Re: Upgrade Q's - 954 - What now?
Thanks for the info so far guys. As for a few answers.
I'm not looking to "Bling" my bike, if I get wheels I would like to enjoy the look of them but I would never buy a set just for looks.
I'm not looking for increased acceleration from the wheels either, I don't know how that one got started. Its all about handling, I just don't know how much of a difference they make. I'm not looking for, he said she said. I'm looking for first hand or close to it. When I said performance, I meant going faster with less effort. I don't know about you, but at 90-100mph this thing is physically demanding to turn, I was thinking that light wheels might signifigantly help, maybe in cornering.
And no... I said in my original post that I don't really think I need more power. I'm like you, I don't think I could use any more even if I had it. I just thought I'd put it out there in case someone had an argument for me needing it for whatever reason I wasn't thinking of.
I've got the lower gearing already, but it was a nice suggestion, I like it a lot. Who needs to go 180 anyway?
It sounds like everyone here thinks that suspension should come first... So I guess my wheel idea is out... What do I look for in a good motorcycle suspension? How do you know how stiff or soft to make it, keeping in mind that the roads aren't awesome around here and I want to be able to keep riding it spirited-ly every day.
List of mods already done just for reference...
Goodridge Brake lines
Galfer front Brake pads
Exhaust valve disabled
Intake flapper removed
-1T Front +2T Aluminum rear
As far as wheels go, I found info and compiled this little table like some motorcycle magazine did before. I was simply looking at the MOI's and figuring that it would require That ratio less effort to turn the bike with whatever wheel you choose, thats what the math says. I don't know how much it matters in real life practice, maybe it doesn't help you that much.
F/R Static Weight - F/R Inertia
Blackstone Tek (BST) 5.5 10.38 217 304
Marchesini Forged Magnesium 6.54 11.12 276 373
Marvic Penta Cast Magnesium 7.46 12.16 327 437
New Marchesini Alum 7.6 10 311.6 359
Marchesini Forged Aluminum 8.82 13.8 362 496
PVM Forged Mag Y10 5.05 7.98 217 291
PVM Forged Aluminum Y5 7.96 13.44 346 489
Performance Machine Forged Aluminum 9.14 13.16 380 498
Dymag Custom Carbon 7.3 12.38 301 406
Suzuki Stock Cast Aluminum 10.28 16.8 480 880
Thanks for all the input so far, going awesome!
Last edited by buzz1167; 10-06-2008 at 7:57 PM.
Reason: Adding table