Super Tenere suspension upgrade?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Mojoman, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Mojoman

    Mojoman Adventurer

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    Hey folks,
    I was thinking about upgrading my 15 non-ES Tenere suspension. Any thoughts? I'd like to start with the fork springs. Can I do that without changing the rear shock, or should I do them at the same time? Any advice/pictures would be appreciated.
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  2. DavidR8

    DavidR8 Wanna-be ADV rider

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    I was looking at an S10 and wanted to upgrade its suspension.
    I contacted Ted Porter at The Beemer Shop who was very helpful.
    (I searched for his email but can’t find it)


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  3. Traveller128

    Traveller128 Been here awhile

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    Since they're somewhat closer to you, talk to Cogent Dynamics. They've got several options and know the Super 10. They're up in NC.
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  4. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand Ventura Highway

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    Race Tech is another source for non-ES Super Tenere suspension bits. They don't have anything on their website for the ES model though and the springs are different to the standard model.
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  5. worncog

    worncog YBNormal

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    Give Terry a call at Norwest Suspension: http://norwestsuspension.com/about-us

    Very knowledgeable and can convert the stock shock to a rebuildable unit, as well as work your forks if desired. I'm very happy with the work he has done for me.
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  6. DavidR8

    DavidR8 Wanna-be ADV rider

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    Look at how the S10 peeps pour forth their knowledge!


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  7. fpalbrecht

    fpalbrecht Adventurer

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    I went here. Very happy with the service and end result. Springs and valves up front and new Penske shock in the rear. http://www.tracksidesuspension.com

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  8. Mojoman

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    Thanks for all the advice. I need something I can install myself. I'm moving to Greece for a few years, and need a bit of an upgrade. Some of the roads aren't as improved as those back home.
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  9. steve68steve

    steve68steve Long timer

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    If you are looking to improve the forks on a budget, you can just buy springs and install them yourself.

    Sonic Springs is a source I've used for several bikes. Assuming you have the time, tools, and patience, you can do it yourself in a day.

    Changing to the proper rate springs for your weight (and doing nothing else) will make a huge difference. On every bike I've owned, I've started with springs, and resolved to look into re-valving if I still felt a need for more performance up front. I've put springs in every bike I've owned, and valves in none.

    DISCLAIMER: I don't race or jump my S10.

    The hardest part about swapping springs is that you will need to compress the old spring to remove the hardware which retains it. You can buy/ rent/ borrow a fork spring compressor, build one, or come up with some dodgy way to DIY like I did.

    EDIT: I think the Sonic Springs are around $85 for the pair.
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  10. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    Recent suspension upgrader here...and very satisfied with the Cogent shock and fork revalve. Todd suggested not to rebuild the stock shock as their replacement is a better piece of kit. Not sure if he's right but if it lasts like the stocker, I'll be happy. Ride is plush and controlled, exactly like I wanted. Very quick turn around time and at a reasonable cost.
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  11. Stomp347

    Stomp347 I'll do anything fun

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    I ended up buying springs for mine, but REP who does most of the suspension in CT/Mass won't do street bike forks. I plan on trying the kid at Manchester Honda. Anyone have any other options for me?
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  12. THE TENERENATOR

    THE TENERENATOR Been here awhile

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    Terry did my shock as well, put a stronger spring on it and put a port in it to make it serviceable. He's from CA and used to work at Race Tech. I was on a multi day trip going through Athol, ID (where he's located) and he set my bike up. He actually backed off the preload in the front to more balance the bike F/R.
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  13. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I did fork springs and valves from Stoltec Moto and a Touratech Explorer shock from Ted's Beemer Shop. Very happy with the final results. One of the best suspended bikes I've ever owned.

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  14. Chillis

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    Anybody else get suspension remorked?

    Looks like there is an ohlins internal kit for forks and of course their shocks.
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  15. Traveller128

    Traveller128 Been here awhile

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    In my opinion, you don't need the Ohlins unless you want the name. The stock fork is actually a pretty decent KYB but the valving is more street bike oriented with small ports in the compression valve. It's harsh on square edge or larger hits as a result, as there isn't enough flow through the valve to let the valve stack do the work. It's only a 20mm valve, so needs larger ports. Terry at Norwest did a great job on ours and the cost was really decent. Changing the compression valve to a gold valve, then doing a full revalve on compression and rebound for riding style makes all the difference. Spring it for your weight and riding style. We were under $800 for all the work including springs front and rear, valving and converting the rear shock to a serviceable design. The suspension is firm (sprung it for 2 people) but very compliant. Any larger hits just get soaked up, doesn't upset the bike. Don't feel any harshness. Will ride it this year and see what we think after a few thousand miles, but so far we both love it.

    Plus, when I'm single up on it, it's firm and handles like a super bike. Think with an Arrow header and a reflash, it will be better than a ZRX Kawi or GS Suzuki in that department. Really like the way ours goes down the road, even with knobbier tires on it.
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  16. Thrasherg

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    And what about us poor buggers with ES model tenere's? What fork or shock options do we have?

    Gary
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  17. Chillis

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    On a 500 mile ride yesterday I worked on suspension settings and it was really bothersome that there were aspects of it that just cannot be dialed out.
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  18. zxrider11

    zxrider11 Been here awhile

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    Had my front forks serviced at 30,000 miles.

    New fluid, Racetech gold valves - compression & rebound, and new fork seals.

    Labor & parts all came to $500.

    Much smoother street ride, much improved off-road soaking up bumps and maintaining direction.
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  19. matbaugh

    matbaugh Been here awhile

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    Terry did my rear shock as well; great guy. Let me camp in his yard and finished my rear shock before I even woke up!
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