much more progressive.
On the track, the Kayaba Factory kit fork worked
wonders. It was extremely fluid, especially in transition
from small chop to heavy impacts. Bottoming resistance
was plush without the occasional spike that comes with
the standard SSS fork. There weren’t any points in the
stroke where we thought the Kayaba Factory kit forks
needed to be changed; however, we weren’t running
Dean’s Supercross valving, which meant that our Pro test
riders could bottom the forks, but they knew that a cou-
ple small changes would have the Kayaba forks working
perfectly for them and worse for the slower test riders.
We vetoed their requests and honored the Vets.
The bottom line: you can build this bike; however, to get
as close as we did, you will need a boatload of money. No
test rider ever said, “I wish you had saved money by put-
ting on cheaper suspension” or “Couldn’t you have skipped
the cams to save some cash?”
We spent money where Dean spent money, and we
ended up with a bike that was good enough to catch the
attention of a factory team in only four races. Have you got
four races to spare? ❏