Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Central Kentucky
Traxxion Dynamics Suspension Rebuild
Had my suspension rebuilt by Traxxion last week and finally had the opportunity to take the bike for a ride on some of my favorite local roads.
I looked at doing the AK-20s and a Penske verses just doing a rebuild with new springs and valves. The rebuild was half the price and sounded like it would get me what I want so that is what I decided to do. I discussed what I wanted and how I use the bike with their suspension tech and left the bike in his hands. They rebuilt the front forks with new 1.0 Omni springs and new Axxion valves. The rear shock was rebuilt with a Hyperco 7x550 and new Axxion valves. There were other new bits, (seals, buffer kit, nitrogen port etc) and they polished the forks but rather than go into too many details here is my first ride impression.
For what it is worth, I am 6'1" and 182 pounds in shorts and a tee shirt. Running Dunlop Roadsmart 2 tires with 33 / 37 for tire pressures.
The ride is definitely firm but not to the point of being harsh. Bump absorption is a little better over pavement imperfections and expansion joints at bridges but not as much as I had hoped it would be. After checking my mirrors I grabbed the brakes a few times and was pleased that the front of the bike does not dive nearly as much under hard braking. Front end feels very stable under hard braking. When just riding the bike at legal speeds on unchallenging roads the bike feels little different other than more taut. Made it to my one of my favorite twisty roads and started off easy. Right away, the first thing I noticed is how much better the bike finishes the turns. Gassing it out of the corner the bike holds line and lean angle with much less effort and the rear end did not feel like it was moving around at all, even over bumpy turns. The bike really feels planted through the corner and the rear is much more stable. After a bit I picked up the pace a little to test the front end on corner entry. Improved feeling and confidence in the front end of the bike and goes where I want with ease. Started to push the pace to the point where the stock suspension would begin to reveal it's limitations and the bike just handled beautifully, with less effort. It seemed the more the pace increased, the more the new suspension paid off. Very confidence inspiring. Put some DOT race tires on it and it would be track day ready!!
I am definitely happy with the results and feel it was money well spent. However, my impression is that the biggest improvement may be the rear shock. For someone not wanting to spend a lot of money, just getting the rear shock done first and seeing if that gives you what you want before doing the forks might be a good idea. Getting the forks done was almost two thirds of the total cost, which was 1200 dollars with Traxxion taking the bike and doing all the work.
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