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An honest review of AK-20 & Penske 8983 shock set up

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scordiaboy515
   Bravo.....well done!
 
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YZEtc
Thank you for the write-up.
Go have fun on it, lucky guy.
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FZRDR
Thanks for the comments guys! 
After my initial write up, I grabbed the yamaha key again and tested the suspension once more. 
I was grinning from ear to ear! The bike handled everything I threw at it. 
After I got home my wife asked what the heck I was smiling about and I had to laugh.
 
Happy  Holidays  everyone,    \\ :D/
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FZRDR
Kev1360,
 
I Paid 2250.  Total.
that is For the AK-20 Kit installed into forks by Traxxion Dynamics  that adjusts for preload/rebound/compression and  the Penske 8983 shock that adjusts for preload/rebound/ with remote compression reservoir. Both set up for my weight and riding style.
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pgeldz
I have the Traxxion AK20's and Penske triple clicker remote res in the rear...I can echo your comments Sir. Full review in the future, but for now all I can say is...
 
Magical!
 
:)
 
- Paulie

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FZRDR
Glad to hear you feel the same.
Also from what I understand from traxxions site, I can upgrade my 8983 to the 8987(3xclicker) by replacing the Remote canister........below from Penske......
 
Can I upgrade my 8983 to an 8987?
Yes, like most Penske products, you can easily upgrade the 8983 to the 8987 with a simple canister upgrade.
 

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kev1360
Thanks for the info. Can't wait for the full review

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rsmallfoot
Yes I too refit with AK20's and a penske 8983; worth the cost. Safer... Absolutely. Better feel, control and ride.. No doubt.
 

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FZRDR
Thanks for the comments.  
I really don't think most people realize the safety aspect of the upgrade.  
Had I not been riding a sport bike with decent adjustable suspension before the FZ, and then buying and riding the FZ in urban traffic, I wouldn't have known there is a big difference.  But now the FZ is a controllable light machine in most  situations and that includes panic stops, road imperfections, squirting in/out of traffic and just plain cruising.  
 
 

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pattonme
Indeed. I really don't get why the Jap4 cheap out so horribly on suspension. The MSRP increase of competent suspension (say the same Showa gear the R6 had from 5 years ago) is barely a few hundred dollars.
 
The stability and connection/feel of the tire with cartridges is phenomenal compared to the barely disguised pogo-stick that is damper rods even with GVE. If GP Suspension doesn't have an FZ07 cartridge retrofit out yet, they and others probably will soon enough. A good shock is going to cost the same from pretty much anybody. Fork upgrades can be a lot less. They just won't have quite the professional fit and finish of the AK product.
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Guest GringoStarr
Add another happy customer with this setup.
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riding4fun
Just wanted to ask if you still like this set up? Suspension is one of the things holding me back from buying an fz-07. Hate to spend 7-8 grand on a bike and have to put another 2 grand into it for it to handle the way it should.

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FZRDR
Just wanted to ask if you still like this set up? Suspension is one of the things holding me back from buying an fz-07. Hate to spend 7-8 grand on a bike and have to put another 2 grand into it for it to handle the way it should.
I absolutely agree with you that it seems crazy to have to spend money on susp, but.....if you have done enough research on any moto forum it's now the norm. Most Manufacturers just do not spend the money on a quality system any longer.   So to answer your?Yes, Yes, yes,  I absolutely love this suspension set up, plain and simple.  It works together front and back and tackles any road condition that I encounter all while making my ride a lot safer, no front dive from the front end, no pogo stick feeling, complete confidence inspiring ride.
Was it costly, yes, would I go to the trouble of shipping out my front end again and installing the components again.....YES.
 hope this helps......................

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riding4fun
Thank you so much for your reply. Yes is helps me a lot. It might be cost effective if I wait till the first of next year and find a used fz-07 for around 5500-6000 and spend the money on suspension and I should come out paying what the otd price on a new one would be.
 
Thank you
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pattonme
you can find new leftovers for <6K depending on location.
 
Yes, it's a crying shame, really, but I guess they figure somewhere north of 70% of purchases wouldn't know what good suspension feels like and don't care to spend money to fix it so why should the manufacturer devalue it's "competitive" price-point and profits by supplying a better grade of product? Yamaha tried to save a pathetic $100 on the FZ09 and it cost them dearly in PR. Next to lawyers I hope there is a circle of hell reserved for accountants who dictate utterly stupid terms to engineering divisions.
 
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riding4fun
I have had custom suspension on three of my bikes I have owned. My cbr 929 had ohlins rear and racetech gold valves and spring, also had a scotts steering damper. That bike was amazing, my 1988 Honda hawk gt650 had new springs and gold valves in the front (but non adjustable) and I installed a cbr 600rr rear shock. Ya not really custom but made a huge difference. On my 2002 kawi zrx eddie Lawson replica I only did the front springs just because it has two rear shocks and that was spendy. Bike still handled well.
 
I guess I would redo the suspension on any bike I purchased just to have it set up to my weight and riding style anyway. I think I have made up my mind.
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FZRDR
Good luck then with whatever you decide,
as you know there's nothing like having your ride set up to your weight/riding style.
 
funny,  I just saw traxxion set up a sale on their AK-20s
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