Posts made in August, 2014

MotoQuest Alaska

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Photography | Comments Off on MotoQuest Alaska

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.

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By Way Of Bike

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Product, Testimonials | Comments Off on By Way Of Bike

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…

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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.

–Blake

 

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