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Old 12-06-2012, 05:29 AM   #4075
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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.
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