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Old 06-12-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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Suspension Tuning - FZ1-type riders

So, I know people complained about the 01 fz1 that the suspension can't be tightened enough... but I'm wondering; how tight do you normally set your suspension when you are NOT on the track?

Mine is set to full-on tight - performance is very predictably stable, but it really does seem harsh. Am I going to endanger myself by softening up the bumps a little on this thing?

Man, if I mis-throttle on a shift, I can really feel it because it's set so stiff. Now, maybe, since I'm not a particularly heavy, it's just not tuned to me.

I softened the front a bit, but Motorcycles Unlimited guys stiffened it back up when they repaired my front end, so I'm thinking maybe I'm crazy for not liking the harshness of it?

So what's the scoop on this? Do you all change your suspension depending on which kind of riding you're going to do?

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Old 06-12-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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i dont mess with my own suspension. just take to patrick

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Old 06-12-2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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Suspension set-ups are a begeinning point - the guys @ Motorcycles Unlimited will tell you that. Experiment with it - keep good records - only change one thing at a time and ride it. Be patient - it may take a while to get it where you want it. Record where it is when you start (all the settings) you can always put it back.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
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Absolutely, particularly since you are a big guy. I am as well at 6'6" and 295. It's keenly important to properly set the sags on the bike. If you ever bottom out the shock or forks, you run the risk of immediately losing traction at that end of the bike.

Additionally, if the rebound/compression ratio is not set properly, the suspension can "jack down" during a series of bumps again causing you to lose traction when it bottoms out or worse, break something.

And one last thing, rebound is particularly important on the bike. If the shock rebound is set too stiff, it can allow the rear to unload and spin the tire.

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Track setup is too stiff for the roads around here, IMHO. I run mine soft enough to soak up the bumps, but stiff enough not to bottom on the big stuff or high speed.

Suspension is there for a reason, to soak up the bumps and keep the bike stable and the wheels planted; if it is too stiff it isn't working right, and CAN spit you off.

I am not an expert (and did not sleep in a Holiday Inn last night), but if you want some help let me know.
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As Radar said, your best bet may be to let us set it up for you, and then if necessary you can fine tune it a bit.
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