Picked up the bike today from getting a full suspension overhaul, which was done by Greg at ASR. Let me start by saying that after a LOT of messing around with the settings on the stock forks and rear shock, that I had finally settled on something that was working quite well. Overall, I was fairly happy with it. The front end was performing very well for the rather aggressive riding that I do, and the rear which had given me the most grief was working functionally and doing a decent job, but any serious undulations were unsettling it. On rougher roads, the stock steering damper seemed to be struggling to keep things under control, and I was mega-paranoid about the stock steering damper bolts coming loose and potentially locking the steering head. Okay, so what went into the bike? Wilbers 643 QS rear shock Wilbers fork springs 9.5kg linear rate (stock items were measured at 8.9kg) Wilbers 5W fork oil Andreani fork valves Wilbers (HyperPro) Steering Damper I'll post some pictures later. Bike needs a wash after yesterday's ride. All the bugs were out in force. I was cleaning the visor every 30 minutes. I'm digressing though. So how is the bike handling I hear you ask? Absolutely freaking amazing is the answer. The stock suspension was decent, but unless you experience it for yourself, it's really hard to appreciate just how much better it can get. "Tracking like on rails" is a phrase that gets bandied about too freely IMO, so instead I'll focus on the discernible differences between stock and modified for fast road riding. Hitting a series of rippling bumps mid-corner would have the stock suspension getting skittish. It'll handle it, but you need to slow down as the bike will want to run wider. Backing off the compression and/or rebound to deal with it just makes the bike want to wallow at speed, so you can't do that. With the new fork valving, the suspension is immensely more supple, and yet firm, at the same time. Hitting the same series of bumps (yes - I rode over a particular problematic corner I was using for reference here) and you can feel the suspension working hard over the bumps, but the bike just stays tracking true. It didn't move an inch off my chosen line, and the feedback was far less jarring through the bars. I could stay on the throttle and know that the bike was going to go where I wanted it to. Hitting harsh bumps (yes - had a few reference corners here, plus an entire section of bumpy road) and rather than caning the gonads, you can hear the wheels go thuck-thuck over the bump, definitely feel it working, but the bike remained completely composed, settled and controlled. As for the rear shock, I can't sing its praises well enough. It works so perfectly at turning bumps into smoothly tracked road while keeping the bike under control, it's just sublime. I still need to dial it in a touch from the settings I picked it up with. It feels like the rebound is 1 click too high with the rear struggling for traction over undulations at full throttle and a faint tendency to run a little wide under power out of corners. The high/low speed compression damping is spot on though, and kept the bike firmly under control across some terrible quality roads. On the smoother roads, the difference is not as vast. The bike definitely feels more settled. It's like having all the benefits of a softer stock suspension setting with a plush ride, and all the benefits of a stiffer suspension setting with a firmly controlled ride, but all together at once. Where the difference on smoother roads comes in is that it all feels like a lot less work. I was throwing the bike into corners and just feeling like it was easy, rather than wrestling with the bike in ways that I had learned to accept. Over a particularly nasty undulation into a corner entry, the stock suspension would tie itself in knots, despite being set firm, and start pogoing and weaving, whereas with the new setup it just tracked true, gave a slight wiggle, and promptly settled in time to tip it into the corner. Sorry for the long winded post. I'm just trying to emphasise what the differences are, and how they're perceived to the rider, and where the benefits lie. You could be perfectly happy with the stock suspension once you get it setup well and never want for more, and that's fine. There is, however, quite a deal more than can be done to really take it to the next sublime level of near perfection.