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Old 02-22-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
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Suspension question for you endurance racers

How do you guys go about setting your bikes suspension up in a way to acomodate the varying weights and riding styles of each rider?? Never really thought of it in those terms, but the more i am watching/reading about suspension setups the more i relize it can vary greatly from rider to rider.

How in the do you guys change riders and keep each rider and the bike happy?? Just a happy medium for each persons needs?
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:11 AM   #2
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Get teammates that are all the same weight
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:39 AM   #3
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How do you guys go about setting your bikes suspension up in a way to acomodate the varying weights and riding styles of each rider?? Never really thought of it in those terms, but the more i am watching/reading about suspension setups the more i relize it can vary greatly from rider to rider.

How in the do you guys change riders and keep each rider and the bike happy?? Just a happy medium for each persons needs?
Most of the time, you learn to ride around the suspension if there are any issues, but the easiest remedy is to have teammates that are pretty close in weight.

The differences in "personal" suspension settings are a compromise.

On my endurance team, I probably out-weigh two of my teammates by 50-75 lbs, but that bike is the best handling bike I've ever ridden, and they feel the same way. It's a bit soft for me, but the compression/ damping/ preload/ etc works well for all of us. I just try to ride a bit more smoothly to compensate for the softer springs.

Not much of an issue IMHO, just adapt the best you can.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:18 AM   #4
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if ya want happiness, ditch all your women, sell your bikes and all of your posessions and buy a dog.
but on the LSTD team, the first thing we do is hire someone competent to build the suspension components.
i would use jimmy at raceworx,patrick at motorcycles unlimited, or keith hertell in san antonio.
any of them know how to get you to a nice baseline that should be race-ready.
after that, get a little sticker to place on your gas tank with the letters RTFM.
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we set it up for the fastest guys, and last year the other two fat guys where my weight, the other two on the team where heavier but it still worked for them
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Yea, we usually set it up for the fastest guy.
Then tune till we get a good compromise which is (usually) easy to do. Even w/ some guys being 80 pounds different.
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