We started suspension testing the 700 in October of 2019 with Ride Adv. We have drawn come conclusions and setups for different applications. One of the great aspects of testing with Greg Yager's ride Adv crew is the diversity of testers in weight, ability, speed and feel. Feedback from a variety of riders has been used to determine suitability of the settings. This has lead to a lot of back and forth work on and off the shock dyno and some broken parts that you will only find after pounding components into submission! So, how did all this pan out?
The stock bike is great out of the box compared to any Japanese adventure bike before it. In stock trim we find the best settings are 8 clicks out on both fork rebound and compression. Shock comp on 10 clicks out (or anywhere you like, its not a very effective adjuster) and 3-5 clicks out from full hard on rear rebound. As the stock 6.9N/mm rear spring is light for most Aussies, between half and full preload on the adjuster gets the best out of the stock shock. If you are over 85 kg or carry gear, a heavier rear spring is a simple move and well worth it.
We get a lot of calls about the T7 suspension. It's interesting as many callers have very different complaints about it. We get "the front forks are too harsh" then "the front forks are too harsh, then just bottom out" and "the forks just bottom out everywhere!" Less precise comments on the shock. We even bought our own T7 so we had more sets of suspension to test and a bike to ride. Serious? Yes we are.
The T7 gets a KYB 43mm USD fork, very similar in construction to the XTZ1200, but with more travel, 210mm. Stock springs were 0.57kg/mm in the first bikes we tested, subsequent forks have increased to 0.60kg/mm. We have springs in 0.60 and 0.65kg/mm.
What's wrong with the stock fork? For those of you who love it stock, nothing. However, some riders feel the fork is a little harsh on small bumps yet bottoms too easily, and these are the areas we have been working on. We always intended to make our own piston kits for this fork but Covid-19 and a total business premises overhaul saw us short on time, so we went another way that’s been very educational. We quickly became aware there were many people wanting to know how the aftermarket cartridges performed in the T7. We did what no-one else did, we bought them all, ran them on the shock dyno then handed them over to the RideAdv wrecking crew to try and destroy. We will also add we are not sharing dyno graphs as we have done in the past, the R&D work we do is ours and while we like to publish it we have become aware it's helped a few competitors and suspension manufacturers in ways we didn't envisage.
We are offering a Kashima coating on the upper fork tubes for low friction. Once we have a few sets of tubes in an exchange rotation there will be no waiting.
Yamaha 2020+ Tenere 700(SKU: 110754309101)
Fork Kayaba 43 (SKU: 125Y01)
Yamaha 2020+ Tenere 700(SKU: 160174301001)
38.6mm od x 420mm free length(SKU: 19-106)
Fork Kayaba 43 (SKU: 105Y39)
38.6mm od x 468mm free length(SKU: 19-108)
Get on Trac(SKU: 35YA19-D5314-TR)
What's wrong with the stock shock? For a stock adventure bike shock, it's very good. The spring is on the light side for most Aussies and is ideally suited to 75-80kg with no gear. We are currently producing shock springs in 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5kg/mm. Most riders will use an 8.0 or 8.5. The stock shock is a 40mm KYB unit with a compact preload adjuster. It has compression and rebound adjustment.
56mm id x 242mm free length(SKU: 20-039)
Get on Trac(SKU: 46YA19-R2313-TR)
Get on Trac(SKU: 46YA19-R2314-TR)
Get on Trac(SKU: 46YA19-T5514-TR)
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