Track Day Rider
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Caveat: I've never ridden a bike with full suspension on it...
When I picked up my Gen 5, I was pretty hesitant to upgrade the suspension - I figured I would eventually, but I knew plenty of people who went faster than me on the stock stuff, so I put it off (medical bills also prompted that decision).
This winter I decided to build the bike the way I wanted it, and got the Ohlins shock and a set of the GP cartridges (used off of Pascarella's bike) for the forks.
The last weekend of February was my first time riding the bike with the new suspension. While everything was sprung to begin with, I didn't even have sag set as I haven't seen my suspension guy.
Even without that, OMG, it was a completely different bike. HOLY CRAP. I will never look the other way again. I can't wait to get out on it again (please rain, go away next weekend) after I get some base line set up done. Suddenly the bike was doing everything I wanted it to do, and the only thing holding it back was the back of my mind still thinking it would act like it had before....which was not the case. At all.
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