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Old 04-29-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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suspension set-up

After read so much on getting your suspension set up i was wondering if i need one. Im not sure anything can be adjusted on my bike. I think maybe rebound in the rear but thats it.
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Motorcycles Unlimited is literally the other side of the city for me...

Is there anywhere closer? :/
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:24 PM   #4
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yea but what can they adjust on my bike. Thats what i was wondering
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:27 PM   #5
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I think Andy at Metric does suspension setups. Motorcycles Unlimited did mine and it was night and day....still need to get the GSXR over there....it would make for smoother TD's.
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Motorcycles Unlimited is literally the other side of the city for me...

Is there anywhere closer? :/
from westheimer and kirkwood, bout 30 min ride.

i live over by 59 and beltway, and i drive to work everyday. my shop is about 5 minutes past Motorcycles Unlimited, it's not that far.


suspension setups are like haircuts.....you can go around and get it cut anywhere, but wouldn't you rather go to the place that has a good rep and have been known to do good work? good thing bout hair is it grows back and you can go somewhere else next.....bad thing about suspension, if they set it all jacked up....you might not be around to find another place
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yea but what can they adjust on my bike. Thats what i was wondering

Yeah I'm wondering that too, pardon the noobishness of the question. And is this mainly track related or will you benefit from commute riding too?
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Yeah I'm wondering that too, pardon the noobishness of the question. And is this mainly track related or will you benefit from commute riding too?
benefits will be from street and track. suspension setups also have impact on tire wear. an improper suspension set up can cause premature wear....and there are many more bumps on the road than the track....so having a balanced chassis is important when going over some of those bumps.

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your suspension is set up soft....a car pulls out in front of you and you are hard on the brakes and the suspension is bottomed out. a pothole comes out of no where and you have no choice but to run through it. guess what? no more suspension travel, so what else absorbs the bump? the tire and the chassis...which could lead to a scenario with a bad ending.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:16 PM   #10
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I wonder then how you know if you suspension is right...take it to an expert and have them check it? Prolly so

I'll be heading up that way to drop my bike off to get painted, so I think maybe I'll roll in a little early and have Motorcycles Unlimited take a look.


Still a couple weeks out from riding I guess, start therapy on Thursday so prolly at least a week from then before I can get on the bike.

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Just about all you can do on a GS500 is preload on the front (some models) and some rebound on the shock (iirc). Not much there. But, what you can do is adjust ride height (if needed, and forks only) and make some changes on what little adjustment is there- Motorcycles Unlimited will make a difference for you there

A lot of folks are doing aftermarket shocks and fork swaps on those bikes. They already handle pretty dern good, and the suspension upgrade bits make them even better.

If it were my bike, I'd do the springs and Racetech emulators on the front with a different oil viscosity, then an aftermarket shock. That'd make it handle like a MotoGP bike!













































































Well, like a MotoGP pit bike maybe...
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TX-Zen w the Katana... check your manual...

front suspension has dampening adjustment only, no rebound nor spring rate.

Rear suspension has spring rate(changes rear height too) and dampening.

Basic set-ups are in the manual based on one-two up.


on a supersport or sportbike where springrate and rebounds are adjustable Motorcycles Unlimited will ask how you ride and set it to your weight and size accordingly. I recommend them always.
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yea but what can they adjust on my bike. Thats what i was wondering

Unfortunately there's not much to adjust on your bike.
Comer by and I'll show you how to set your rear shock preload, no charge.
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