Re: How good is the standard shock on an RR-8/9?
rear shock will handle the load better than the forks. honda puts pretty soft stuff in their bikes to accommodate about a 12 stone load. if it were me id first focus on getting the forks where they need to be before i went to the rear. thats just me tho. my suspension guy tells me the rear is designed a bit stiffer for the possibility of riding 2 up so you have a little more wiggle room when trying to set your sag. the front will probably not be in an ideal place unless you get some bigger springs or my guy put some bigger spacers to help as kind of a cheap fix to still get a good set-up without having to buy the springs.
the thing is tho that when you set-up a suspension its main focus is to level the bike out front to back so your rear set-up depends on your front set-up. so the rear can really only be as good as the front. they are linked together in that way. you should still be able to get a decent set-up on the stock suspension it just will be kinda soft compared to if you had the bigger springs. but still very street able. maybe not the best thing for the track cause youll blow thru your suspension in the high speed corners. street riding is really trying to find a balance between performance and comfort anyway so like i said you can achieve something decent for street with the stock suspension. of course it wont be like if it had expensive aftermarket fork internals n bigger springs and a rear to match. honda oem suspension isnt bad compared to other big 4 japanese bike manufacturers. its close to the best if not the best imo. oem suspension is designed to work well at mid lean angles where aftermarket is better at working well in a wider range of lean angle demands.
i guess it really just depends on what you need or want out of your bike depending on what kinda riding youll be doing and where. of course all that also depends on your skill level as well. youve got to have some skill to even worry about using all of your oem suspension's potential on the street if its well set up for your weight.
its not bad. its a hard q to answer without really knowing what your going to be doing with it. is it good? its pretty good right out of the box for even fast street riding as long as its set-up well. emphasis on set-up well. would you be faster if your a fairly skilled rider on the track with an upgrade? definitely.
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