I purchased a used 2001 Yamaha YZ250 early this year and have been banging the crap out of it on a weekly basis. It was of course set up for the previous owner who I believe weighed a good amount less than I. I am in the 170-180 range without gear and have found as I gain confidence riding the machine I am really taxing the suspension. It has been revalved for the previous owner and was looking for some advice as to where I can get the forks and shock set up to handle my a$$. I am willing to send them anywhere during the winter break from riding to get worked up. Is Race Tech my best option? Do I have other options? As a hobby rider what extent of rework should I expect to do? IE, hard anodizing, seals, bushings, etc. Any advice is appreciated as I am pretty new to the dirt game, thank you.
Noleen is still in the biz. Thanks for another option. Any pros, cons of Noleen vs. Race Tech?
My bike used to be a Noleen factory team race bike in the pro class. So I knew where the suspension was headed when I restored my YZ250. It's a 94 that I bought and restored back in 98. I had them rebuild the forks since it already had their valving, and rework the Ohlins shock. I've put them to the test on MX tracks and they haven't failed me yet.
As far as which one is "better", again consult HBR. He knows the owner of both companies personally. Just have him share the knowledge; I'd like to know too.
I'm a 200lb rider on a 95 CR250, I found these guys in in the back of a MX magazine & gave 'em a try. http://www.moto-pro.com/
I had them rebuild my rear shock, & then had them send me new springs & valve kit for my forks so I could save a little money (I'm kinda cheap & like to do my own work if at all possible).
I believe John is the guy I dealt with - used to work for Race Tech.
I'm satisfied with what I got, huge improvement.