Honda made a great bike in so many ways but I found the suspension was its worst quality. I had spent considerable time and money on fixing the problems and it totally transformed the bike. With the suspension changes it tracked perfectly through fast bumpy corners at high speed. The front end was much more stable and there was much reduced brake dive. Before making the changes I had considered getting a steering damper to control the front end wiggles but there was no need since the wheels seemed glued to the road. The new rear end easily absorbed both large and small bumps and there was no need to ride the footrests on rough stretches of road. The front and rear ends seem well balanced and another benefit was greatly increased comfort. It would be perfect for track use and gave an increased feeling of confidence.
I am changing to a Yamaha FJ-09 and I removed the upgraded components from the CBR. I would prefer to sell the suspension package complete but if nobody is interested I would split the parts. I have listed my price in Canadian dollars for all the items .
(shipping from Ontario Canada will be extra). If you have any questions please email me at [email protected]
. I am certain that the components are in good condition but I will refund the cost for returned defects.
SHOWA REAR SHOCK from a Honda CBR600F4 with remote canister (Rebuilt Aug 2015). The shock was reconditioned re-valved and a new spring added by Jamie Daugherty of DRM Motorsports (DMr Performance Suspension
). This is a top level shock with separate controls for compression damping, rebound damping and preload. The remote canister design means that it will fit the CBR500R equipped with ABS. The spring rate is the same (600lbs/inch) as the stock one on the CBR and is suitable for riders in the 150 to 180 lb weight range. The spring is easily changed for higher rider weights. I had two tries to get the configuration right and I had a longer canister hose added so I could get a perfect mount for the canister on the right side of the bike next to the rear brake fluid reservoir (see photo). A special bracket for canister attachment is included. Canadian $ 290.00
FORK SPRINGS & EMULATORS
A set of single rate FORK SPRINGS with a rate of 0.80 kg/mm plus spacers (Nov 2015). The spacers are sized for the regular fork caps. I am also including preload adjuster caps to fine tune the correct sag. Stiffer fork springs might be needed to accommodate a rider weight of more than 180lbs (springs are easily changed and cost about $80).
A pair of CARTRIDGE EMULATORS to completely alter the damping characteristics similar to a cartridge fork. The emulators are adjustable but were perfect as supplied. Adding emulators requires some modification of the fork damper tubes (Instructions supplied). For a full explanation of the role of emulators see this - Emulators-How They Work
Fork package (Springs & Emulators) Canadian $ 145.00