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Old 02-12-2013, 05:48 AM   #1
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Progressively wound vs. dual rate fork spriings?

Opinions, please: What's mo betta for city/street riding on a street bike?

(The dual rate springs I refer to are the ones from Works Performance.)
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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My opinion...

For short travel like most street bike, I like straight wound. For longer travel like dirt bikes, I like progressive springs.

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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It depends on how far down in the progressive spring you will sit. Most progressives are one size fits all, so if you are like me and weigh 300lbs, you will sit way down in the middle of the spring and have to jack up preload to fix sag but static will be a mess. If you weigh too little, the opposite.

If you fit the spring, progressive is great if you want a cush ride that doesn't bottom out so easy.
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It depends on how far down in the progressive spring you will sit. Most progressives are one size fits all, so if you are like me and weigh 300lbs, you will sit way down in the middle of the spring and have to jack up preload to fix sag but static will be a mess. If you weigh too little, the opposite.

If you fit the spring, progressive is great if you want a cush ride that doesn't bottom out so easy.

Agreed.

When I moved to straight rate Sonic springs on my GS850G (after using Progressives for many years), the first thing I noticed was much less dive during braking -- the spring rate was finally properly suited to my weight and pace (large and rapid, respectively). The front end is far more predictable in the twisties now -- less pogoing around.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:09 PM   #5
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More info: I weigh 165-170 lbs soaking wet and don't plan to carry more than 30 lbs on this bike so I don't think any spring is gonna be taxed by me.
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