Part of the belly-bashing was due to the non-adjustable suspension, which in stock trim is set soft for a smooth highway ride. For a quick and easy-and, at $200, cheap-fix, McNeil visited Aftershocks Suspension Experts in Livermore, California. There, lead shock doctor Phil Douglas added spacers to increase spring preload and drilled a few additional orifices to improve damping in the 45mm Marzocchi fork. While this made the handling noticeably better, helping the front tire bite and carve turns, the fork (and shock) still blows through the stroke too quickly and frequently bottoms out. A better solution-which admittedly would more than double our budget-would be to install cartridge inserts in the fork and replace the stock shock with a higher-quality one from Öhlins or Race Tech.