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"The best you've ridden is the best you know."
- Paul Thede
RACE TECH for TOURING
Race Tech on Tour!
Many Touring Riders feel they don't need hi-performance suspension. The mistake is the belief that it is just for racing. Touring Riders have different needs: Comfort, safety and of course better handling. Properly setup suspension offers major benefits to the touring motorcycle. Two-up riding puts an even greater demand on suspension often making the passenger suffer unduly.
Sport Touring bikes are known for mushy suspension, although fine in some situation; too many times control is sacrificed. Race Tech can smooth out the jarring bumps allowing you to ride more miles daily with greater comfort. This also results in less wear on your body and makes for happy pillion riders too! The real trick is improving firmness, while creating plushness and improving control at the same time. This, along with increased traction and a consistent feel and feedback keeps you in control in almost any situation: blitzing across a two lane roads, pushing the limits on a mountain road, or just cruising down the interstate. If you want the best possible comfort, control, and handling, you are in the right place.
INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOWS 2014 - 2015
Race Tech is pleased to be exhibiting again at the International Motorcycle Shows fall of 2014 & winter of 2015.
Race Tech IMS Schedule 2014 -2015:
Northern California: San Mateo, CA - October 31 - November 2, 2014
Phoenix: Scottsdale, AZ - November 7 - 9, 2014
Southern California: Long Beach, CA - November 14 - 16, 2014
Dallas: Dallas, TX - January 23 - 25, 2015
Ohio: Cleveland, OH - January 30 - February 1, 2015
Minneapolis: Minneapolis, MN - February 6 - 8, 2015
Chicago: Rosemont, IL - February 13 - 15, 2015
RT HI-PERFORMANCE SPRINGS
Race Tech 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
-Made in the USA
►Find your recommended springs and spring rates.
Want a custom color on a rear spring? ►Powder Coating is available!
►More spring info...
FORK GOLD VALVE KITS and EMULATORS
Race Tech Gold Valves
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:
GOLD VALVE SHOCK CONVERSIONS
GL1800 G3-S Shock Gold Valve Conversion
Race Tech Gold Valves
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 (if you have the proper equipment) or they can be installed by a Race Tech Center or the Service Department at Race Tech.
Benefits of Gold Valves:
G3-S CUSTOM SERIES SHOCKS for TOURING
Race Tech G3-S Custom Built Shocks
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.
►Video Presentation about G3-S Custom Shocks
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
-Ultra Slick Suspension Fluid
-Premium Heim Bearings
-Extremely effective rebound adjuster
-Low-friction surface treatments
-Full technical support
-Made in the USA
►More about G3-S Custom Shocks!
REPLACEMENT FORK TUBES by TNK
Race Tech is the Exclusive USA Distributor for TNK Fork Tubes
TNK Fork Tubes are an OEM quality replacement for Sport 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.
TNK Fork Tube Features:
►Click here for more info!
TNK FORK TUBES FEATURE:
- Highest Quality!
- Standard Hard-Chrome
- Exact OEM Specs Match
- Vintage applications (back to 1955)
- Made in Italy
►Search for Replacement TNK Fork Tubes
►Video Presentation about TNK Fork Tubes
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.
►Video Presentation about G3-S Custom Shock for GL1800
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.
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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.
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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.
MORE TOURING MODELS
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Sport Touring Models
Check out these links to Race Tech Magazine Project Bikes and Product Evaluations!
Motorcycle Classics Magazine Laverda RGS1000
Rider Magazine FJR1300 Product Review
Rider Magazine BMW R75/6
Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator product review from our friends at LaverdaMania.com
Upcoming Product Review in Rider Magazine Race Tech G3-S Custom Twin Shocks on BMW R75/6. Watch for it coing soon!
Up coming on Cafe Racer TV Race Tech G3-S Shock on Custom Cafe Build by Loaded Gun Customs
MOTORCYCLE SHOWS and RALLIES
Race Tech supports Street riding Enthusiasts as well as Racers.
Diamond Dons Riverport National AHRMA Moto-Cross/Cross Country: Jefferson, TX April 10-13, 2014
Willow Springs Corsa Motoclassica AHRMA Road Race: Rosamond, CA April 24-27, 2014
Unadilla MX Rewind AHRMA Moto-Cross/Cross Country: Unadilla, NY May 30-June 1, 2014
Americade Rally Motorcycle Rally: Lake George, NY June 2-8, 2014
Bonneville Vintage GP AHRMA Road Race: Toole, UT September 29-31
WeSTOC XIX ST Owners Touring Rally Fortuna, CA September 9-11, 2014
Golden Aspen Rally Motorcycle Rally: Ruidoso, NM September 17-21, 2014
Barber Vintage Festival AHRMA Road Race: Leeds, AL October 9-12 2014
American International Motocycle Expo Consumer & Industry Exposition: Orlando, FL October 16-19 20144
International Motorcycle Shows Consumer Exposition: November 2014 – February 2015 NOTE: Selected IMS shows/cities TBA
RIDER CHALLENGE EVENT at GOLDEN ASPEN RALLY!
Race Tech Supports Touring Enthusiasts.
Race Tech field representative Matt Wiley will again be attending the Golden Aspen Rally in Ruidoso, NM Sept 17-121 2014.
This Rally takes place in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino & Resort.
New for the 2014 Golden Aspen Rally is the Race Tech Sponsored Golden Aspen Rider Challenge This exciting event taking place Friday & Saturday is open to all attendees. It will also include and riding clinic hosted by Race Tech Sponsored Rider Reno Birt, Top Gun National Champion.
Watch Sample Rider Challenge Video
This exciting event takes place Friday & Saturday at the rally. It will demonstrate the amazing riding of Reno and he will be skills coaching riders at the event!
Matt will have Race Tech Display at the Vendor Expo and be available to answer questions about your suspension operation and improvement options.Rally specials will be available to attendees!
Race Tech will be returning to Ruidoso again next May for the Aspen Ca$h Rally and again in September for the Golden Aspen Rally. ►Rally details
TOTAL CONTROL ADVANCED RIDING CLINIC
Race Tech is proud to Support Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic
RIn today's age of high-horsepower superbikes, large-displacement cruisers and super-heavy-weight touring bikes, riding skills are more important than ever for safe, fun motorcycling. Unfortunately for experienced riders, there is a large gap between the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course (ERC) and the many racetrack schools around the country. Many riders are interested in improving their skills but are unwilling to take on the additional risks associated with a high-speed environment. If you fit into the "I'm interested, but" group, you're not alone. In fact, if you add up all the attendees of all the race schools together, they only represent a tiny percentage of street riders. This is not to say they are not good schools. To the contrary, they have much to offer. But they are not for everyone. Fortunately, Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic (Total Control ARC) has a solution for those experienced riders "caught in the middle," as well as those track-day junkies and racers who want to be able to further enhance their skills in a controlled environment with expert instruction. ►Read More!
Race Tech Total Control Discount for Students & Staff!
Email Matt Wiley for TCARC Tech Support, Orders, Installs. Matt can also be reached at 909-273-4985 during regular business hours MST Monday - Friday.
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Many people think suspension setup is a mysterious black art. It's not!
►2014 Race Tech Catalog .PDF
At Race Tech you have choices:
- Purchase our Gold Valve Kits, High Performance Springs, and Ultra Slick Suspension Fluids and install them yourself.
- Call or Email Race Tech 951.279.6655. email Race Tech
- Hey, if you're really into it, check out our Suspension Seminars.
- Send your suspension into Race Tech Service Department for upgrades and rebuild work.
- Have your local Race Tech Center install them.
- Race Tech is at many events to answer your questions and assist with your suspension needs.
- If your bike is not listed in our Product Search, you have questions about applications please Email Matt Wiley Tech Support/R&D.
- Matt can also be reached at 909-273-4985 during regular business hours MST Monday - Friday.
►Customer Service Request Form
►Fork Emulator Fitting Requirements Data Sheet
►Cartridge Emulator Parts list - Excel format
►Cartridge Emulator Tuning Guide
►Fork Specs Data Sheet - Damping Rods
►Custom Shock Geometry Form
►Shock Spring Fitment
►RT DUAL SHOCK SPRING LIST with dimensions, rate and travel
►RT FORK SPRING LIST with dimensions, rate and travel
RACE TECH POLICIES: At Race Tech our customers' satisfaction is vital. We put it in writing...
NOTES and ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Do you have a motorcycle not listed in our applications that needs Race Tech Suspension? Contact us!
We will guarantee a significantly improved ride at a very discounted price for someone who will help us develop these bikes.
If you're interested please contact Christie at 951.279.6655 x107 or email Race Tech
We are looking for a Suzuki GSX1250FA for R&D if you are interested please contact us, an R&D discount will be offered!