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Those in the U.K. Should also consider K-Tech.

They do an internal replacement for R nine T. I know that cos they did mine first and used it as a test mule!

Top quliaty kit, and they do a fitting service too if you don't fancy tackling it yourself. Highly recommended.

FYI I have K-Tech up front and Ohilns rear.
 

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I contacted the local K-Tech agent up here about a year ago and they never got back to me, so I looked elsewhere. Contacted them again recently to talk about setting up the suspension on my bike and again no reply. Not good.....
 

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Has anyone had there 2017 standard forks apart yet, or has knowledge of the fork internals as looking at the top caps they look remarkably similar to the Wilbers inserts.. There probably not the same, I'm probably just hoping there the same :)
 

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So after a lot of faffing around I eventually chose an Andreani suspension cartridge kit, and recently fitted it. There are a lot of good reports from other forums about this kit and @Dario on here seems pleased with the result when he got his cartridges fitted.

I haven't had a chance to road test them yet, or fully set them up for sag, bike off the road for winter here.

But they are on the bike!


 

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I just havefitted the andreani cartridges to my 14 rninet by one of the best suspensionexpert in town. That’s a great upgrade for the bike and the driving behavior . Ithink the product is value for money if you consider is working very good andis cheaper than others manufactures .Great in my opinion, for the average rider,for use in town or on track. I am waiting from my rear OHLINS to come so I canfinish the job. I recommend it .
 

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I've had Andreani cartridges intalled in my Triumph Scrambler. Having the front adjustable is really great when your playing with the rear suspensions as well. The guy who worked on them said it looked nearly identical to Ohlin components (and that they were possibly even produced by Ohlin). With that said for someone just wanting to reduce diving in the forks, it's MUCH cheaper to just buy a spring kit. Something I also tried on a previous Triumph Scrambler. If I feel like the GS needs work in the forks, I'll most likely go with a proper spring kit. Andreani is really top notch, just that I felt like aside from the adjustments, you don't get 4 times more from them for 4X the price and on the Scrambler at least, it was irreversible, you had to modify the forks to accept the cartridges. With a spring kit, you can go back to stock no problem, and some kits go for 199$.

I also spent a fortune on rear shocks (2 sets of Ohlins) and had them in different suspension shops, had them re-springed, re-valves, and they were always too stiff, just lacking travel for rough roads. In the end I sold them and put the stock ones back on (which to be honest aren't great but much more comfortable). So again if I wanted to improve the rear on the GS, I wouldnt consider spending 1500$ on a shock, I'd focus mostly on trying to increase travel, without necessarily going for the top dollar brands. My 2 cents :)

Suspensions can be a bit like going to the Casino, sometimes you get it right the first time, sometimes you end up spending way more than you had planned and never really reach the goal.
 

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So after a lot of faffing around I eventually chose an Andreani suspension cartridge kit, and recently fitted it. There are a lot of good reports from other forums about this kit and @Dario on here seems pleased with the result when he got his cartridges fitted.

I haven't had a chance to road test them yet, or fully set them up for sag, bike off the road for winter here.

But they are on the bike!


Any update on these, I know it's still not good riding there but I am looking to upgrade and these do seem a reasonable alternative.
I emailed ANDREANI and asked about springing for rider weight and a lady replied that they just come stock, is this correct?
Thanks, Phil.
 

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Any update on these, I know it's still not good riding there but I am looking to upgrade and these do seem a reasonable alternative.
I emailed ANDREANI and asked about springing for rider weight and a lady replied that they just come stock, is this correct?
Thanks, Phil.
Hi Phil,

I've not done any more than bounce the forks up and down whilst sitting on the bike in the garage mate - she handles beautifully there! lol

Seriously though, I've not had any chance to check how the bike rides and handles as yet, there is currently snow on the ground outside.

Regarding spring rates, perhaps if you are communicating directly with the factory they won't supply anything other than stock springs, but I bought the fork kit from an Italian suspension stockist/race shop and they supplied springs suited to my weight. Below I include a transcript of part of our conversation:


YOU:
Hello, I am interested in your Fork kit. I understand that if I give you my weight with riding gear you will fit the correct spring before you send the kit? Also the kit will not need the use of a spring compressor as you will have already fitted the spring. Is this correct? Do you also give a recommendation of the weight and volume of fork oil to use? Thank you.

omnia-racing:
Hello,
Andreani can setup for your weight, is noit necessary special tools for fit, you can use Ohlins oil
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The company is Omnia Racing, you can find them on that well known auction site..... ;)
 

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IIRC they sent you 8.8 N/mm springs. Can we ask what you weigh in street clothes?
Thanks BaldyDave and JohnT,
I emailed them again and this was the reply.

"sorry but how much you are weight? If 70/90 is ok... just you need something more light if you are 60 or more hard if you are fat more than 100kg!

Don't worry... the kit andreani is perfect already without other springs... I sold 100 times ;) everytbody happy!

Well I am 85Kg/ 187 lb fully kitted so I should be OK and not "fat more than 100Kg" :eek:
They can also supply 1 litre Ohlins oil for euro 25, USD 31, is that a good deal and will 1 litre be enough?
Shipping for the whole lot is euro 45, USD 55, thats from Italy to New Zealand not too bad.
Regards, Phil.
 

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I'm around 87Kg fully kitted out. I am slightly fat!!!! LOL
 

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I'm around 87Kg fully kitted out. I am slightly fat!!!! LOL
They say television adds 10 lbs, but it seems email notifications adds exactly 3 kg ;)
 

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Have been looking at forks upgrade, progressive springs Vs cartridge and now very interested in Andreani which seem excellent value compared to Wilbers equivalent (rear shock replacement booked). Just a brief post to express thanks for all the information on the forum, hugely helpful! 👍
 

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