For the front end, better quality valves and shim stack, plus spring rates for ones weight goes a long way.
No need to spend $2000 on replacement cartridges if you don't need it.
For the rear, a better quality adjustable/rebuildable shock also with correct spring rate for rider weight will really help.
As an example: The suspension on my '08 Triumph Tiger 1050 was absolute garbage.
Highly under-sprung and under-damped for my weight (or pretty much anyone).
Felt more like those playground rides mounted on coil springs. Made one's ass pucker when anywhere close to pushing it.
I saved up and bought a Race Tech Gold Valve kit and springs for the front, and a Nitron R3+HYD shock for the rear.
Still fine tuning the front for my riding style, but the shock is spot on.
Night and day difference even as is, and that's no exaggeration. Now I ride with confidence (and having fun!) and bike is handling the way it was meant to.
Last edited by SubSailor; 11-08-2017 at 09:56 AM.