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    Well said.

    I definitely noticed a much more drastic difference putting the f4i shock on the back. I might try to tune the ricors a bit. Might eventually go with gold valves and an ohlins in the back.

    I'm no suspension engineer, but I think at least part of the trouble might be that the valving demands are different on a longer travel fork that these transalp units were designed for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwellian View Post
    Well said.

    I definitely noticed a much more drastic difference putting the f4i shock on the back. I might try to tune the ricors a bit. Might eventually go with gold valves and an ohlins in the back.

    I'm no suspension engineer, but I think at least part of the trouble might be that the valving demands are different on a longer travel fork that these transalp units were designed for.
    Quite so; and we shouldn't lose sight that the Ricors are able to be tuned like the Emulators too, with different shim stacks and thicknesses. How or if the inertia valve can be tweaked, I don't know though.
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    This guy enlarged and raised the inertia valve ports.

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    Another thought I'm having, The transalp has a spoked wheel, probably less unsprung weight, faster movement, so maybe our NC needs a heavier weight on the inertia valve.

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    A much belated update after some real world riding smooth pavement, bad pavement, high and low speed canyon carving, off road trails, and mostly horrible washboard filled, pot holed, deep marble gravel logging roads. About 3,000+ miles worth of overall traveled distance, give or take this trip.

    WooHoo! I :heart: my Ricor valves. (and my Nitron rear shock)

    I don't think I could be happier with how my bike behaved and did it's duty in the rough stuff at slow, medium, and stupid speeds. Now don't get me wrong, they are not MotoGP quality forks suddenly, that transend all designs before them, I can still get some goodly thwacks through the bars under certain knife edged pothole conditions, but the stock forks would knock my hands clean off the bars under those same conditions, so no complaints from me, now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.B.S. View Post
    A much belated update after some real world riding smooth pavement, bad pavement, high and low speed canyon carving, off road trails, and mostly horrible washboard filled, pot holed, deep marble gravel logging roads. About 3,000+ miles worth of overall traveled distance, give or take this trip.

    WooHoo! I :heart: my Ricor valves. (and my Nitron rear shock)

    I don't think I could be happier with how my bike behaved and did it's duty in the rough stuff at slow, medium, and stupid speeds. Now don't get me wrong, they are not MotoGP quality forks suddenly, that transend all designs before them, I can still get some goodly thwacks through the bars under certain knife edged pothole conditions, but the stock forks would knock my hands clean off the bars under those same conditions, so no complaints from me, now!

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    I'm glad it worked out for you and you're happy with them! I did not have the same luck with mine and ended up going with RaceTech Gold Valve Emulators -- and drilled the damping rods etc. etc. The end result with mine is absolutely fantastic as well, and I can't believe I ever rode this bike without them.

    Glad you're having the same result with your RICORS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
    I'm glad it worked out for you and you're happy with them! I did not have the same luck with mine and ended up going with RaceTech Gold Valve Emulators -- and drilled the damping rods etc. etc. The end result with mine is absolutely fantastic as well, and I can't believe I ever rode this bike without them.

    Glad you're having the same result with your RICORS!
    Thanks!

    I think there definitely is a lot of room for personal preferences, varying degrees of "feel", and what constitutes good for one guy, indifferent or not good for another, with a lot of suspension tweaking. I'm just glad there are choices to be had!
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.B.S. View Post
    Thanks!

    I think there definitely is a lot of room for personal preferences, varying degrees of "feel", and what constitutes good for one guy, indifferent or not good for another, with a lot of suspension tweaking. I'm just glad there are choices to be had!
    Totally!

    I found the RT's to be fantastic, but it is somewhat of a more complicated solution to the same problem; Requires machining, or at the very least a drill press, heavier oil, etc. etc.

    The benefit of the RT's though, and this may help increase "feel" for some, is that you can run a heavier oil (since you've drilled out the damping rods) and the heavier oil SLOWS down the rebound rate (the rate in which the wheel heads back to the ground). That coupled with compression valving (which the ricor and RT both have) really smooths things out.

    The downside... just flat out more work to get installed and "dialed in."

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    Thanks Lane for the idea as it works great. The ebay url had the Ricors to me in two days ans Amazon the 5 ct fluid in two days after that. Had a small issue with the amount of fluid as one took the 500 cc (518 = 17.4) and the other did n't so I took them both apart again and made sure the Ricor Intimidators were in correct. After lots of pumping to get air out with 300cc both took the 500 cc with maybe a 50 cc +- . I added Gaiters when put back together and made sure the air/drain holes were on the back side. Unlike another the first thing i liked was the improved anti brake dive. Took a ride over a route with lots of imperfections I like and big improvement. I still feel the imperfections but with out the harshness and it feels more planted. I also took out on the expressway and other than the noise of the hight mph it still felt good at 70 - 80 mph. Thanks for being a trail blazer or is that guinea pig...:-) I'm waiting on the CB1100 preload caps but may not install as i like the ride as it is. Now with a new rear tire I'll be ready to head to the Horizons Unlimited gathering in CA the 25. Thanks again for posting all you did and maybe need to see about that new rear shock you have.... Thanks. Excuse the rambling as I'm trying to use my Ipad with a keyboard instead of my MBP to have less to travel with... I'''m not a good student .....

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    So, I decided to try drilling my damper rods to 5/16", to see if I'd get a smoother response over sharp bumps.

    It really worked. Bigger difference than just putting the Ricors and thinner fluid in. Washboard freeway slab is much smoother as well.

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