Looking for expert opinions on exhaust and suspension...
But ill take internet half-assed guesses as well.
My goal for this bike is to make a long distance tourer that is capable of tackling gravel roads, dirt roads and possibly double track while still being able to preform well on the street. The bike will normally wear a set of PR3's for commuting, but will be replaced with more off road tires for trips.
1) I have noticed that there is an excessive amount of front end dive under moderate to heavy braking and the rear tire is extremely easy to lock up. I understand that the versys isn't a supersport, but would a progressive spring help with front end dive on the road without limiting off-road ability? For the record I weigh 190 lbs and have happy trails teton hard cases installed usually loaded with stuff. I'm going to adjust the sag, and preload this weekend, but i don't think it will be enough.
2) I'm not a fan of the stock exhaust. I don't want an open pipe monster, but I would like a nice deep tone that can be heard over the valves. I am looking for a pipe with better clearance, less weight, moderate tone and does not interfere with my hard cases. I'm not planning any engine mods like the power-commander or tune, so it needs to work right out of the box. Does anyone know which one might fit the bill? Maybe the CSone with a silencer tip, or the leovince snail exhaust? is the added clearance even worth it?
Thanks in advance.