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I've noticed that every time I ride with a passenger for a long ride, the suspension seem to get loose and gives me that feeling of uncertainty.
I've been two times to the dealer, in order to tighten it up a bit.
Anyone dealing with?
Anyone considering some aftermarket suspension?
 

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Never rode with pillion so can't really comment, but the reviews say the suspension is a bit on the soft side... i'll be changing mine at some point...probably for Ohlins.
 

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There's quite a few options available as it's all the same as MT- 07. I'm considering changing the fork oil out on mine for 15wt to give it a bit more compression and rebound damping, apparently raising fork oil slightly helps firm the spring rate up a bit as well as it give less air space inside the fork. The rear is shock is sealed so not much can be done with that other than replacement. Upping the preload on rear shock and check tyres pressures before carrying pillion may help.
 

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I've noticed that every time I ride with a passenger for a long ride, the suspension seem to get loose and gives me that feeling of uncertainty.
I've been two times to the dealer, in order to tighten it up a bit.
Anyone dealing with?
Anyone considering some aftermarket suspension?
I changed mines for Matris fork and nitron rear shock.
 

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Coming back to this topic as I had a Sunday ride and the road I was riding had bumps and many turns. So I found myself struggling. Anyone here had some Ohlins on? My dealer gives me about 700 euros for front and back, installation included and I am considering the change.
I would appreciate your thoughts.
 

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Coming back to this topic as I had a Sunday ride and the road I was riding had bumps and many turns. So I found myself struggling. Anyone here had some Ohlins on? My dealer gives me about 700 euros for front and back, installation included and I am considering the change.
I would appreciate your thoughts.
700 euros???? is that cartridge+springs for the front and full shock for the rear? my dealers wants >1600€ for that set! even if it is just springs at the front it's still a good price.
 

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Springs and oil for the front and full for the back. Yes I think its a good price thats why I am considering.
 

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Öhlins is actually suppling three different options for the fork:

08425-90 Front fork springs 145eur
FSK108 Front fork springs & top cap 265eur
FSK204 22mm Cartridge Kit road & track 705eur

And one for the rear suspension:

YA419 Street performance line 595eur

These prices is straight from Öhlins without any discount. So 700eur for front springs (no cartridge) and back with the dealers discount seems OK.
 

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Finally I got two prices for the Ohlins kit, front oil and springs and back complete system. 790 from my dealer and 890 from an Ohlins dealer, installation included. I am positively thinking on changing them.
 

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Coming back to the post as I installed the back Ohlins suspension and waiting for the front springs.
Had a 300 kms (approx) ride this weekend. The route was the right one to test my new yellow friend. It is a route I have done many times in the past, so I knew every single turn and I had done it recently with my XSR. A part of about 50 kms of the ride, is a country road with many turns and bumps, so I put the rear shock in a good test. It performed flawlessly, after every bump I felt the motorcycle gripping to the road immediately, there wasn't that wavy feeling that you get with the stock one. Whenever there was a sequence of turns, I could follow through without feeling uncertain and without feeling that the back of the bike was woobly.
All in all the Ohlins is SOLID, I recommend it 100%.
Waiting for the front springs in order to have a complete opinion about the set.
 

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Coming back to the post as I installed the back Ohlins suspension and waiting for the front springs.
Had a 300 kms (approx) ride this weekend. The route was the right one to test my new yellow friend. It is a route I have done many times in the past, so I knew every single turn and I had done it recently with my XSR. A part of about 50 kms of the ride, is a country road with many turns and bumps, so I put the rear shock in a good test. It performed flawlessly, after every bump I felt the motorcycle gripping to the road immediately, there wasn't that wavy feeling that you get with the stock one. Whenever there was a sequence of turns, I could follow through without feeling uncertain and without feeling that the back of the bike was woobly.
All in all the Ohlins is SOLID, I recommend it 100%.
Waiting for the front springs in order to have a complete opinion about the set.
Happy to hear that.
I will consider upgrading mine, although sometimes is funny to ride the trampoline.
 

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...adding my impression with the Öhlins rear shock, it seems to be a little bit longer or the sag is less. After installation there was no ground contact during touristic onroad touring.

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Now that the Xsr has been out for many years now I thought I'd breath some life into this thread.

Went for an Ohlins rear, down-sprung a little as I'm a lightweight! I'll be fitting it this weekend and then going for a 3 day trip around Devon.
I'll update on how it rides...

I think the springs in the front are ok for my weight, but they have absolutely NO damping! The front end bounces up and down about 3 times when you test the rebound!

So my question, has anyone swapped out their fork oil for 15w for more damping? If so, what level did you fill to and how does it feel?
 

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I installed a YA419 Ohlins shock also, and could not get any sag because I am also a lightweight. Ohlins rep told me the stock spring (01092-41) is for a rider from 176 to 220 lbs. He recommended spring # 01091-39, which is for 132-176 lbs rider, which I have ordered.
According to shop manual, oil level for the front fork is 162 mm, based on the stock 10w.
 

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Hi all,

I'm also thinking of changing my suspension and unlike Jacson and Matt, I'm a bit of a heavyweight. I'm definitely changing the rear shock to a Hagon one, but has anyone tried progressive springs in the front? They've been ordered but I see no posts about it anywhere here.

Can anyone shed any light on those??

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I'm a rather rubenesque gentlemen who portrays himself in a stately manner, so suspension calibration is typically a must on most of my motorcycles. (5'10" 240lbs)



I opted for the Ohlins rear shock (YA419) sprung for my weight and the Ohlins drop in inserts (FKS204) with springs (08425-90) matched for my weight. After calling Ohlins' tech line in NC, I was advised that I should leave the rear shock on the factory setting and adjust the forks to compression 8 clicks out and rebound 10 clicks out. (one leg handles compression and the other rebound) In everyday, non-aggressive riding, the suspension compliance is slightly more taught but dampens much better. Especially over bridge joints, potholes, and bumps. That means the suspension doesn't offer the same level of movement, but does much better with the amount of movement it has....if that makes sense.



The forks call for usage of Ohlins' fork oil which is rated in a standard that doesn't comport with SAE. A second phone call revealed that any fork oil weight between 5 and 7 weight will work fine.



Riding aggressively is where they upgrades tend to shine. The bike deals much better with mid corner track changes and seems to offer a bit more front end feed back. While I liked the OEM Phantom tires for general goofing off, I find they have very little feedback when heeled over. I don't feel like they are going to let go. I just don't push them very hard because I know it was a tire designed with a vintage look in mind and not for performance. Still they offer pretty good performance. Keep in mind I've been riding sport style motorcycle tires since 1990 or so, so I remember the golden age of sticky street tires. (We have it so good now you don't even know!) back then, some "sport" tires were pretty sketchy unless you had them heated to certain temp and would overheat and become greasy at a point that almost seemed arbitrary. never-mind half of them were still bias ply! I have since fitted some Michelin Road 5s, and while that's an extended mileage tire, it offers considerably more feedback from the front. Seriously, most of the sport touring tires now are better than the best offerings then.



Do the rear shock/forks/springs get you $1400 worth of better handling? Nope. But it made me like a bike I really like a little bit more. I'm probably no faster on it in street riding than I was with the wallowy stock stuff. I just feel a little more in control. I'm one of the faster riders in my small group of riding buddies. It gives them an excuse to point of my Ohlins sticker and suggest that's why I leave them on technical back roads when they can't keep up with their MT10s and Speed Triples. :) Then we get out on the open highway and they even the score. Buncha jerks! I've only got 70hp here~
 
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