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Lee’s Cycle 08-09 Honda CBR1000 Rear Link review

Having ridden my 08 CBR1000 on the track for over 12,000 miles, I have a pretty good idea of what the CBR does well and what can be improved. In the rear suspension department, I felt that the rear could either be adjusted for grip or turning, but not quite both. I’ve used the stock shock, an Ohlins TTX and just lately, a factory kit Showa shock and all 3 ended up with the same characteristics I described earlier, just at different levels.

Enter the Lees’s Cycle rear suspension link. Lees’s Cycle in San Diego is quickly becoming one of the leaders in CBR performance and development, so when Jeremy Toye (owner of Lees Cycle) offered to send me a new link to try, I jumped at the chance. The link has been designed with his input as well as other Pro riders and is a 15 minute bolt on affair. It uses factory Honda bearings and comes ready to bolt on.

I installed the link with the only adjustment being resetting my resting ride height to the same height as the stock link. Installing the link raises the rear of the bike approximately 15mm at the rear axle and to get a fair comparison, resetting the ride height to the same level is the way to compare apples to apples.

I rode the bike at Thunderhill with no other suspension changes and right off the bat noticed a difference when opening the throttle to initiate my drives. I could add WAY more throttle earlier and the bike accelerated staying right on line. Not only could I accelerate earlier and harder, I also noticed much less of a tendency for the bike to wheelie. This came to be really a huge deal accelerating over the top of Turn 9 where the track drops away and the bike really wants to pull the front end off the ground. Being able to get really greedy with the throttle saw the bike accelerate with the front end on the ground and I ultimately picked up 400 rpms at my shut-off point for turn 10!

Later in the day, I messed around with a few suspension changes to see how it would react and I ended up taking a little spring out of the shock as well as adding a little bit of compression. What that did was to give me even more grip, better tire wear and still kept the bike in the sweet spot I liked.

So is this a must have? For $200 I think for sure. The bike was easier to ride, held its line better at a bigger throttle setting and it looks like you will be able to run a softer shock setting to get better tire life. I know I am not giving mine back….

Ken Hill
 

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Ken, thanks for the heads-up and review!

A while back, you had mentioned that you thought the stock suspension was really good, and benefited from being revalved & sprung properly. You suggested a suspension shop in Roseville if I recall. Is this still your position, and if so, do you have the name of that shop, or does Lee's do suspension work as well?
 

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Ken, thanks for the heads-up and review!

A while back, you had mentioned that you thought the stock suspension was really good, and benefited from being revalved & sprung properly. You suggested a suspension shop in Roseville if I recall. Is this still your position, and if so, do you have the name of that shop, or does Lee's do suspension work as well?
The stock suspension does work really well! The forks could use a little work and the rear shock works great until it gets hot. Mike Canfield who did all the development work with me, moved on to open his own shop and can be reached at: [email protected]

Lee's also does suspension work, although I'm not sure what they have for the stock forks and shock. I can try and find out.


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The stock suspension does work really well! The forks could use a little work and the rear shock works great until it gets hot. Mike Canfield who did all the development work with me, moved on to open his own shop and can be reached at: [email protected]

Lee's also does suspension work, although I'm not sure what they have for the stock forks and shock. I can try and find out.


Ken
Thanks again Ken, for the valuable advice!
 

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Thanks for info.. Any pics? I haven't had mine on the track yet but I know I need to do something soon. I'm having some issues that I'm riding around right now. I tweaked the stock suspension the best I could but at 250 lbs with gear and running Heli-bars, I don't see it getting any better till I spend some money.
 

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So installing this link you have to lower the rear shock to have the same ride height...Can you give out some numbers? How many mm did you have to lower it to maintain the same height?
 

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Good write up for sure and something so small makes that big of a difference is worth looking at.
 

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Thanks. I think the manufacturer of the link should give that info out to whoever purchases the link, it is essential from what i understand.
 

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In the spirit of full disclosure, are they a sponsor of yours? Did they pay you to test it?

Also, pictures of it would be great :D
 
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