The Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally was held this last weekend. Enjoyable weather, pretty bikes and wonderful people. We were setup next to the Lossa Engineering and the Gasser Lounge booth and with the Venice Vixens Dunk Tank within eyes view we had very little to complain about! We got some great photos of the event but the “Venice Paparazzi” was there too so here is their link to check out. Venice really does have all kinds, we think the pictures will explain.
For the past five years we have attended the Motoquest Industry Invitational Adventure Tour in Alaska. Motoquest rents bikes and offers “adventure moto tours” in Alaska and many other spots around the globe. A majority of the MotoQuest fleet is equipped with our suspension products like our 465 Series Shocks and Monotube Fork Cartridge Kits. This year we sent our Chief Engineer Troy H. on the trip. We like to take this time to test in the extremes of the Alaskan wilderness and improve our product. Here are some killer shots from the MotoQuest resident photographer Jim Kohl.Read More
Great blog by a high school teacher travelling the world on his ’08 KLR 650 equipped with Fork Springs and a 465 with RAP. LINK HERE…
It’s no secret that the factory suspension on the KLR650 is inadequate. It performs admirably with a single lightweight rider but add a passenger, load for a trip, or both (gulp), and it is apparent very quickly that an upgrade is required. Suspension travel essentially gets reduced to nothing, and the bike wallows over bumps. Kawasaki themselves released a suspension update for the 2014 model year to address this, according to CycleWorld, apparently increasing the front spring rate and rebound damping by 40 and 28% respectively. Similarly the rear spring is 63% stiffer and the damping sees an 80% increase. Otherwise the design remains the same.
After buttoning everything up I took the bike for a ride. First impressions show a significant improvement. The front end actually communicates what the road is doing and immediately it is apparent how numb the stock forks are, not to mention brake dive is significantly reduced. The improved 465 rear shock is actually designed to handle the increased weight of a loaded bike, and the remote adjustable preload makes adjustments quick and easy, with no tools required.
Watch as Biker’s Choice transform a stocker 2010 Police Electra Glide into a smokin’ hot black beauty using our Fork Monotube Cartridge Kit among some other great parts.Read More
This weekend catch us at the J&P Open House doing FREE Installs and showing off our newest product for 2014. Friday from 12 Noon – 7 pm, Saturday from 8am – 5pm, Sunday from 9 am – 5pm.
What started as a small customer appreciation event hosted by John & Jill Parham, has grown into a full-blown, free 3-day motorcycle rally attended by over 30,000 riders. Although the event has grown, the focus is still on providing a family friendly environment where you can enjoy world class entertainment, free food, and unprecedented access to everything for your ride! See ya there!
Had a great time in Chicago for Motoblot. A very unique crowd from our usual events but they loved the H-D wheelies! The lot was probably the roughest we have ever performed on mixed with some Sunday storms, but we hammered down and gave it our best. We must have done ok because they are eager to have us back again next year! Here are a few photos we captured and a few from Alex Hawn Photography!
Flying home for a few days to rest up before we return to MO for Biker’s on the Square Rally next weekend.
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The CX500 build is an ever evolving platform. I ride the bike daily around the city so it’s both out of necessity and desire. Considering it started as a budget build there wasn’t a lot of money thrown at the systems one might want to upgrade for improved performance – like suspension and braking. I’m slowly beginning to give attention to these areas on the bike when I’ve got time.
First up is that rear suspension. The shocks that used to be on there were far too stiff, and just plain shitty. I think they were Emgo units but I couldn’t verify because they had no markings on them. I got to talking with David Z. over at Progressive Suspension about a new set up for the rear.
On Progressive’s site they list the 412-4211C shock for a CX500 which is a 13″ shock with a 90/130 spring rate and a 3.89″ stroke.
I was looking for a 1″ drop in the rear so I ran through their catalog and picked out the 412-4049B/C models. They’re a 12.00″ length with a 3.01 stroke and 90/130 rate. Meaning the shocks are an inch shorter but have a .88″ shorter stroke and an identical spring rate. They come in Black and Chrome I believe. I’ve removed the dust covers from mine. So far I love them. The ride comfort is amazing yet still sporty. They’re allowing me to go for much longer rides without ass-fatigue.
I know there are a lot of other CX owners that follow the blog so just sharing the info.Read More