It is funny how much your (well, my
) perceptions change as you become better informed.
When I posted this picture of the 2013 Multi top triple:
I took it that the distribution of damping and preload adjustments to different fork legs was essentially a convenience decision: that there was a performance price to be paid but it was so minor as to be outweighed by production savings and ease of use.
But then I get my Jan 2013 issue of UK magazine Bike
, and right up front on p 12 they have a report from dirt-enthusiast photographer Chippy Wood on Suzuki's latest 250 motocross racer, the '13 RM-Z250. The report tells us that unlike road bikes, these dirt racers still emerge year after year with a bunch of performance upgrades. And that among those:
"The front suspension is the latest Showa separate function front fork (SFF), which carries the damper in the left leg and the spring in the right."
So there you go: it is not just (cheap) Ducati.