So I received the suspension and decided to get a local mechanic who has done work for me to install it. Basically I caved in
We are renovating the house before it goes on the market, no stands, time poor.....smelly armpits syndrome. You know we all have them and nobody likes them
My mechanic, now friend Robby used to race speedway solo's and was a head mechanic at Triumph in the UK; suffice to say he goes alright!
So how does it all feel now, you may ask? Well it's easy to justify your decision with rational, so I will try to remain impartial
Firstly, I'm not a track day rider or wannabe knee down street racer, I'm just an old school hang off the seat (only when i'm pushing myself) otherwise fairly conventional upright riding position kind of guy. Few, bloody mouthful!
I rode Ginger (my 9'r) to one of my local back country roads for a shake down.
In the back of my mind was Robby (mech) saying remember those front springs will bed in after a bit of riding, so the ride will settle after a few km's.
So not knowing what to expect I took it reasonably easy for a Hornet hooligan
The bike felt allot more compliant in braking points and in the transition from coming off the brakes and onto throttle. Through the corners the bike, although stiffer or more taut, gave no head shake or wallow and stayed planted on line. Once I had the feel of the new handling, I did three passes through a 3 km stretch of moderate speed (80kph sign posted) sweepers which are off camber, some a bit uneven and one of them down hill off camber
What I must say is the feedback through the seat of my pants gave me allot more confidence both in myself and the bike. My corner entry & exit speed was higher, I scrubbed off more chicken strip although I didn't find the hero knobs. The corners above were able to be apexed at around 110kph I reckon which was up 10-15kph than before without soiling my pants.
Next R&R I will twiddle some knobs and get the sag set....yes I know what yer all thinking.
You mean your so called mechanic guru didn't do that with you on the bike yadda yadda! I was in a hurry and had to pick up the bike so didn't ask if he used a colleague to dial it in, or he was going to get me back in once it all settled down. He should be all over it.
If anything I would say the rebound could be backed off a click front and rear; obviously I would only do one adjustment at a time when testing.
I will follow up with a final progress report. No laughing at my chicken strips OK