Originally Posted by KEN PHENIX
Changing the rear shock angle slightly softened the ride a bit - a good thing. I have yet to test it two-up or fully loaded but there's still plenty of preload available for that. I may have actually picked up 1/2" of travel up front - even after backing way off on preload and rebound adjustments. I bought the bike largely for its lightweight feel and nimble manners - all still there. Fun meter still pegged.
If anything, the bike might get a tiny bit twitchy over 85mph which is a tradeoff I can live with. I'll play with the adjustments some more before my next road trip.
I am planning to build a dual sport with an old honda CB450 twin using CR 250 forks and a custom monoshock swingarm. I am a little worried about the geometry and how it will handle. I am glad to see your changes didn't affect handling too much. That makes me a little more confident.
2002 Honda XR650L, 2012 Suzuki Vstrom 650, 1974 Honda CB750K custom build hardtail bobber