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Old 11-04-2006, 12:00 AM   #1
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Suspension Question

I drive a 2000 zx6r and i use it to commute and for trackdays. i believe the suspension has never been adjusted. So my question is... when your on the track, considering using track tires, is your suspension suppose to be tighter or looser on the track. And on the street, considering using street tires, is your suspension set up supposed to be looser or tighter. or is it just preference. how is this compared and whats best. Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2006, 01:16 AM   #2
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For the most part, you are putting your suspension through its paces moreso at the track... so just that alone should require a suspension adjustment.

In all candor, I think that adjusting your suspension for the track and getting it dialed in there (regardless of tires) will be fine for the street. Get the bike feeling good for the track and don't worry about it.
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Old 11-04-2006, 01:22 AM   #3
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just head over to Motorcycle Unlimited and get it adjusted. even if the bikes suspension was adjusted before you owned it, it wasnt adjusted for your weight or riding style.

i think when mine was adjusted it was adjusted for my weight and not so much for my tires.
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Old 11-04-2006, 01:23 AM   #4
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As Jeff said, it will work and function fine on the street if it's properly set up for the track.Track suspension is normally a little on the stiff side for extended street riding, at least that's what it seems like to me.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:32 AM   #5
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after 6 years of commuting and some trackdays I'd suggest a complete 'service' as well. You wouldn't believe how filthy the fluid gets after just a few months. Take it to Metric or Motorcycles Unlimited and have them go through it. While they're in there you can re-spring/race-tech if you have the $$$. Money spent of suspension is IMO the best mod you can do to your bike.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:46 AM   #6
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Another option would be Marcus McBain at RPS. Fluid gets pretty nasty around a year old or maybe 10k miles, plus depending in your weight the springs might need to be replaced with more suitable ones. I dunno how many miles you have on your bike but new seals and valving work might not be a bad idea either.

My suspension was tuned for the track some 23k miles ago, forks rebuilt blah blah... I am overdue on an oil change. The street is kind of bumpy like this but it gives you a more solid feel of the bike leading to more predictable handling vs. mushy stock suspension that I had beforehand.
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If your running stock suspension go ahead and dial it in for the track and ride on the street. It will be a little bumpy but nothing intolerable + you can always soften things up a little if you need to.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:39 AM   #8
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I'm about to go have the crew at Motorcycles Unlimited set up my suspension on the track bike.
I know it was well worth the time for the triumph!
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Old 11-04-2006, 08:31 PM   #9
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A properly set up suspension makes a huge difference...
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Your best bet is to just turn all the knobs randomly until they won't turn any more. Then use pliers and go 1/4 turn futher. Or they make a loud squeak.
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I'm only kidding.. if you don't know how to adjust suspension (and most of us don't) you are better off having it done by a pro for your weight and style,etc.
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:30 AM   #11
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There are a couple of differences between "street" and "track" settings.
Obviously at the track, evreything will be a little stiffer because you are inputting more load into the suspension.
Also the characteristics of the race tires your are running will come more into play. There may also be geometry changes that need to be made depending on the track, riding style etc.

For most street use and track days, a basic setup will go a long way.
From there, if you're at a track day and have a particular issue, we can help "tune it in".

Steve,
Good to see you on the board. I haven't seen you at the track in a while, how have you been?
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