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Old 04-20-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
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Question Bouncy ride?

Noticed today that the back of my bike is hopping alot more than it used to. Hit a bump and the back tire near shoots me off. I rise up like they teach you @ the MSF and the back tire almost came off the ground on Bay area and 45.

Even when cruising on a street I noticed every dip. The ride is really rocky.

Do I adjust the spring or should I just leave that to the professionals?
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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First check your tire pressure and make sure nothing is loose. Then i'd consider taking it to Motorcycles Unlimited to have them take a look and help ya out.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:22 PM   #4
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Low tire pressure or a shot shock/spring, maybe swing arm bearings
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:25 PM   #5
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still bs'in on the zzr600. The buyer is stalling and I am not gonna miss out on great weather. If I do anything else to it I am just gonna keep it. Dude is with my time and its making me I'm at why he is stalling. I keep him but he is being a :
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Don't mess with the spring. Most likely a damping issue. You can't change spring rate without changing springs. Playing with spring preload has to do with sag and ride height, not the amount of pressure the spring exerts against the ground. Check tire pressures first. If you haven't personally and recently messed around with the compression and/or rebound damping settings on your shock, I'd have it looked at.
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Sounds like a plan. I really just wanna learn how to do my own stuff ya know? but I will have it looked at asap
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If you have the service manual with the recommended settings, do it yourself. No use in going to a chop and having them do it. Then if it's still isn't the way you want it, search online for suspension setups...there are MANY videos and websites dedicated to it and all of it you can do with some pretty basic tools.

If after all that you still don't like it, I'd take it to Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited also...he's supposedly the best around town for suspension. But it never hurts to try it out on your own.
I agree, and probably wasn't clear.

If you have not personally changed anything on the bike recently , I.E. messed with pressures, compression and/or rebound adjustments etc. and the bike started doing this on its own, then there may well be a problem that you should have checked out.

If you have a bike that just started doing it AFTER you jacked with something and need help getting it manageable, that's something different and can be 'tried at home."

When something works great on Tuesday and for no good reason works differently on Wednesday and you haven't changed anything, it might just be broke
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Sounds like a plan. I really just wanna learn how to do my own stuff ya know? but I will have it looked at asap

I def understand this point & I do everything I can for myself ( I'm a mechanic) but suspension is best left to the pros. Not something u wanna go and mess up worse
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