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V85TT Suspension Thread

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by GT-Rx®, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. GT-Rx®

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    First started to announce Matris’ offerings below, figured it would be best to rename the thread to cover all.

    Stock bike info:
    Front and rear wheel travel: 170mm
    Target sag on both: 56.66mm

    All measurements with me @~180 lbs aboard.

    Stock forks (non-adjustable preload): 48mm

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    Stock Rear Shock (as delivered): 57mm!

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    Stock shock weight: 9.8 lbs.
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    Matris F20 Fork Kit: Coming soon!

    Matris R Dark Shock (-4 turns preload): 56mm
    Other settings coming soon.
    Shock weight: 4.6 lbs

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    Matris has released their list below for the V85TT:

    KD+ID; https://gtmotocycles.com/products/matris-mono-ke-id-v85tt
    R Mono; https://gtmotocycles.com/products/matris-r-mono-v85tt
    F20S Fork Kit; https://gtmotocycles.com/products/matris-v85tt-f20s-cartridge-fork-kit

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    tonUPRacer Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    well that didn't take long. are they providing junk suspension on this rig too?
     
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    If the factory offers an upgrade (Ohlins shock), you can bet it's mediocre at best. Always a price-point saver for OEMs to skimp as they know people who care will spend the money to upgrade. My expectations are very low for the stock suspension.
     
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    Faisal Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Most reviewers and motorcycle magazines didn't have any complains about the suspension in general. Since it is adjustable, I think it's just a matter of tweeking it to your liking. My V85 rides just fine from the factory. In fact, the suspension is wonderful, especially the rear. I need to play with the front suspension a bit and get it to soften up, but the stock suspension is absolutely adequate and extremely comfortable.
     
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    Poppe Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Does this add any travel to the bike, or will that not really be possible?
     
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    Travel, no. You can raise ride height with the shock, but it would take a custom made shock and forks to extend travel equally on both ends. I suspect for whatever most will use it for, as a dirt-bike it is NOT, it is adequate. I’ve ridden sport-bikes for hundreds of miles on unpaved roads with little issues, even my California on an off-road Guzzi ADV bike gathering. Depends on the rider. ;)
     
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    Faisal Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Todd,

    Now that you have ridden it, is the suspension good (after adjustments if needed), or do you still think new cartridges / shocks are necessary?
     
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    Added the Matris R shock yesterday, but haven’t ridden it yet. I changed the name of this post to cover all suspension mods. I’ll be doing the fork cartridge kit install soon and will update above as well.

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    Faisal Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    So you believe the stock suspension needs upgrading?
     
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    Absolutely. Even Guzzi is offering the Ohlins unit. Almost every production bike on the planet can be massively improved. Suspension is usually one of the places that the accountants can retain $.
     
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