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Here's a summary of my response to a similar thread in the Tires/Suspension subforum:

I enjoy my '01 C10 a whole lot more now that I've done this:

- Race Tech 1.0 fork springs (straight rate) - $130
- Race Tech gold valve cartridge emulators - $170

I'm medium-aggressive, 260 lbs with gear, often ride heavily loaded with a Givi 52L trunk and full saddlebags.

To me, the tradeoffs are budget vs performance (riding style) vs shop time.  My parameters:  I'm not flush, but I'm not broke. I'm a medium rider, and although I do my own work generally, I'd rather be on the road than in the shop.  ;D

The Race Tech stuff I did is the middle ground between the cheapest/simplest option of replacing the springs/oil and the high-performance and involved option of replacing the entire front end.  Have to take the forks off to do it, but I also replaced the fork seals and added a fork oil drain plug at the same time.

So you went with the Race Tech springs instead of Sonic?  Your total weight and mine would be about the same.  I'm 225 on a good day but packed I could be 250 real easy.  I noticed that you went with the 1.0 spring which appears to be the heaviest.  Is that rate comparable to the Sonic 1.2 or is this apples to oranges?


My understanding is that a spring rate is a spring rate (kg/mm) so 1.0 is the same across manufacturers and can thus be compared.

Here was my decision process:

I went with Race Tech because they've been around forever and I've had good experiences with them.  I used this setup (Race Tech springs and emulators) on an EX500 track day bike (no racing) with good results.  This is nothing against Sonic, I just don't have any experience with them.  I remember around the time Rich Desmond and Sonic springs first started to get noticed because my first bike was a new '99 SV650 and he was racing one at the time, so his company has grown since then.

The 1.0 rate is the highest Race Tech makes for the C10.  I think this is just because by the time rates > 1.0 got popular, they essentially had stopped developing springs for the C10.  If you look at Sonic's choices for the C10, they start at 1.1, so they're clearly filling a market Race Tech doesn't and (fast) folks here clearly like them.

I was fine with 1.0 because I was not willing to optimize entirely in favor of performance over comfort.  I figured that was enough of an improvement over the stock springs which are 0.61  :-\

I was a little worried that greater than 1.0 spring rates on the C10 would result in too harsh a ride for me in all-day multi-day touring situations.  Even cartridge emulators only add better control over compression damping.  There's not much control over rebound damping - only changing the fork oil weight.  What would that mean to ride comfort?  I just didn't want to find out the hard way.  Note that Race Tech does make > 1.0 springs for the C14, which has real cartridge forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping.

I'm not a 95% rider, I'm more of an 80% rider.  1.0 fits me perfectly.  Plus, some day I may lose weight.  :D
I tried this here in Casper, and I couldn't get past the blank stares from the people who program the chips.

"You wanna do whaaaat?"

I've given up.
Accessories C14 / Re: Handlebars height and angle
« Last post by TJ on Yesterday at 11:30:24 pm »
I have AST pull back risers, and they are about perfect for me.
No question on increased mileage. I'm getting 4-7 better MPG depending on conditions  >:D
mainly the throttle hand, but that's just part of the equation. Steve's Classic gave me smoother throttle and improved performance WAY beyond just better MPG.  It's a much more fun bike to ride.
Enjoy your new flash!  ;)
Yep. When I bought my Ducati Multistarad 950 it became my favorite bike to ride. Then I got the flash and the tables have turned.
No question on increased mileage. I'm getting 4-7 better MPG depending on conditions  >:D
mainly the throttle hand, but that's just part of the equation. Steve's Classic gave me smoother throttle and improved performance WAY beyond just better MPG.  It's a much more fun bike to ride.
Enjoy your new flash!  ;)
Concours C10 / ZG1000 General Chat and Tech / Re: 1999zg1000
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Yesterday at 10:51:35 pm »
My problem is this 1&4 spark only 1time when starter button pushed and 2&3 no spark switched coils black and red wires to right coil and green and red to left coil hit starter and then 2&3 spark 1time. The spark drops out and will not spark again until ignition switch off and then back on. I can leave ignition on and turn kill sw off and back on and then I get the 1 spark. I have repair manual coming the 27 sept. I need to get spark before I do anything else. I am puttin manual petcock in.

Why do I only get 1 spark, it seems like something drops off with starter going.

I attempted to explain why, even tho I do not have the bike in front of me.

you really need to read what I wrote, as causes...and points of diagnostic repair...

I have no idea why you only get 1 spark... it does not make sense.

if you don't read it, you have wasted both of our time, best of luck on the petcock install, and when you get around to answering and addressing what I've already outlined, let us know.

the shotgun approach never fairs well. Focus on what was said.
Concours C10 / ZG1000 General Chat and Tech / Re: Close to panic
« Last post by Bud on Yesterday at 10:49:18 pm »
I follow Buds son's technique. Hit kill switch and leave in gear. Is there any problem using kill switch all the time? I find it easier than using the key switch.
You still have to turn the key, so why not just turn the key and leave the kill switch alone?  We went on a charity ride at the kentucky kickdown vintage bike rally in louisville a couple of weeks ago.  At one of the stops, I look over at my son's bike and the headlight is on and the bike was killed using the kill switch.  Forgot to turn the key off, which could have led to less than desirable situation.   I'm kinda opinionated in my old age! :-\ 
Rallies, Rides, and Events / Re: Aim Expo Vegas Baby
« Last post by ron203 on Yesterday at 10:47:47 pm »
Give me a couple of years... ;)

I am on my 3rd C14 My fist two never got better than 40 on the highway, often only 36 with mixed riding. 180,000 miles on those two. I bought a third C14 after my o8 wat totaled in a wreck and I blew the motor on my 09. The 2nd 08 initally was getting the same 34-40 mpg. I got Steves Flash and now it gets a steady 42 mpg in mixed riding and 45 with steady interstate droning. Before the flash the low fuel would come on at 190 miles and I would run out at 225. Now I can easily get 240 on a tank. These mpg I mention here are based on actual gas stop calculations, the dash readout is 2-3 mpg higher. Steves's flash will quickly pay for itself if you ride a lot.  :great:
Ride Reports, Roads, Routes, and Places / Re: GTR 1400 Meeting in Belgium
« Last post by Jorge on Yesterday at 10:10:56 pm »
Great gathering guys!
very nice collection of bike also.
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