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A stiffer spring will rebound with more force and the valving set for a softer spring may not damp the rebound as effectivly. The shock should be properly revalved if the spring rate changes significantly.

My stock 929 had too stiff spring on the rear, and too soft front. I already took care of the rear with a fully adjustable ohlins off ebay, the front end will be taken care of next winter.
 

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Proper suspension is needed on road or track.
Proper means setting sag without excessive preload (or too little).
The Gold Wing comes thru under sprung.
Proper suspension stays on the road/track, increases available traction. And you get the benefit of using all your suspension travel instead of wasting it suporting the bike (or too stiff, not reaching it).
 

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Too bad japanese bikes dont offer better suspension options like Aprilia and Ducati do. RSV R/Factory(?), 1098 S.
 

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bluevfr said:
Too bad japanese bikes dont offer better suspension options like Aprilia and Ducati do. RSV R/Factory(?), 1098 S.

You pay a premium for those bikes above the standard model, though.

The R1 LE had a similar suspension on it (and price).


You can get Ohlins forks and shock for pretty much any japanese bike. But honestly, unless you are going racing, that is VERY excessive.


Re-springing and re-valving stock components and PROPERLY SETTING THEM UP is far more than most street riders will ever need out of a suspension.
 

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kevinwilly said:
You can get Ohlins forks and shock for pretty much any japanese bike. But honestly, unless you are going racing, that is VERY excessive.


Re-springing and re-valving stock components and PROPERLY SETTING THEM UP is far more than most street riders will ever need out of a suspension.
Unless you're a big guy & do more than just cruise.
 

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Experience on Gen1 FZ1 everyone benefits from spring upgrade, most value per dollar, hard sell.
Rear shock can be gold valved resprung for $350-450. Meaning ful adjustment and better ride.
Custom built/sprung Penske about $800.
Fork rebuild with Gold Vavles $800-900.
AK-20 cartridge kit $1100, can be changed out to next bike.
Gen2 FZ1 Springs fair, adj benefit going to straight rates.
Shock not rebuildable or upgradable.
Forks less $ to gold valve, no AK-20s yet.
Look for group buys.
 
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