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Hi Guys,

I've owned my 2014 MT-09 now for about 6 weeks, mods started before I even had the bike (suspension was ordered well in advance as I know how average the standard stuff was, I borrowed a demo and took it to some roads I know well...when pushing on I alternated between exhilaration and being terrified! so the suspension was the first mod)



So far I have the following mods done...

Matris 20mm Cartridge kit - sprung for my weight and valved for fast bumpy back road use



Wilbers 641 Rear Shock - again sprung and valved to suit - I also stumped up for hydraulic preload and adjustable ride height



2012 Yamaha R1 Radial Master Cylinder and res etc - Not that the standard was bad but this gives much better feel - used a Woodcraft reservoir mount and made a small bracket to mount the reservoir, also ordered a LH mirror to get the lower section in LH thread so I could use the master cylinder mirror mount of a 2014 Suzuki V Strom 650



Pazzo Levers - had a pair left over from my Fireblade - Ordered replacement perches from the aussie distributor (beats buying a new set @ $200)

Venhill braided brake lines - Front and Rear - Crossover line at the front like standard - finished in black with stainless fittings



Relocated Rear Master Cylinder reservoir



Ram mount replacement handlebar bolt kit to mount iPhone and a charging kit plugged into the factory acc connector

Genuine Flyscreen in light smoke - not liking the light smoke too much - might paint it black from inside

Tech Spec snake skin tank grips

Akrapovic Carbon - on back order...trying to wait patiently but it's hard!

So far I'm pretty happy with the bike...although I have to say it's a bit gutless after riding a Fireblade, maybe I need a turbo kit:angel11:

I did a 2000k plus trip over 4 days with a group of mates, this years route was last years in reverse and I have never spent so much time with the throttle on the stop, sweepers are definitely not this bikes forte...hopefully a flash and new exhaust will liberate some more ponies!

In the tight stuff is where this bike excels, 40 kph corners and below are it's happy hunting ground and the new suspension just makes it amazing. So much so that my rear tyre is on the tread wear indicator after just over 3000klms

Anyway enough rambling, pics of the bike below. I' happy to answer any questions about parts used in my build just let me know
 

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Very nicely done. Congrats on the bike and it looks really good.
 

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Awesome upgrades, top notch! Mind me asking how much the Wilber shock was and who you got it from? Are you in the US? PM me if you'd prefer that.
I'm in Melbourne, Australia the suspension components were purchased from Suspensions R Us who is the Australian distributor
 

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I'd like to know a bit more of your experience with the matris cartridges. How would you describe them over stock? do you think they soak up bumpy road surfaces well? did you install for yourself and if so please share some details regarding difficulty and tools required.

Thanks
 

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Hi Guys the Matris fork cartridges have been great so far, good compliance with great feedback. I do find I can't slow the rebound down quite as much as I would like but that can be changed by revising the shim stack when I get them serviced, speaking to my suspension guy he suggested slow rebound is great for very smooth racetrack use but for the bumpy back roads I ride faster rebound control allows the suspension to track road bumps better, so far so good!

I purchased the cartridges from a suspension specialist here in Melbourne, I removed the forks from the bike and sent them to him to have the carts fitted, unfortunately I can't tell you what's involved. To be honest I wanted a 1 stop purchase and install for peace if mind.
 

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I am still not buying my 09. Two times I was on test and yesterday I ride my friends 09. But only problem riding position not like a fz8 or suzuki gsr. Same as supermoto. I can not ride Comfortable. I think I have some problem with me :))
 

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When you get older and your wrists, elbows and knees start to ache, you'll look forward to the seating position of the FZ09.... until then, ride all the super sports you can! ;)
 

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The riding position isn't perfect but it's not too bad, some lower bars would help though
Indeed it does help. For me lowering the front 5mm also made the bike "feel" right. But truth be told it's just not the right bike for everyone.
 

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That suspension looks expensiveeeee lol


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A bit of an update, I fitted some lower bars (Easton EXP's) to the bike and it's made a massive difference, I'm not running bar ends at the moment but vibration doesn't seem to be an issue. The lower bars make the riding position a bit less "sit up and beg" and being a bit wider the bike turns in even better. I highly recommend some lower bars as a cheap but very effective mod, drilling the bars for the switchgear and throttle tube took a bit of time but overall an easy mod to do
 
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