Well guys, my suspension is all done - the respring job that is.
To everyone who ever told me that spending money on suspension is or should be the FIRST coin set down on a new bike, I conced. You were right.
I bought straight-rate 1.1 fork springs and a 650 lb. Hypercoil shock spring and, with a good buddy's help yesterday, got everything installed in about two hours. This includes putting another 50psi nitrogen into the shock (it had bled off quite a bit over the winter) and setting the fork tubes up 5mm in the triple clamps to help quicken the steering and negate the higher dynamic ride height from the much stiffer front end.
I rode about 200 miles in the hills north of my home yesterday afternoon and I can honestly say I'm actually more confident and am riding more briskly with a greater margin of safety on this bike than I was on the same high speed sweepers and switchbacks which I rode last summer aboard my 954. The point isn't to suggest the FZ is a more capable sportbike than the 954 was. What I mean is, the difference in handling is like night
; had I done this work to the 954 (springs to match my 230 riding weight), who knows how much better yet I'd be riding.
No fork dive upon hard braking. No unsettling of the chassis with a mid-corner line correction. No hobby-horse effect when I apply throttle and rail a long, wide corner. No gushy rear end dive on hard acceleration, but instead a mild rise with the back tire digging in and the bike catapulting forward.
In short, I love it.
Again, thanks to those who pushed me in the right direction. There really IS life after exhaust.