So what's a good upgrade path for a 998?
Not into bling, and I believe the bike has plenty of power, coming off of a S1000RR, which has ridiculous power but not much character... Just another inline 4 IMHO, and it's far too expensive to be just another 4...
70% twisty back roads, 20%track days,10% commuting freeway
I have spent thousands of miles riding the California canyons in LA on a stock 996 in the past, so I am familiar with the handling characteristics. This time around I'd like to do cost effective handing mods to get the most out of the bike.
Started looking into the 27mm offset triple clamps and changing the steering angle to the steeper setting along with an extended swing arm. However some of shazam's posts about loss of stability on bumpy street roads has convinced me otherwise.
Then I started considering upgrading to ohlins forks, but it seems that cartridge inserts may provide better handling for less. Not necessarily ohlins, but I've also heard good things about traxxion dynamics ak20's. But then other posts seems to think that they're really not worth the money unless you're racing. Maybe a ttx rear shock, but is it significantly better than the stock ohlins?
The most positive feedback I've seen is about getting magnesium forged rims. But even here there seem to be significant drawbacks. I do like the looks on the 10 spoke marchesini rims, so perhaps the forged aluminum, but are they worth the minor weight difference?
Maybe the best option is to just have a nice clean stock 998 that I can enjoy... But surely a few mods here or there couldn't hurt..
Help me spend my hard earned cash on my new baby!