One the previous twin bike, I had done the Racetech Emulators and heavier springs. While it did fix some aspects of the front end diving, it certainly came with a bag of headaches too. For one, it had a propensity to ride much like an unloaded dumptruck over square-type compressions. So, when I got this second twin bike in 2015, I had no decent front end options but yet the rear 'spench sported an Ohlins upgrade.
My top candidate was Emig Racing had proposed a rather elaborate plan to graft DR forks, machining a new top clamp, new axle and on and on. The plan was both crazy (!) expensive and I wasn't confident that it would put me where I wanted to be. And so the years marched by.
Now the savior to this story comes from two unlikely heroes. The first was the Kawasaki 300. Yes, a little 300cc Asian bike that happens to be a fan favorite on the race track. As the boys (and girls) race the dog snot out them, a sustainable user base is born. You see the Kawa 300 apparently shares our whacky Marzocchi 41mm front forks.
"MISANO" FORK CARTRIDGE KIT
The complete cartridge with hydraulic adjustment and spring preload for original fork (OEM), developed by the Andreani Group, is equipped with a sophisticated hydraulic system that ensures the adjustment in compression, extension and preload of the spring, with adjustments placed directly on the upper cap of the cartridge in order to guarantee easy access to the set-up.
A made in Italy cartridge
Andreani Group has developed the famous Misano cartridge, appreciated all over the world for its exceptional quality-price ratio. Inside it is formed by a 20mm piston which guarantees a better functioning of the hydraulics. Mounting this kit by Andreani, the improvement at the front end can be seen from the very first laps. Braking is more stable and modular and even the precision and stability in the corners are significantly improved.
Comfort and safety are the key words. Andreani offers the possibility to choose the springs for the Misano cartridge according to the rider's weight and according to the use or the driving style, to have maximum personalization. This guarantees an excellent feeling with the front and the comfort appears decidedly superior.
Having a firm front and more stable at the entrance and during cornering, it also increases the driving safety and it is possible to have much more precise trajectories, making more use of the grip between the asphalt and the front tire, obtaining a safe, stable and fast motion .
Ohlins oil for fork cartridges is required for assembly
- 20mm diameter pistons with increased oil passages
- Adjustable in compression, extension and spring preload
- Improves stability, control and driving precision
- Possibility to choose the calibration of the springs based on the weight and style of the rider
- Settings and adjustments positioned on the upper cap of the cartridge
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.