Last night 2up we were merging into a very busy complex freeway with Shamrock speeders. The tactic of please speeding drunk cager watch out for us wasn't going to be chanced. So I down shifted and reved up the 9r. It performed perfectly taking us to traffic speed in record time while maintaining safe distances. My SO stated over the com "what was that?", I replied "a safe merge". The action confirmed 100HP is minimum for 2up. It is too much fun!
I put 1.0kg springs and heavier oil in the forks and maxed the rear shock preload to stiffen it up nicely.
Hey ridge I was gonna say if the strom has similar forks to the SV650 to do the same as dream and even one step further that we done to his sv was install a gixxer rear shock with compression and rebound adjustments, for 50 bucks but problably wont work with the strom, i'm betting it has a longer suspension travel doesn't it?
Almost identical to the SV as far as construction goes, just added more travel for the front and rear with oil about the consistency of water. My first step is to change out the oil w/ 15W, and see where that gets me. Preload is adjustable, and has been cranked all the way up since day one.
on the topic of merge safety... when driving on a road with entrances and exits keep your self in a lane where there cannot be a car between you and the exit so if they decide to exit across the lane your not in there path. We've all seen people at the last moment decide to exit!
Hey Ridge his SV had water for fork oil as well and when drained had some fine metal shinyness to it. He really loves the way it handles now!!