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  1. Suspenders

    New ride. My first big bike.

    Have ridden them all and I am still riding the 990. After dial in the 1090R 1190R did surprise me as I did not expect them to be even close to the 990 off road. They are good though. Travel limited on the 1090R but still can be set up to haul ass off road as Ken will confirm. I think the 950 is good because of a lack of electronics that can strand you. World travel definitely the 950 otherwise they are all a blast.
  2. Suspenders

    First Off

    Sounds like you got that out of the way and it is time to, Ride On!
  3. Suspenders

    The People You Meet

    It is broken. Out for a few more weeks.
  4. Suspenders

    The People You Meet

    I would say you are a people person, a gentleman, and proof that there are really good people out there. Just don't tell anyone I said that. K
  5. Suspenders

    CNC work needed

    Mostly lathe as of now. Kenny sent me a name Kurtis and I have done his suspension in the past. Talked to him and I am going to drop by his place on Monday. Thanks all!
  6. Suspenders

    CNC work needed

    Anyone have a cnc machine shop recommendation. Tried a couple shops but they are over booked or just not their cup of tea. I need some parts made. Runs of 50 to 200 units at a time. Mostly aluminum and would be great to use someone close by. Im in Alpine. Thank you, George@suspension101.com
  7. Andy & Fred were there and only 4 get offs lol. Robert, I have them launching 1090's without bottoming. Kenny come by and borrow my 990 for a ride. Here is Freds gopro with Andy in front of him last week on the old set up and its not bad. Last 5 seconds is priceless fun. https://youtu.be/iU60VnmN_0E
  8. Hmm, new project. Building a Baja pre-runner for RJ. Going to have to take it to a modern level and more. Forks won't be a problem, they are nearly the same as the new Xplor. RJ was the first to ride the design that Kenny has in his bikes. That was about 5 years ago and it took till 2019 to make it available for the rest of us. Just because it worked on his Suzuki Showa set up does not mean it will work on a KTM open bath. Completely different build. The question is what do I do with the shock. Going to have to take a hard look at it. It is the smaller 46mm unit and it will overheat quite easily if he puts the hammer down. Wonder if I can squeeze a 50mm shock in there of any brand? Anyone have any helpful info? I know some of you have owned or maybe still own a 640 Adventure. Have not seen the bike yet, he is going to drop it off after the Mint 400. On another note, I love Pasta too! Jon is the one that turned me on to the ARRA Americans for Responsible Recreational Access. I need to make another donation to them sooner rather than later. They really are on top of the land access issues. Thank you Jon.
  9. Sorry for not following up on Progress. We never had the opportunity to go further with the new set up due to a wrist injury Noah sustained at McCain's on test day. We wait and hope Noah heals quickly and well. Initial Xrays show no broken bones but unable to ride.
  10. Been rough lately, have been second guessing my valving design for the SFF forks repeatedly. Same new design that Kenny S has on his new bike but only one damper and could not get enough hold up, repeatedly. That has been the issue all along. It has plenty of bottoming resistance but dips to deep into the stroke during extreme braking or similar events making the front unstable. I changed the design. It is nothing I have ever seen on any suspension. Ordered some parts and sometimes you just gotta feel your way through it and throw some Pasta against the wall and see if it sticks. I love Pasta! I had just about run out of ideas with the design and had to do something. At one point had four sets of cartridges on my bench KYB, Showa and WP open and closed chambers. Husky says WP only but I wanted to cheat. Put them all away, closed the door to the trailer, turned the heater on, and spent hours listening to the rain while fabricating. Duck out once in a while to chip some metal on the lathe. I will be danged if Noah did not call last night and was a happy camper. We are really close and he did almost no adjusting. Just rode it and it was working really well. I have been praying for real. Will go after external dial in today and then there may be some fine tuning. Noah is excited about Lake Havasu. Wow. This is a breakthrough. I guess that is how it works. Challenges create change and change can be good. The design Kenny S has is almost non existent in the industry and now we have a whole new aspect to that with so much adjustability a big door has opened. Thank you God for answering.
  11. 3rd place. Congratulations Noah👍 Came in right behind Andrew Short of MX fame. Passed quite a number of riders to get to 3rd and ran down 2nd place to the tune of over a minute faster lap time, but lappers prevailed. Proud of him! We have some time before Lake Havasu race to get things sorted and come out swinging for the championship. By the way he does not know I am spilling all this info, shhhhhhh.
  12. Qualifier race today at the Glen, Noah was not at his peak but made the race. Skipped practice altogether and got all the rest possible. Start of the race around the first turn Noah is 4th from last place. Worked his way up to 7th by the end of the hour. The suspension did not hold him back at all. Hate to say it but thank God for mud and we are in the big show tomorrow! More soon!
  13. Just now gave them a set for Glen Helen. One race tomorrow and the big one on Sunday. Noah has food poisoning. Laid up in bed. I was afraid to lighten the forks too much because I did not want to take it too far as it is race time. Almost a good thing it is a mud race as the suspension means less. After the weekend we can start really honing them in. We are looking for butter on top and massive bottoming resistance. That's all. Robertaccio, I do not think he will run the air fork. He wants consistency. As we talked about before we need a regulator to keep the fork on target. But that is quite involved and likely need an ecu to get it done. With that I think the fork would be here to stay.
  14. Uncle Champ that is how I look at it. I learn every single day, and that is the fun part. I study at least a couple nights a week. What can get hard is when you have a guy like Noah counting on you and I will do anything not to let him down. We started a very different valving design last year and although once dialed it is better than anything Noah has ever ridden, it is about getting the proper set up for each type of fork. The last two years we started with WP closed chambers, then hit a home run with the open chambers. Then GasGas came along and it was Marzocchi closed chamber, that one was dialed in a week. Got lucky. Then the KYB SSS forks and already had a handle on those although we always improve with Noah's feedback. Now the AER. All through this we had no idea the WP cone valve fork has some distinct similarities to our old design and we are now taking that one to the next level. I love this job!
  15. Update The Worcs race at Buffalo Bills state line was a ruff one. Noah came into the pits 4th place Pro II class. The track got so rough the braking bumps were the size of supercross whoops. Noah was pretty beat up after this race. Rough track yes but the real reason was the suspension was not working well. Ended up 10th place in class. Got into the suspension and found I made mistakes in the design. The ics spring was binding, and this was masking valving issues we did not even know we had. We started testing again pretty much immediately and after fixing my ICS screw up the forks were mush yet again. After several rounds and days, Noah texts me and he was really frustrated. He did not know what to do. I have a dozen or more design ideas and directions in mind but time is again not on our side. While this was going on we needed a back up fork to use just in case. Talked to WP and they stated that they have done no testing and therefore have no valving tips on the air fork with the their spring conversion. Really! it is a WP spring conversion. They said we should run the air fork. Priorities are priorities. Well we have the fork getting close as of today. It is actually a bit too stiff so the hard part is done. So the one fork without the fork spring has 7 springs inside of it including the reb adjuster and top out springs. It is a concoction it is. Glen Helen this weekend for a 2hr mud fest. This should be interesting! Good luck to ya Noah lets hope you can build on last weeks 10th place. Dont know if I am boring you all. If so, no worries say the word and I will curb it. Thanks, George