Back in September MX Vice took the trip to Doncaster to spend the day with the guys from K-Tech Suspension who were showcasing their range of off-road products on one of the most demanding tracks in the UK, Fat Cat Motoparc.
Riders of all abilities were present to try out the full spectrum of K-Tech’s off-road offerings, including British Championship regulars Jake Millward, Nathan Dixon and Luke Burton, who has been using the ORVS suspension all year on his way to the 2020 AMCA MX1 championship aboard his Geartec Honda!
With the industry moving more toward cone valves and air suspension over the last 5-10 years it has seen the costs of maintaining (and setting up) suspension for the average rider increase significantly. K-Tech have therefore introduced two products, designed to either improve performance of a system or replace a system. Both the Off-Road Valve System (ORVS) and Off-Road Spring System (ORSS) are more affordable option for those looking to convert their existing suspension.
The Off-Road Spring System (ORSS) is available for the WP (AER) and Showa (SAFF / TAC) front forks fitted to the Honda, Kawasaki, KTM and Suzuki off road motorcycles.
The ORSS replaces the Air Spring system with a conventional spring system that can be set to the riders weight and riding style and eliminate the friction in direction change created by the high air pressure of these OEM fork systems.
Maintaining all the hard parts of your stock suspension but updating all the internals of the forks and shocks, the K-tech offerings introduce the spring/ valve to the forks, and a bladder conversion of the rear shock, giving the rider a complete upgrade to their suspension performance for less than the price of a new TRAX shock.
The company has seen incredible success in global road racing for nearly 30 years, and with their pedigree in road-racing suspension unrivalled, you may be surprised to hear it’s the off-road market where they are seeing real growth in 2020.
Michael Hancock, K-Tech’s lead suspension technician, comes from a motocross background so he knows the requirements of off-road suspension, and he knows the company inside outside and sees every product that comes into the workshop for service or setup, so he’s seen first hand the growth in the off-road market
“I would say at one time it was probably 65/35 in favour of road suspension, but we’re now seeing a growth in off-road through the work we’ve done for both motocross and enduro bikes.”
And he’s right, the investment K-tech have put into off-road technology isn’t limited just to motocross, the company also provide ORVS conversion kits for the XPLOR forks.
Speaking with riders throughout the day it was clear that K-tech are moving in the right direction too. A number of riders, many of whom have considered the move back to a spring fork, commented on the suppleness of the ORSS system, proving it’s a cost effective product for those riders wanting an easier, more adaptable spring system instead of the stock air forks.
Looking ahead to 2021, K-tech have already invested heavily over the past two years in getting their wide portfolio of products available through their online store. https://store.ktechsuspension.com/ The move toward direct sales has allowed them to react to stock requirements quicker, whilst also ensuring their network of authorised dealers have the products they need at all times.
Looking for a Black Friday Bargain? Enter the code MXVICE20 at checkout on https://store.ktechsuspension.com/ for 10% off your order!
If adventure biking is your thing K-Tech have announced two separate test days to celebrate the end of lockdown and the success of their new suspension upgrades for the Yamaha XTZ700 Tenere
Taking place at the Mick Extance Off-road Experience on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th December. The cost is £60 per person, and to supplement this they are giving all attendees 10% discount on anything they purchase from K-tech.
For further details contact [email protected] or phone 01283 559000