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Old 06-05-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Suspension Setup

I keep hearing the track guys talking about setting the suspension for their bikes, but is this something everyone should do to get a smoother ride? I am up on the north side and I saw a post saying they would do it for like $30 bucks.
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that is about the going rate.. and yes you should get it done... most trackdays have track side support that can do it there. You could swing by Motorcycles unlimited and have Patrick do it for you if you want it done ahead of time.
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that is about the going rate.. and yes you should get it done... most trackdays have track side support that can do it there. You could swing by Motorcycles unlimited and have Patrick do it for you if you want it done ahead of time.
Well I am planning a track day .. just gotta see when I can schedule it. But my question was just about general street riding at this point. Is it something that would smooth the ride on the bike for everyday use. I was riding down Shepard between Washington and 1-10 and then 1-10 and 610 that road is rough as .
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yes. do it. u will notice a difference for sure. Tony at HOP did mine.
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Recommended for everyone riding on the track or street. One of the best choice you will have. Might not feel it on street but when it comes a time you do a TD, you will feel the difference mate.
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Thanks ...when I get back next week after giving Mickey Mouse all my $$ will see about getting it done.
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Well I am planning a track day .. just gotta see when I can schedule it. But my question was just about general street riding at this point. Is it something that would smooth the ride on the bike for everyday use. I was riding down Shepard between Washington and 1-10 and then 1-10 and 610 that road is rough as .
I do that section 5 to 10 times a week, it ain't all that bad. One of the FIRST things you should do is have your suspension set to YOU. If you are getting it set up for track do it with your all your gear on.
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Is it something that would smooth the ride on the bike for everyday use. I was riding down Shepard between Washington and 1-10 and then 1-10 and 610 that road is rough as .
Suspension set up for your weight will help the bike's handling. You're never going to get a soft ride on a sportbike.
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Suspension set up for your weight will help the bike's handling. You're never going to get a soft ride on a sportbike.
Ok so it more of a handling tweak. Its not like setting up shocks for a softer ride

Another noob question...what kind of difference would I notice in handling after setting it to my weight?
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Ok so it more of a handling tweak. Its not like setting up shocks for a softer ride
You can tell them you want a soft ride, but there's only so much they can do, plus it's going to up the handling on the track
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Another noob question...what kind of difference would I notice in handling after setting it to my weight?
If you're an aggressive rider you'll notice a difference
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Rowdy, You cannot do much of suspension setting on your bike in its stock form. Only suspension adjustment you can only do is rear spring preload.

How much do you weigh? >150 lbs, put the preload adjuster on the rear spring to the second notch with your spanner wrench from your tool kit in your rear seat compartment.

Don't worry too much about setting up your suspension on your 300. It's good as-is from the factory and you're still new of a rider. Once you get some seat time and experience on your riding, you could tweak your suspension. I've been riding my 250 stock as-is and it's just fine. You just learn how to cope with it and adjust your riding.

As Bevo and others mentioned, suspension set-up is setting up the bike for your weight. Generally, most bikes are set up for a ~150 lb rider. Hit up Ninjette.org. We have had some interesting suspension discussions as of late. FYI, the 300 is basically the same as 250 except with more power.
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Rowdy, You cannot do much of suspension setting on your bike in its stock form. Only suspension adjustment you can only do is rear spring preload.

How much do you weigh? >150 lbs, put the preload adjuster on the rear spring to the second notch with your spanner wrench from your tool kit in your rear seat compartment.

Don't worry too much about setting up your suspension on your 300. It's good as-is from the factory and you're still new of a rider. Once you get some seat time and experience on your riding, you could tweak your suspension. I've been riding my 250 stock as-is and it's just fine. You just learn how to cope with it and adjust your riding.

As Bevo and others mentioned, suspension set-up is setting up the bike for your weight. Generally, most bikes are set up for a ~150 lb rider. Hit up Ninjette.org. We have had some interesting suspension discussions as of late. FYI, the 300 is basically the same as 250 except with more power.
Yeah I am 235 .. will check it out. When I think suspension I think of travel and ride by shocks/struts like that for a smooth ride. Guess its different on a bike will have to do some more reading.
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Yeah I am 235 .. will check it out. When I think suspension I think of travel and ride by shocks/struts like that for a smooth ride. Guess its different on a bike will have to do some more reading.
I'm not familiar with your bike but supersports and superbikes have adjustments for damping, rebound, and preload; front and rear
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Yeah I am 235 .. will check it out. When I think suspension I think of travel and ride by shocks/struts like that for a smooth ride. Guess its different on a bike will have to do some more reading.
To be frank, just ride your bike as-is with the exception of tire pressure. Make sure your tire pressure is 28f/ 30r. People get all caught up in modding their bikes because they blame the bike for their lack of riding skills.
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I'm not familiar with your bike but supersports and superbikes have adjustments for damping, rebound, and preload; front and rear
The 250/300 has no externally adjustable suspension in the front and only 5 preload settings for the rear shock. That's it. If they want adjust the front preload in the front, they'll have to remove the handle bars, remove the fork caps, and install some kind spacer for the given length needed for proper preload and reinstall.

I'd go more in-depth, but it's not really necessary.
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To be frank, just ride your bike as-is with the exception of tire pressure. Make sure your tire pressure is 28f/ 30r. People get all caught up in modding their bikes because they blame the bike for their lack of riding skills.
Not at all in this case ... my riding skills suck on their own not the bikes fault . That is why I asked the question .. guess I should have read up on it before ... I like doing research was just lazy this morning. I need to mow the grass and do not want to lol.
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The 250/300 has no externally adjustable suspension in the front and only 5 preload settings for the rear shock. That's it. If they want adjust the front preload in the front, they'll have to remove the handle bars, remove the fork caps, and install some kind spacer for the given length needed for proper preload and reinstall.

I'd go more in-depth, but it's not really necessary.
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I realize his bike doesn't have all 3 adjustments
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