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I donīt do track days, just multi surface roads, like dual sport riders. I installed a pair of the Ricor Intiminators that I had purchased direct from Ricor just this week. Since they do not have a specific product for the MT-03 (R3) I measured the inside diameter of my fork tubes to make sure we had a good fit. They included two additional pairs of over sized sealing rings since the diameter of my fork tubes was slightly more than their 41mm Kayaba design. I went with Ricorīs advice to keep the OEM .66 kgf/mm springs in but I changed those out today to the Racetech .80 and I prefer that setup for my weight. Dive is significantly reduced at all speeds with both the OEM springs and the Racetech. On cobblestones, the ride feels somewhat harsh same as OEM, but not a problem. At speed, the bike is well planted and tracks true. Of course once you "fix" the front suspension, you will notice how crappy the rear suspension is. I think it is best to do both the front and rear, or you will not get the full benefit of the modified front suspension. I installed a Hyperpro progressive 460 shock today and it is a good match with the new fork setup. If you are a track rider and have the coin, then cartridges would be a better option, because of ease of tune. Most of it depends on how you are going to use your bike.
Whatever you choose, remember that suspensions work best in a narrow range. If a suspension shop promises you that they will transform your bike across all road surfaces at all speeds, then hold on to your wallet. There are always some compromises with tuning a suspension.
+100 on this. Great info.
I do mostly street riding, but I am going to a track day in September to see how I like the track. My main concern is that the front seems to dive really quick on initial front braking, especially if it's anything more than feathering in the brake.
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