigh 250.
My biggest problems with the stock suspension were lack of spring in the rear and lack of rebound in the rear and dive in the front.
Any decent shock is going to be built with the weight of the rider and load in mind. It will be a vast improvement over stock. The Ricor shock doesn't have any rebound adjustment; my Cogent did. In both cases I was pretty happy with the results.
At the front a new set of springs with a stiffer rate will help control the front end with a heavier rider. I have always had the progressive springs, but am considering going to a straight wound spring as an experiment.
The Intiminators weren't working for me on this trip and, as I mentioned, I think it was the progressive springs that were causing the problem. That's something that can be tuned out, probably, or cured by ditching the progressives.
Brake dive, though, was vastly improved. Brake dive is the transfer of weight from back to front, and you can't stop that without repealing the laws of physics. You can affect how it happens. The Initminators do an effective job of slowing the rate of dive in the front end. My experience with Racetech Emulators is the same.
To shorten the story, I think matching springs front and rear to the rider's weigh class and getting some valving in the forks and a decent shock in the rear is money well spent and the rider will notice and appreciate the difference.
The downside is that the rider has to be willing to do a bit of tuning on the system to optimize it. Even the Cogent shock I have, which was built to order specifically for me, needed some fiddling to get it right.
For a lighter rider it might not be so important, but for a heavier rider it's almost mandatory.
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