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V-Strom (DL650): Suspension

V-Strom (DL650)

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525x116 15T 47T 110/80-19 150/70-17 CR8E



The complete fork upgrade kit - Race Tech springs and emulators. Also includes a set of top quality fork seals and fork oil to complete the job. Everything you need to transform your mushy stock forks into suspension that really works.

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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '20

Precision tolerances – The tightest in the industry. Ultra-lightweight, for reduced unsprung mass. Straight rate springs will give better control in the rough stuff. Sold in pairs.

  • The .85 springs are 30% stiffer than stock DL650 springs and 21% stiffer than DL1000 springs, a great choice for most riders.
  • The 1.0 springs are 50% stiffer than stock DL650 springs and 42% stiffer than DL1000 springs, a better choice for heavier or aggressive riders, heavy loads, 2-up riding, etc.
  • Stock spring rates for comparison: DL650-.65 DL1000-.70
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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '11

Progressive springs offer a soft initial spring rate for a plush ride. Progressively wound design provides increased resistance to bottoming as spring compresses. These springs are significantly stiffer than the wimpy stock springs.

They will make a big improvement in the front forks while still delivering a smooth ride. Sold in pairs.

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The Cogent Dynamics DDC valves are the most cost-effective upgrade you can make to your motorcycle’s forks. Unique and the first of its kind, a DDC kit is available to upgrade many motorcycles that are originally equipped with simple damper rod type forks as front suspension.

We do recommend stiffer than stock front springs to bring the full potential of the DDCs out. Up to about 200 pounds (rider with gear on) we recommend the .85 kg/mm springs. If you are above 200 pounds (rider with gear on) you should probably go with the 1.0 kg/mm springs.

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Race Tech Cartridge Emulators make damping rod forks perform like well-tuned cartridge forks. Emulators are tunable valves that sit inside your forks on top of the damping rods and are held in place by the fork springs. Simple to install and completely tunable for all conditions and rider preferences.

*Comes with RaceTech adapter to properly seat the Gold Valve cartridge into to the top of the damper rod.

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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '12

Patented fork seal features a balanced 3 lip design that evenly distributes the pressure reducing operating temperature, wear and friction

Custom Elastomer Fork Seals have been tested to outlast OEM fork seals. Extends typical seal life by 3 to 5 times over OEM seals

Stiction (friction) measures from 1/3 to 1/2 less than OEM seals for smoother fork action

Lower Stiction, Longer Life! It doesn’t get any better than this!

Plus, the only complete line of dust wipers! Wipers should be replaced with the fork seals to assure peak performance. 

Kit includes Fork Seals and dust wipers.


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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '11 V-Strom (DL650) '12 - '25

Helps protect vulnerable fork tube and seal from dust, dirt, and corrosive elements. Hook & loop (Velcro) fastening on back side makes installation or removal for cleaning a breeze.

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Cogent Dynamics has created another winner - the 'World's Edge' shock for the 650 V-Strom the rear end you have wanted for all these years. This unit gives the DL650 excellent control with a firm but comfortable ride, both solo and two-up. This shock is equipped with adjustable damping control so you can customize the action to your preference. Please call for lowering options also if you need them.

The Bling Ring preload adjuster and thrust bearing on the spring make preload changes easy when you fill the bags and add a copilot. Keeping the ride height up can make the difference between a good handling motorcycle and a peg scraping pig. Want to make it easier yet? Add a Hydraulic Preload Adjuster like the stock shock has.

Includes mounting bracket.

  Bikes with ABS require the hydraulic preload adjuster

Choose Rider Weight
Add Remote Preload Adjuster
Add Preload Thrust Bearing
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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '25
  • Lighter and stiffer than stock, these high quality straight rate springs are made specifically for the DL line.
  • A proper rear spring will give a smoother more controlled ride.
  • Available in a multitude of spring rates, one is the perfect fit for your bike and riding style.
  • Stock spring is rated at 8.2 kg/mm for the DL650, and DL1000

 Adapters are required for this spring

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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '25

The V-Strom suffers from poor compression damping and limp rebound damping. The Race Tech Gold Valve allows you to tune both compression and rebound valving for vastly improved performance.

  • Bolt-on shock valving for riders serious about suspension performance
  • Improves control, traction, plushness and bottoming resistance
  • Improved, long-wearing, low-friction sealing design decreases fade
  • Includes complete instructions
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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '25

This adapter set is required to fit an aftermarket spring to the Vstrom shock

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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '25

Billet aluminum lowering links. Lowers the rear suspension.

Disclaimer: Lowering the front and/or rear of your motorcycle will change the geometry and may affect the handling, use caution after making changes/adjustments.

Choose how low you want to go
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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '16

Adjustable lowering links by PSR lowers the rear suspension from stock height to 4 inches.

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Universal fit. May require additional adjustment or modification.

Based on the wildly popular Race Tech Suspension Seminars taught by Paul Thede around the world, this step-by-step guide shows riders how to make their bikes handle like the pros. Thede gives the lowdown on all types of suspension, including cartridge and non-cartridge forks as well as dual-chamber and nitrogen-charged shocks.

The three forces of suspension, testing procedures, even the black arts of chassis geometry: Thede explains it all. The book provides step-by-step photos of suspension disassembly and assembly as well as a detailed troubleshooting guide for dirt, street and track.

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V-Strom (DL650) '04 - '25

Use this installation tool from Cogent to be sure that your Cogent Drop-in Dynamic Cartridges are installed correctly. A strong magnet in the end holds the cartridge firmly while you lower it into your fork leg. Then slide the spring over the tool until it holds the DDC down, then gently remove the tool. That simple. Never again question if it is properly seated on the damper rod.

Works equally well for removal when you need to change your fork oil. Also works great with Race Tech Emulators.

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Universal fit. May require additional adjustment or modification.

Showa removed the schrader valve on many newer rear shocks. Now you need a needle to recharge your shock with nitrogen after a rebuild. Race Tech built this unit just for that job.

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Universal fit. May require additional adjustment or modification.

The features of this tool include 300 psi capacity, bleeder valve and T-handle plunger pin chuck. Swivel chuck has a 12" flexible hose. Comes complete with instructions, carrying box and Schrader valve extension (required on some Showa shocks). Nitrogen bottles available at any welding supply house.

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Universal fit. May require additional adjustment or modification.

Makes installation of your linkage bearings much easier. Also simplifies maintenance of those bearings.

  • Allows placing bearing needles on bearing race while greasing linkage bearings
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