Popular Post Suspension101 Posted July 18, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted July 18, 2021 Picked up a T7 recently at a $1500 premium. My other dealer Motoworld wanted a 2k premium. So is life, and supply and demand. Currently have about 400 miles on the clock. I am old but aggressive for my oldness, having a bit of mx racing intermediate class in the olden days. Carlsbad, Saddleback, Perris etc. I beat my bikes up, I bend my rims, I drop them, jump them, and generally hammer them. I also maintain them quite well. Not so much cosmetics but I do keep them mechanically sound. I have a 2011 990 that has gone on about a 50lb diet. Raised to 245mm of highly refined travel, a bit of a bump in horse power and it is a hooligan. It wheelies down the road like a raucous animal and It handles high speed off road with aplomb, I love the bike. It is the blue bike on my website. I have owned the 950 adventure S and the 690 Enduro as well. Have time on the 1090R the Africa twins, a bit of 790R etc as I dial them in for customers. I am going to compare this T7 to the 990 heads up side by side as I do my mods. I ordered a couple items from that Camel guy @Camel ADV and my intent is to make the T7 Better than my 990 adventure. Can I do it against a large WP 50mm shock and 48mm forks with Gobblers? Time will tell and I do not give up easy. So the menu so far: Reduce weight within reason. Increase horsepower within reason as you guys have done. And make the suspension handle everything I can throw at it. Pot holes, getting air, and generally take a flogging, and do it without making the bike ride like a buck board. That is a wagon, horse drawn, for you youngsters out there. So the challenge is getting the suspension on par with 35mm to 45mm less travel. That is the big deal here. The little shock that holds not much oil will only show its size if you go hard on the bike to the point of overheating the shock. Yes go race it and your fluid will be gone at the end of one race. But how many of us are that hard on an adventure bike for any length of time. I can make the action of the shock as good as any with some modifications. How many modifications I do not know but I have some pretty dang happy customers already. I started a thread on another site, but not much interest and should have known better, as the passion for the bike is likely right here. My brother is buying one as well and he will be doing some racing like the Nora and maybe the Virginia City race etc. in the younger old guy 50yr old pro class. That bike will have to be a bit over the top regarding the suspension as we will be competing against Rottweiler and who knows who might pop up for that race. We will see what that entails in a new chapter, but likely will be calling in a favor for some custom parts from the Camel guy as he has some real deal components. If you guys want I am willing to do full build details regarding the suspension allowing you to do some DIY mods. If not no problem I will just post results. Will have to do this post over a bit of time to catch up with where I am, as I have been into this thing several times already. Tomorrow will be yet another prototype Gobbler test for these forks and I am quite optimistic as things are definitely coming along. Thank you for listening, George Suspension101 I love doing suspension and I love motorcycles. Go figure! 20 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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