I found the same thing. It turned out that for me it was hard to even set up the rear until the cartridges were installed. It was hard to tell where the harshness was coming from. A better rider would probably not have that problem. On 2 different bikes I've found the same thing. It also takes a week or 2 to get used to how good the bike actually becomes. Then you begin to feel like you've became a way better rider than before. I thought the whole process was was way cool. I rented a 2017 FZ09 for a weekend about 3 months after having been on my bike with new suspension and that's when I totally realized how much of an improvement it was.I'm not sure I qualify but I'll give you my .02.....
I didn't notice any huge difference when I switched out my stock rear shock for the k-tech razor-r I got here. It is certainly better, but not as much as I was lead to believe it would be. I'd say if you have to 'cut' budget somewhere then I'd buy the cheaper shock to afford better front components.
I have GP cartridges & springs waiting to be installed, so I can't really comment on cartridge changes as I've yet to experience that, my hope is that it is a much more significant difference than the rear shock.
You might also consider spending your money on training - improving your self is likely to have a bigger impact than better equipment unless you're already a very skilled rider. I hear really good things about the Yamaha champions riding school, and one of their classes will be my next spend.
I got a keeper myself. she bought me a Ducati Scrambler for Christmas in 2016. Then she was cool with it when I traded it in on a Yamaha XSR900 a year later. Now she's making the payments on my MT 10.Oh she's a keeper. She also reads the forum, so I'm pretty sure she's gonna see this. 😂
I bought a scale to weigh myself with gear on. I think the scale is broken and I want my money back.....those numbers can't be right.
I was your weight and have .88 springs. I use 4 turns of preload to get 43mm sag. You could go to .9 springs.Good to hear a positive review on the Andreanis, I'm waiting to hear back about what they recommend for street spring rate and if they're one model for all years. I've seen the bitubo and never looked into them, maybe something I should do.
I'd love to get a double clicker and I've missed out on a few over the past year due to all my uncertainty and procrastinating, if anyone has one they want to get rid of PM me!
I'm hoping even a basic rear shock upgrade will give me a little more confidence with cornering, the odd pogo effect tends to make me grip tighter with my hands and that's a no no. I have my first track day next month and the group is full of coaches that attended champ school.
Someone on ebay has a full GP setup for 1800 and it's the right rates for me I'm pretty sure, but I can't justify that. Yamaha champ school is on my list, especially since they're running road atlanta now, but it's expensive. Maybe next year!
Keep the suggestions coming, I know we have lots of combos and options!
The ultimate upgrade is having your own driveway, garage and house. Don't p*** it away on things that'll only make you happy for ten minutes.So, being that we got another stimulus and I got my tax refund at the same time I convinced the girlfriend to let me spend some on upgrading even though we're trying to save for a house.
MT09 has shit suspension, even SP needs to be modified (to your mass and maybe diftrent spring clip, like me).
I took my Ohlins-equipped 2020 SP for a minor tweak to the suspension, adjusted to my weight and riding style (if you can call it style!) quite soon after I bought it back in September. It was close, ex-factory, but the 30-minute $30 tweak brought it to a very satisfactory situation. As best I can recall, not quite up to the level of plushness of my professionally-modified Tracer 900 GT, with new K-TECH components all round (@ a very well-spent $2100), but more than just acceptable.