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RACE TECH for TOURING

Suspension upgrades aren't just for going fast; comfort and safety are two major benefits of a properly setup motorcycle. Touring Bikes are notorious for being on the mushy side. This can be fine in some situations but control is sacrificed. Race Tech can smooth out the jarring bumps allowing you to go more miles with less wear on your body. The real trick is improving firmness and control at the same time. This, along with increased traction and a consistent feel help keep you in control.

RT HI-PERFORMANCE SPRINGS

The first step to great handling is selecting proper spring rates front and rear. With over 500 Hi-Performance Springs to choose from, Race Tech is almost guaranteed to have the spring you need.

Touring bikes are notoriously under-sprung causing the bike to feel lazy and heavy (yes, the bikes ARE heavy). Proper spring rates improve ground clearance as well.

 

RT Hi-Performance Spring Features:

-Extremely accurate rates

-The tightest tolerances in the industry

-Heat-treated and Shot-peened

-Preset to eliminate sacking-out

-Extremely lightweight

-Made in the USA

 

►Find your recommended springs and spring rates.

Want a custom color? ►Powder Coating is available!

►More spring info...

FORK GOLD VALVE KITS and EMULATORS

The ultimate front end provides a firm yet plush feel that doesn't dive excessively. Race Tech's Gold Valve Fork Kits are designed to do just that. Gold Valves and Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators eliminate the limitations of the stock valving setup. Gold Valves use an improved piston design to give outstanding performance, feel, and tuneability.

 

Benefits of Gold Valves:

    -Great feel

    -Controls dive

    -Increased tuneability

    -Personalized setup

    -Reduced harshness

    -Increased bottoming resistance

    -Improved traction

    -Consistent feel

    -Technical support

    -100% Guaranteed

    -Made in the USA

     

GOLD VALVE SHOCK CONVERSIONS

Race Tech's award winning Gold Valve Kits for Shocks provide great performance without the cost of a replacement shock. Gold Valve Shock Conversion Kits are installed in the stock shock. They provide a personalized setup, creating a plush feel with improved bottoming resistance and more control at the same time. The Kits include Gold Valve, Valving Charts and Shims to allow a custom setup for a specific rider and conditions.

These Kits can be installed by individuals interested in understanding and tuning their own suspension or they can be installed by a Race Tech Center or Race Tech's Service Department.

 

Benefits of Gold Valves:

    -Reduced harshness

    -Increased bottoming resistance

    -Improved traction

    -Consistent feel

    -Increased tuneability

    -Personalized setup

    -Technical support

    -100% Guaranteed

    -Made in the USA

     

G3-S CUSTOM SERIES SHOCKS for TOURING

The ultimate rear suspension solution; Race Tech's G3-S Custom Series Shocks are custom built replacement shocks. These shocks have been tested in all types of conditions to provide the best performance. On many models G3-S Shocks add external damping adjustability. Engineered to be ultra-durable and tested to provide a plush feel with improved bottoming resistance; these shocks are state-of-the-art.

 

G3-S Custom Series Features:

    -Gold Valves provide a plush feel with increased bottoming resistance.

    -Personalized valving setup

    -Custom Hi-Performance Spring with rate selected for the rider

    -Billet aluminum

    -Ultra Slick Suspension Fluid

    -Premium Heim Bearings

    -Extremely effective rebound adjuster

    -Low-friction surface treatments

    -Full technical support

    -Made in the USA

    -100% Guaranteed!

     

REPLACEMENT FORK TUBES by TNK

 

TNK Fork Tubes are OEM quality replacements for Touring motorcycles. They are the highest quality and generally significantly less expensive than the original equipment. These tubes are made from the best materials and some models have color options.

 

TNK Fork Tube Features:

-Highest quality

-Generally significantly less expensive than OEM replacements

-Available in standard hard-chrome

-Titanium coatings reduce friction for selected models - gold, black, and red (copper)

-Made in Italy

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 More TNK Fork Tubes info... 

HONDA GL1800 GOLDWING

Testimonial from Reno Britt, National Drill Team Champion, www.centralfloridadrillteam.com:

"My ride home from Lake George/Americade was smooth and exhilarating. Feeling the power of the Gold Wing as I took the corners through the Catskills left me with quite an envious smile on my face. As I have explained numerous times this week to other riders, I finally found the rest of my horsepower through the set up of the Race Tech suspension. While I know that nothing is different with the engine, the suspension has allowed a very positive transference of torque to the tires; thus propelling it forward with a very smooth and aggressive thrust of power. I am a believer!!!!!!! Thanks, Reno Britt"

 

Race Tech Suspension for the GL1800 is tested, proven, and guaranteed to provide an amazing ride. The stock suspension is under-sprung with the weight of the bike consuming 66% of the suspension travel on the 2006-2010 models. This creates a heavy, lazy feel and results in low ground clearance.

 Check out this video of a Gold Wing rider riding over 4x4 planks demonstrating the control riders gain with Race Tech Suspension. This video is from the Lee Parks Total Control Suspension demonstration at Americade.

 

 RT Hi-Performance Springs

RT Hi-Performance Springs with the proper rates are a must for both front and rear. The additional travel from a proper spring rate provides more controlled braking and drastically reduces ground clearance issues. Find your recommended spring rate.

 

 Gold Valve Fork Kit with Emulator

The stock GL1800 forks have a cartridge in one side and a damping rod in the other. The Gold Valve Fork Kit offered for this model uses Compression and Rebound Gold Valves on the cartridge side that allow a custom setup. On the damping rod side, a Gold Valve Emulator is used. Combined with RT Hi-Performance Springs, the GL1800 Gold Valve Fork Kit produces a smooth ride with excellent dive control and improved bottoming resistance.

 

Shock Option 1: Gold Valve Shock Conversion

Race Tech offers two options to improve your GL1800's rear suspension. The first option improves the stock shock's performance by installing a Gold Valve Conversion Kit along with a proper rate RT Hi-Performance Spring. This is the most cost effective option and includes a Gold Valve to create a plush feel over bumps, with increased bottoming resistance, and a personalized setup.

The GL1800 Shock Conversion also includes our Hydraulic Preload Adjuster Upgrade, replacing the line on the stock Preload Adjuster. We have found it is common for the stock line to expand causing the adjuster to become ineffective. The replacement increases response of the adjuster and improves the consistency of your ride and preload adjustment.

CORE CHARGE - We have stock shocks at Race Tech. To save down-time we can revalve, respring and do the Hydraulic Preload Adjuster Upgrade to one of these shocks and send it to you before you take your shock off your bike. We will charge you a core charge of $100 until we receive your stock shock.

 

Shock Option 2: G3-S Custom Series Shock

The second option is a complete G3-S Custom Series Shock. These shocks include an external Rebound Adjuster and come with Gold Valve and Hi-Performance Spring; valved and sprung specifically for the rider. Every G3-S Shock is 100% Guaranteed to improve the performance of your motorcycle's suspension.

Hydraulic Preload Adjuster Upgrade is available for the GL1800 G3-S Custom Shock for $94.98. We have found it is common for the stock line to expand causing the adjuster to become mushy. This upgrade replaces the rubber hose on the stock Preload Adjuster with a braided stainless steel hose. This upgrade includes oil and labor and dramatically improves adjuster response.

CORE CHARGE - Since we need to rebuild your stock electric hydraulic preload adjuster we keep rebuilt adjusters in stock. To eliminate additional down-time we offer an exchange program for your shock. We temporarily charge a fully-refundable "core charge" of $100 until we receive your stock shock. We check your adjuster to make sure it is operating correctly and then refund your core charge.


NOTE: we have solutions for older model GLs as well. Please call.

 Replacement Fork Tubes

TNK Fork Tubes are OEM quality replacements for Touring motorcycles. They are the highest quality and generally significantly less expensive than the original equipment. These tubes are made from the best materials and are available with color options.

 

YAMAHA VENTURE

Common for most touring bikes, the Yamaha Venture comes under-sprung and over-damped in stock form. Race Tech can drastically improve the mushy feel of your motorcycle and deliver a firm yet plush feel with great bottoming resistance.

 

RT Hi-Performance Springs

The Venture suffers from being soft and spongy as a result of the fork springs being too soft. RT Hi-Performance Springs with the proper rate will decrease excessive dive under braking and increase travel. Find your recommended spring rate.

 

Gold Valve Emulator Fork Kit

Race Tech offers a Gold Valve Emulator Kit transforming the stock damping rod type forks in the Venture to perform like well-tuned cartridge forks. This award winning technology removes restrictive orifice style damping and a mushy feel with progressive, velocity sensitive damping; resulting in increased traction, bottoming resistance, and control.

 

KAWASAKI VOYAGER

Off the showroom floor, the Kawasaki Voyager suffers from a mushy yet harsh feel because it is under-sprung and has too much high speed compression damping. Race Tech can drastically improve the lazy feel of your motorcycle and deliver a firm yet plush feel with great bottoming resistance.

 

RT Hi-Performance Springs

The Voyager suffers from feeling heavy and mushy as a result of the fork springs being too soft. RT Hi-Performance Springs with the proper rate can drastically improve your ride. Find your recommended spring rate.

 

Gold Valve Emulator Fork Kit

Race Tech's Gold Valve Emulator Kit for the Voyager adds an award-winning Emulator to the stock damping rod type forks. Emulators transform the forks to perform like well-tuned cartridge forks and replace a mushy feel with progressive, velocity sensitive damping; resulting in increased traction, bottoming resistance, and control.

 

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