The 2018 ECM is just around the corner and this year it's going to be a Monster year for me.
Of all the bikes I've owned and ridden up there (not to there) the Monster is my favorite. So I decided that over the Winter I'm going to get her fixed up and ready to go. Primarily to see if I can help it in the handling department. Although the roads up there are pretty much perfect and smooth as they can be The front suspension needs help. I've already tried the Racetech Gold Valves and straight rate springs and that helped, but not enough.
After a little searching around I decided to order a complete cartridge replacement set from Mupo of Italy. Apparently they supply these for a few of the Super Sport teams in WSBK. I won't see them from probably 6 weeks or more. Should be fun to setup when they get here. No tools preload adjustment and 40 clicks of rebound and compression adjustments.
I did get the seals in. I went with the All Balls. With a name like that I had to give them a try. In the past I've just driven them in with a punch and hammer but this time I went ahead and bought the proper seal driver tool to make things easier. The Race Tech grease was recommended to me by a friend that does suspension setup for Supercross. It's suppose to be magic stuff. We'll see. New bushings are also on order for the forks.
I also ordered a set of BST 5-spoke wheels with Braketech Axis Iron rotors from our friends at Motowheels. It's going to be a few weeks till they come in also. But I went ahead and got a set of Pirelli Supercorsa SP V2 tires to use on the BST's. These tires alone are about 2 lbs lighter than sport tires I've used in the past. On the BST's this should lighten up the heavy steering of the Monster a bit. Oh yea, I ordered the ceramic bearings for the front wheel. Who could resist.
Last but not least also on order is a Ducabike 4 spring slipper clutch setup. I absolutely hate it when I get into a corner a little hot and start grabbing brakes and downshifting and the rear starts hopping all over the road. That's just scary as all get out. The slippers that came in my KTM's have spoiled me.
This is going to be fun. Is it May yet?