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Report: Second ride on my re-worked suspension from Konflict Motorsports.
I recently had Alex do a full service and re-spring the forks on the KTM. I asked him to remove the "3rd Bushing", which is a common thing to do on the 2004. I was being a cheap bastard, and waved off his suggestions to do valve work. He said my oil was the worst he'd seen, and there was scoring on the bore, which he polished out. My bad!! I guess 4 years is too long!
I did the Black Bear Enduro in Tahuya in June. The forks were much improved in the fast stuff, but they were really jarring me, in the slower roots and rocks. After 50+ miles I was significantly more fatigued than usual.
Alex, (like a doctor making house calls) called me on my way home, to see how the suspension was. We talked and discussed options. For a VERY reasonable fee, he offered to pick up the forks again, and work his magic on the valves. I had a vacation coming up, and told him he had lots of time.
Well Saturday I did a 115 mile DS ride from Enumclaw, to Lk Cle Elum, which had everything from high speeds on Hwy 410, to gravel on FS70, roots and rocks, and tight switch backs going over Windy Ridge. The forks are stellar! I can't think of a better feeling bike, well maybe Gabriele's 570, that Alex worked on, but that thing has a little more mass than my 200. ;-)
Only problem is, it really highlighted how sacked out the rear is.
Another plug for Konflict Motorsports
As I stated in the previous page, Alex re-valved my forks and the results were stellar. But.. it served to highlight how bad the rear shock was.
Well I finally took to time to have Alex work his magic on the shock. I got it back last week in time for the Hareport Hare Scramble down near Bremerton.
When I first put the shock on, I noticed it was more compliant (just pushing on the seat). Unfortunately I didn't have time to set sag, but plan to before the Cowbell ISDE this Sunday. Since I had zero time to test ride or practice before the start of the race. I ran it just the way Alex had it set, and I was very happy. Unfortunately my tire pressures were too high, and was fighting for traction, pushing the front a little and spinning the rear.I could carry more speed through whoops and braking bumps, because the first part of the stroke was soaking things up, and was not sacking all the way like before. End result was that the suspension is compliant over small stuff, but gets progressively stiffer for hard / fast hits, and the rebound is much more controlled.
I am very happy with my new setup!
KTM 990 Adventure