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I was unable to ride my new leftover 2011 B650 before purchasing... didn't take long to determine that this was the harshes riding motorcycle that I have had in 40 some years of riding... I was going to have to do something or dump it.. I was cringing at every bump.. looked at the forum and found everything I needed to make it ride better..

Front.. Racetech Emulators.. after some trial and errors I ended up with stock springs and spacer( uncut). Emulator 64lb spring 1/2 turn. Damper 4 holes enlarged to 3/8".. 15wt Maxima fork oil at 5.5"... what a difference this made.. I can feel the forks working but now none of the shock gets to the handlebar and into my arms...

Rear.. Modified a set of Honda air shocks that I found on eBay.. running with no air.. tried air on the inital install and found it better without...had a seal leaking and after replacing the seals I removed the air lines.. lots better that stock..

About $260 total and a lot of old man time...having to do everything twice... :)

Thanks again for all the post on suspensions.. read them all numerous times while doing this...

Hamie
 

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Front.. Racetech Emulators.. after some trial and errors I ended up with stock springs and spacer( uncut). Emulator 64lb spring 1/2 turn. Damper 4 holes enlarged to 3/8".. 15wt Maxima fork oil at 5.5"... what a difference this made.. I can feel the forks working but now none of the shock gets to the handlebar and into my arms...


Hamie:

Re: Race Tech emulators, I was just curious - did you order FEGV S3801 or FEGV 3801? Race Tech website points me (09’ K9 650) toward the FEGV S3801. That makes sense - since Race Tech says “S” is designated for ‘Street” setup. But in 2008, an in-depth post was made on BurgmanUSA about the emulators and the poster explicitly said to get the FEGV 3801?

Lastly, did you find that you needed air tools for this installation? A couple of people on BurgmanUSA have stated it was necessary due to bottom bolt being on too tight (where you drain oil from dampers). I can not take this jarring ride anymore!

Thanks in advance,
Frank (a.k.a. claymore)
 

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Lastly, did you find that you needed air tools for this installation? A couple of people on BurgmanUSA have stated it was necessary due to bottom bolt being on too tight (where you drain oil from dampers).
It wasn't because of tightness, it was because they used blue locktite on the threads in my case.
 

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MJR:Thanks...I do recall you stating that now.

Hamie: I found one of answers just now on the BurgmanUSA Knowledge Base. Many good posts and info regarding this modification! Kiwi Dave stated in that post:
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Emulators are basically the same for all bikes apart from a small poppet spring.
The part number FEGV3801 I gave them will fit our front forks BUT are for a dirt bike, with 101lb poppet spring. Excellent for rattling out your fillings! The correct part number is FEGVS3801 (The S being for Road Bikes with a 40lb poppet spring).
that clears that one up!
 

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Front.. Racetech Emulators.. after some trial and errors I ended up with stock springs and spacer( uncut). Emulator 64lb spring 1/2 turn. Damper 4 holes enlarged to 3/8".. 15wt Maxima fork oil at 5.5"... what a difference this made.. I can feel the forks working but now none of the shock gets to the handlebar and into my arms...


Hamie:

Re: Race Tech emulators, I was just curious - did you order FEGV S3801 or FEGV 3801? Race Tech website points me (09’ K9 650) toward the FEGV S3801. That makes sense - since Race Tech says “S” is designated for ‘Street” setup. But in 2008, an in-depth post was made on BurgmanUSA about the emulators and the poster explicitly said to get the FEGV 3801?

Lastly, did you find that you needed air tools for this installation? A couple of people on BurgmanUSA have stated it was necessary due to bottom bolt being on too tight (where you drain oil from dampers). I can not take this jarring ride anymore!

Thanks in advance,
Frank (a.k.a. claymore)

Yes..I used the FEGV S3801 and used an electric impact wrench.... started another time and couldn't get the screw out so just changed to 15wt oil and that didn't work so looked on the forum and found that they were using impact wrenches.... and got it done this time...

Still have a firm ride but not harsh like it was before.... the next time I change oil I might try 10wt oil to see if it will soften up a little more....

Hamie
 
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