January 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm #26708FaNaTicParticipant
The Vitpilen is a very good base for a light weight track bike.
I start this topic so that everyone put his track and race pictures or mods of the bike (clip-ons, rear sets, shocks, fork cartridges, …).
I begin tuning my Vit only in the next weeks and racing in few months.
So it’s up to you to post here (Kev212, Buddah, Tori, …) !
Thank you.January 14, 2020 at 8:49 pm #26709wolfie109Participant
Hi, I recently purchased a Vit 701 and I am planning on racing it on the East Coast. Haven’t decided on suspension or mods as of yet, so I will be paying attention to this thread.January 14, 2020 at 10:33 pm #26713
Following this. I’m not a track guy, but seriously interested as my backyard has some of the best canyon roads on the West Coast and I may run into the same things as track people do….(tires, ground clearance, suspension, brakes)
January 15, 2020 at 10:27 am #26719M701Participant
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Very interesting topic.
I’ve been on track last season and I’m looking forward for next season to come.
It was great fun!
I’m running on a stock vit!
I wasn’t really happy about tires though. Do you guys run on the stock Battlax? If so, what tire pressure?
Thanks!January 15, 2020 at 3:52 pm #26725SquirrelParticipant
As far as suspension upgrades go, Fast Bike Industries just finished up the Andreani fork cartridge specs, their owner has a Vitpilen 701 so they spent extra time working out the specs. It is not going to be an off the shelf repackaged KTM cartridge. I should have the first set in the next week or two.
Fast Bike also has Nitron rear shocks available(Nitron Rear Shocks), I went with the NTR R2 shock. They are also working with Nitron on a TVT 22mm cartridge setup but that wasn’t going to be available for a bit (not to mention I didn’t need anything more than the Andreani offers at the moment).
If you give them call, talk to Burch and he can get you squared away.
Attached are pics of where they mounted the reservoir for the rear shock. I’ll also update this thread with more pics etc when I get the parts in.
EJanuary 21, 2020 at 6:16 pm #26922
For those needing more ground clearance, these pegs from Ebay are worth a try. I found them them to lift the pegs high enough to properly clear my boots from the blacktop in street riding.
The shifter and brake lever left enough room to readjusted afterwards.January 21, 2020 at 6:55 pm #26931elfixParticipant
I take delivery of my new-to-me 2019 next week. I race a Ducati 848 and may just have to take the Vit to the track for fun. Has anyone tried to convert the Vitpilen to GP shift? It appears the rocker on the shift shaft would just need to be reversed and the linkage lengthened.January 21, 2020 at 8:53 pm #26932
I read a post here from someone who did that. As far as I know you need to be a bit creative because the rod can get in the way of the rearset. Check out this thread.February 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm #27458wolfie109Participant
Have you installed the front suspension yet, if so how is it?April 5, 2020 at 10:15 am #28351NampusParticipant
Curious about the suspension as well. I’ve got about 3000km’s on my bike now, and am not very impressed with the forks. I’ve got no rebound damping at all. Closed the adjuster all the way clockwise, and when I push down on the bars with the front brake on, then release the pressure from the bars, the bike springs back up all the way to the stop as if there is no damping at all, before dropping down to it’s static sag level again.
I’m contemplating trying a thicker fork oil in the compression leg to see if that improves it.April 8, 2020 at 7:23 am #28391FaNaTicParticipant
I totally agree with you. This fork is not damped enough. When you squeeze the brake, it plunges dramatically.
I will change too for a thicker oil (both legs for me) and for stiffer springs.
Does anyone know where to find such springs ?
And the opposite is true for the rear shock. The spring is far too strong in my opinion.April 8, 2020 at 8:34 am #28392NampusParticipant
The rear spring is a weird one indeed. I’ve been looking at Duke 690R shocks, they come with a 70 or 80 Nm/mm spring as standard. While the stock spring on the Vit is 110 Nm/mm
And looking at the seating position, I’d say you’ve got less weight on the rear on the Vit compared to the Duke.
In my previous post I mentioned putting heavier oil in the compression leg, but I meant rebound leg.
I need heavier springs up front as well, I’m at 58mm rider sag, wearing jeans and shirt. So probably nearer 60mm in full riding gear.
To reduce the fork dive, you could also look into putting in a bit more oil compared to stock to reduce the air gap a little.
Manual says 485ml per leg, you could try 500.April 9, 2020 at 1:18 pm #28404KPParticipant
I work for Cogent Dynamics & recently purchased a Vitpilen 701 as my personal bike. We will be developing a rear shock for the Vitpilen 701 in the next couple weeks. Fork upgrades will follow.
KenApril 9, 2020 at 4:59 pm #28412
Interesting @KP , I come from the DR650 world and only heard good stories about Cogent.
tnx!April 9, 2020 at 11:31 pm #28420KPParticipant
I’m glad you have heard good things about Cogent. The DR650 is one of our most popular shocks we build. Ive got about 800 miles on my Vitpilen so far & love it, it’s a great bike for the roads around Western North Carolina. I should have time next week to pull the shock out & start working on a replacement.
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