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Old October 21st, 2008   #1
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Default Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

Howdy,

I'm going to be replacing both my front and rear suspensions in the near future and have heard from one member about how he chose RaceTech front and rear shocks.

I had the RaceTech Gold Valve Emulators and springs in the front of my old ST1100 and liked them. I also had a Penske rear shock on it and liked it.

But, I've seen many different choices for the ST1300 and am having a bit of trouble deciding which to go with.

Some folks have gone with the Traxxion, some with Penske, I think I've seen someone mention Ohlins. A lot of ST1100 riders used to go with Progressive. I used a Works rear shock on my GL1800.

So, let's talk about the various choices and explain why you might go with one over another.

I'll compile the findings afterwards and put them into one post in our Farkles section (and it might help me to decide too).
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Old October 21st, 2008   #2
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Default Re: Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

I have run progressive in both my Yamaha Venture's (1st gen and 2nd gen)
and they were perfect .. The New (99-08) Venture are horrible about blowing
the rear shock after about 15K .. Believe folks were going to Works or
maybe Progressive for the rear .. But they are air shocks .. Might want to
consider it for the ST .. Least talk to one of their engineers and get some
info ..

If I ever have to replace fork spring or rear, Progressive will be on the top
of my list ...
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Old October 22nd, 2008   #3
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Default Re: Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

Joe:

Why not "bum" a ride on some of the other STs in your area? I'd bet that you'd have available about all of the choices that you would want to consider within 100 miles of your home.

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Question Re: Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

That's a thought. But, I don't think many have after-market suspensions around here.

I did try Maura Gatensby's ST and I think she has RaceTech springs an valves in the front end. Not sure about the rear.

But, I haven't heard of anyone else around here with other than stock.

So, that's a good question - anyone in the WA, OR, ID, BC area have after market shocks and, if so, what kind? Plus, would you be willing to let me test ride your bike?

Thanks in advance.
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Default Re: Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

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That's a thought. But, I don't think many have after-market suspensions around here.

I did try Maura Gatensby's ST and I think she has RaceTech springs an valves in the front end. Not sure about the rear.
RaceTech on front, stock on rear, looking to upgrade, so I am interested in looking at all the options.
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Default Re: Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

Had a Penske "Triple clicker" (only remotely adjustable shock I could find for the ST) put on my 07 ST about 1500 miles ago--by a company in Jasper GA. 500 mile days now a breeze. The new shock can be set --really--from real firm, remotely like the OEM , to real soft instantly, depending on the road conditions. I WILL have those folks put on some front matching springs in a month or two when time permits. It's as if I own a different motorcycle after the initial change-out of the rear shock. I never realized what people meant when they praised after market shocks until I had it done. It's pricey, but I intend to keep this machine for a while---Jay
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Default Re: Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

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That's a thought. But, I don't think many have after-market suspensions around here.

I did try Maura Gatensby's ST and I think she has RaceTech springs an valves in the front end. Not sure about the rear.

But, I haven't heard of anyone else around here with other than stock.

So, that's a good question - anyone in the WA, OR, ID, BC area have after market shocks and, if so, what kind? Plus, would you be willing to let me test ride your bike?

Thanks in advance.
Hey Joe, I have a traxxion front end and Penske on the rear and would consider letting you take it for a test ride. Perhaps one day this weekend a trip to Winthrop might be in order. Weather looks like it might cooperate. Ping me back on what day might work for you and we can work out details. Others in Southern BC and Nothern Washington (within strking distance) would be welcome.

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Old October 23rd, 2008   #8
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Default Re: Which aftermarket suspensions are best and why?

I saw the note about the trip. I'd be able to attend if it was on Sunday and would welcome a chance to test ride your suspension setup.

Not sure yet which day they'll decide upon, however.
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Old October 24th, 2008   #9
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Joe,
I've hadexperience with the Race tech goodies andthey really solved a problem I was having, Progressive doesn't have a shock {specified} for the ST1300. I used their fork springs in my GS, but favor t he race tech overall.....I want to explore Hyper Pro components....they do a phenom steering damper.....and have springs and shocks for the ST. Someone had made comments re Works performance and it wasn't positive.....Penske has options that are good but a bit pricey,not sure of Ohlins but would be receptive to those products.....I got a sparkling review from my P.M.D. on Wilburs shocks....Hagen was supposed to be a OEM replacement not really a great up-grade.....a few racer types here have used Traxxion dynamics..
and were impressed...I wisjjh Koni was doing shocks for bikes...I have their 7610's on my GS850 and they work well....From here I'll drop you a line or two off line.....

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