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Old 12-19-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
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Questions on new suspension

I'm getting a new suspension installed on the bike ('08 gixxer 1k) and plan to track it on Friday. Given that I'm 285 or so and was on a stock suspension, I imagine the new suspension is going to be comparatively very stiff.

Anybody gone through this before? I'm hearing that it's going to be a radically different ride now. I'm a little cautious since moving to a very stiff suspension in a car equates to the car performing much better but, at the same time, being much less forgiving. Less forgiving on the bike could be a painful experience.

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Old 12-19-2007, 08:07 PM   #2
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Stiffer maybe.

Good suspension will smooth those annoying little bumps out!

Enjoy!
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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It will be more forgiving. Don't worry.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:35 AM   #4
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All depends on how you setup it up.

I raced on an endurance team years ago, where their SV's suspension was so soft that going over wheelie hill at TWS (Texas World Speedway) was almost unnoticeable... and it had either race tech or ohlins.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:40 AM   #5
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You are going to love it Curt. Give it a few session sto get used to the new set up and you'll be rolling with more confidence than before. You ARE going to feel a lot of different sensations as you will actually be able to feel wha tis going on under the front and should get considerably more feel from the rear. Just take the time to feel and interepret thte new sensations and the bike should talk to you more now. Souldn't be harsh........
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:06 AM   #6
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The bike is going to be taller - may feel weird first time you sit on it, but shouldn't be nearly as noticeable once you get rolling and get your feet up on the pegs.
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:36 AM   #7
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i went with ohlins front and rear also.....HUGE difference over stock. you will love it, no doubt.

it sure is a different feeling.....but it's a good difference, best mod you'll ever do for track purposes.
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Buck - I plan to be there Friday. We'll see about Sunday.... still need to Christmas shop !!
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I'm getting a new suspension installed on the bike ('08 gixxer 1k) and plan to track it on Friday. Given that I'm 285 or so and was on a stock suspension, I imagine the new suspension is going to be comparatively very stiff.

Anybody gone through this before? I'm hearing that it's going to be a radically different ride now. I'm a little cautious since moving to a very stiff suspension in a car equates to the car performing much better but, at the same time, being much less forgiving. Less forgiving on the bike could be a painful experience.

Comments appreciated.
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Stiffer is good for your size, but don't forget to have someone knowledgeable to help you with the damping and compression settings, both high and low speed. These adjustments will help you keep the bike "planted" and give you the feel Buck is referring to. Also I hope the person that "stiffened" up your suspension has an idea the weight oil needed in the front end. Take it slow and easy, get used to it and when things are sorted, you should be MUCH faster and planted in the corners and won't need to "blow away" anyone on the straights and then have them catch you in the corners........
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:46 PM   #10
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Get a bike with some real horsepower and you can go fast on the straightaways too. ba ha ha ha.

Hope you are feeling better, Randy!!
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man i saw your biek today when they got some of it one there...


****ING SICK!

so, since i cant drive the car.... Can i take the bike around the track? i've never ridden on ohlins.
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Old 12-21-2007, 02:24 AM   #12
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NICE!!!

I assume Motorcycles Unlimited is doing the work?
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man i saw your biek today when they got some of it one there...


****ING SICK!

so, since i cant drive the car.... Can i take the bike around the track? i've never ridden on ohlins.
, my keyboard musta been broke..

i meant..

"man i saw your bike today when they got some of it on there... "
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Get a bike with some real horsepower and you can go fast on the straightaways too. ba ha ha ha.

Hope you are feeling better, Randy!!

Thanks Curt;
Doing better each day, should be able to get out and ride in a month or so, If you need some assistance in the future (after January) I would be happy to assist in anyway I can. Good Luck with your new "legs" on the bike.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:03 PM   #15
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That musta been you I seen at Motorcycles Unlimited the other day picking up your 1K.
Congrats on the new suspension man! I'm sure you'll love it considering who set it up.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:44 PM   #16
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It's great so far. really transformed the bike.
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