Well, I've been playing around with the suspenders on the V-Strom. I installed a beautiful custom shock from Wilbers, some European joint, and had ordered some progressively wound fork springs too.
The fork springs I was sent were mistakenly too soft .65 - .85 progressive wind, which averaged out no better and probably worse than the stock .72's. So I had 1.0 rated springs installed, and while the bike behaved great under heavy braking and high cornering speeds, small bumps were sent right through the bars.
Tonight I had set of .75 - .95 progressively wound springs installed with 7.5 weight fork oil, 2mm preload and I've found Nirvana. At last the front matches the (new) rear. It's full of squishy goodness while toodling along, yet gives excellent feedback, and great manners when slicing and dicing.
RMR Suspension, a sponsor of this site, did ALL the dirty work, and were more than excellent to work with. They're still getting their shop sorted, but if you want to really make a difference to your riding, skip the slip-on next time and get your bike properly suspended for you.
I'm gonna go give some mouth-love to the Strom now. :drool