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    A taster for Eric.

    Like I said, Eric - Watch my space. Suspension, we got it all, here are the forks just for starters, take out a new mortgage, buy the bits, spend a few days fitting them and setting them up to your personal delectation and enjoy!

    Ken.

    June 11, 2008 - Simon Roots, Superbike magazine scribe writes;

    To all intents and purposes, the standard forks on most production sportsbikes are mighty fine components. Without a single click of adjustment they enable the best road bike on the planet to be ridden to awesome levels. Response, feedback, subtly and craft are all embodied within these Marzocchi F4 Road Racing forks.

    Marzocchi is an Italian company with a rich heritage in motorcycle suspension. Perhaps not quite with the status of Ohlins or WP, Marzocchi's products are of the highest quality and one look at these F4 units is enough to put you under their spell. Consider this, these forks are an upgrade on the 30,000 MV Agusta Tamburini, so they can't be bad, can they?

    Spec fans will note that these 50mm forks are precisely 7mm wider in diameter than most stock items. This means that you can't just fit the forks because the stock yokes are too narrow, so the kit includes the triple clamps, and for good measure a set of clip-ons too. But it also means that they are stiffer and offer enhanced performance over the standard forks.

    Fitting is no five-minute job, however, with the whole front end having to come off for the glorious new parts to find their new home. While you've got the cheque book out you could think about fitting a new adjustable steering damper as the old one will have to come off and you may as well get into serious debt on upgrading the anti tankslapper device.

    Simon Roots will be taking three weeks off to fit these forks to his GSXR Thou and may well employ a top racer to help him set them up. If you subscribe to Superbike magazine check out his longtermer pages in the months to come to see how badly his knuckles cut up in the fitting process and how he gets to grips with making his bike handle as well as Troy Corser's WSB machine.

    The forks fit most of today's meanest bikes with a different yoke adapter kits and radial or conventional caliper mounts tailoring the fit to each bike, so if you suddenly find 1,600 down the back of the sofa do you and your bike a favour and upgrade to some of the sexiest forks money can buy.

    Tuning
    If you fit a set of these forks then you may as well get their set-up spot on. Not only do these forks have adjustability to the nth degree but Marzocchi can supply spring kits (from 7.0 to 10.0 N/mm) to suit you weight and riding style. There are 13 clicks of compression available and a massive 32 clicks of rebound damping available. The stroke of the fork is 120mm.

    Stanchion tubes and Sliders
    These are made of a special chromed, high resistance steel and use Titanium Nitride as a coating (the stock units use Suzuki's Diamond-Like Coating). The CNC'd aluminium alloy has been both anodized and polished inside.

    Costs: 1,600
    Contact: +44 (0)23 92521912 or go online to www.marzocchi.co.uk



    What is SuperBike?
    SuperBike is an irreverent, humorous and massively informative magazine for all kinds of bikers. The staff has decades of testing and riding experience and are all still passionate about bikes. Biking is or should be great fun as well as a huge thrill. I am grateful to Kenny Pryde for permision to use, directly or paraphrased, extracts from his magazine whenever I see something you guys out there might like.

    Ken.





    Die dulci fruimini!
    Ken.
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    Re: A taster for Eric.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    Like I said, Eric - Watch my space. Suspension, we got it all, here are the forks just for starters, take out a new mortgage, buy the bits, spend a few days fitting them and setting them up to your personal delectation and enjoy!

    Ken.

    June 11, 2008 - Simon Roots, Superbike magazine scribe writes;

    To all intents and purposes, the standard forks on most production sportsbikes are mighty fine components. Without a single click of adjustment they enable the best road bike on the planet to be ridden to awesome levels. Response, feedback, subtly and craft are all embodied within these Marzocchi F4 Road Racing forks.

    Marzocchi is an Italian company with a rich heritage in motorcycle suspension. Perhaps not quite with the status of Ohlins or WP, Marzocchi's products are of the highest quality and one look at these F4 units is enough to put you under their spell. Consider this, these forks are an upgrade on the 30,000 MV Agusta Tamburini, so they can't be bad, can they?

    Spec fans will note that these 50mm forks are precisely 7mm wider in diameter than most stock items. This means that you can't just fit the forks because the stock yokes are too narrow, so the kit includes the triple clamps, and for good measure a set of clip-ons too. But it also means that they are stiffer and offer enhanced performance over the standard forks.

    Fitting is no five-minute job, however, with the whole front end having to come off for the glorious new parts to find their new home. While you've got the cheque book out you could think about fitting a new adjustable steering damper as the old one will have to come off and you may as well get into serious debt on upgrading the anti tankslapper device.

    Simon Roots will be taking three weeks off to fit these forks to his GSXR Thou and may well employ a top racer to help him set them up. If you subscribe to Superbike magazine check out his longtermer pages in the months to come to see how badly his knuckles cut up in the fitting process and how he gets to grips with making his bike handle as well as Troy Corser's WSB machine.

    The forks fit most of today's meanest bikes with a different yoke adapter kits and radial or conventional caliper mounts tailoring the fit to each bike, so if you suddenly find 1,600 down the back of the sofa do you and your bike a favour and upgrade to some of the sexiest forks money can buy.

    Tuning
    If you fit a set of these forks then you may as well get their set-up spot on. Not only do these forks have adjustability to the nth degree but Marzocchi can supply spring kits (from 7.0 to 10.0 N/mm) to suit you weight and riding style. There are 13 clicks of compression available and a massive 32 clicks of rebound damping available. The stroke of the fork is 120mm.

    Stanchion tubes and Sliders
    These are made of a special chromed, high resistance steel and use Titanium Nitride as a coating (the stock units use Suzuki's Diamond-Like Coating). The CNC'd aluminium alloy has been both anodized and polished inside.

    Costs: 1,600
    Contact: +44 (0)23 92521912 or go online to www.marzocchi.co.uk



    What is SuperBike?
    SuperBike is an irreverent, humorous and massively informative magazine for all kinds of bikers. The staff has decades of testing and riding experience and are all still passionate about bikes. Biking is or should be great fun as well as a huge thrill. I am grateful to Kenny Pryde for permision to use, directly or paraphrased, extracts from his magazine whenever I see something you guys out there might like.

    Ken.

    Nice stuff!

    Ohlins, too, will tailor forks and shocks to suit the bike/rider. I am thinking this winter will be the time to do the upgrade. The Rex has about 14,000 miles on her now - so I've gotten at least some service out of the stock bits!

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