eddylindenstein Posted August 7, 2021 Share Posted August 7, 2021 My buddy came over last night and we put on the Rally Raid 90nm shock spring, the Touratech progressive fork springs and a 16T front sprocket. I took the T7 on a 200 mile roundtrip ride to Bellingham on Monday for work and felt pretty defeated by the time I got home. The bike was getting kicked around a lot on the highway and it almost felt like I just didn't have control over the bike's behavior. Couple that with the 5500-6k RPM on the highway and overall, the bike just felt "frantic." I messaged Kyle the next day to say how much of a bummer it was. The whole trio of changes took 2 hours last night; $415 in parts. I took it out today and did about 70 miles total, and, my goodness - it's like a different bike! I'm "only" 181lbs, but add in some racks and gear and I'm like 25% over the weight that this bike was designed for. However, riding today the bike felt like it gained magnets on the bottom; the heavier spring feels like it's literally pushing the back wheel into the pavement. It reminds me of the planted feeling that the Super Tenere gives me. The re-gearing of going from 15T to 16T was also a great improvement in it's road manners. 1st gear becomes usable and I'm up to 25-30mph before I hit 5k RPM's. The front sprocket change took all of 10 minutes and would be something easy to swap for a heavy dirt day or the WABDR next summer. If you find yourself feeling challenged with the tarmac-prowess of the T7, these additions will pay great dividends. Further, the beefed up suspension will make your off-road experience spectacular. The quickness, lighter weight, gearing and suspension makes this thing now feel like a dirt version of an FZ1 I used to have. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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