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Old 04-17-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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Suspension Setup

Based on what I have read I really wanted to have Motorcycles Unlimited do my suspension setup for the $25, but as with most things here on the board living in Victoria throws a wrench in it.

Who does the adjustments on trackdays for the orgs assuming there is someone there doing it? I will be at MSRH on the 25th with Ride Smart but wanted to get feedback on whether or not it is worth waiting to take it in to Motorcycles Unlimited. I will be doing a few other trackdays this year but would rather have it setup right on the first trackday instead of getting used to it again the next time out.

I would take it in Friday but I get out of work at 2 then heading to Kemah, which is about a 3 hr drive, to try and get some boots so I don't have to pay to rent them. And then getting through traffic there would be no way to get up to up to Motorcycles Unlimited in time.

I also have a credit with LSTD that I will redeem soon, not sure when though if they have someone that does a really good job with it. Not trying to start a debate with who is better just hoping to get some good insight on what I should do with the setup and where to take it.

Thanks for any input on this!
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:33 AM   #2
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Either route you go with will be fine. Go with what is convenient fir you. The important thing is that you get t done. What is your weight?
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weight right now is about 230. Been hitting the gym pretty regularly and about to start doing a lot of cardio even though I hate it with a passion..
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A good place to do it would probably be at the track with someone who will be there all day to work with you and make additional adjustments.

Not to say Patrick @ Motorcycles Unlimited isn't an excellent guy to go to, but you probably want to try and keep to one suspension tuner, and ideally, you're going to want him at the track with you, to help you zero in on a good set-up.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:47 AM   #5
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For sure get it setup. With your weight, I would say go to the track and have the guy set it up there. You can even drop back by and have him make adjustments all day for the one time price! Patrick knows his ish but if its way out of the way then do the trackside support
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^with all that said you will never set it up perfect at one track and then never touch it again. each track is different. I had mine done during the winter and still dialing it in. have them write your settings down and go test it for a couple laps and then make a lcick here or a click there couple laps and see what it does. but have it set up by a prof first...
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For some odd reason it hadn't even crossed my mind about getting it readjusted right after getting off the track, what a good idea. Thanks.


Anybody had theirs done with Ride Smart? I will try and get in contact with Ciaka or someone at Ride Smart to see who they use and how to find them when I get there.


About how long does this setup take? Will they be out there Friday night to do it or will I have to cut into track time on Saturday to get it done?
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time???? Couple minutes. Once you have you settings written down you can do it on your own. Have Roger (Ride Smart suspension guy) show you whats what and that way you can bring a screwdriver out to the wall do a couple laps see what its doing and then adjust it accordingly. of course you only want to adjust it 1 or 2 clicks at a time. as far as which way does what I will let someone more experienced chime in.
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time???? Couple minutes. Once you have you settings written down you can do it on your own. Have Roger (Ride Smart suspension guy) show you whats what and that way you can bring a screwdriver out to the wall do a couple laps see what its doing and then adjust it accordingly. of course you only want to adjust it 1 or 2 clicks at a time. as far as which way does what I will let someone more experienced chime in.
Freakin awesome, exactly what I was hoping to hear was dreading it was gonna take a while. Can't wait to get out there and have the fast guys and people that know what they're doing tell me what to do
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not quite that easy gray j. Your suspension set up will depend on your riding style. Prolly best to put a zip tie on your fork (tight enough not to move but not tight enough to restrict its movement) then go out and ride a couple sessions. then go to Roger. That allows him to see what it is doing. Rememeber the faster you go the more you will need to adjust your suspension. Right now your suspension might be perfect for your level. Just some things to keep in mind and that may help. Also remember I know nothing about suspension. LOL
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There is a lot of good information to be found on the internet and talking to people on forums.

But now isn't the time to try and make sense of all the things that go into suspension set-up and how a suspension works.

You've done the right thing and that's ask where to go for set-up help. Just wait until you get to the track and have the tuner explain to you what he's doing and why. This way you have a visual along with the explanation.

Trying to get your head around suspension tuning is difficult to begin with, but it makes it easier when you see it being applied.
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:27 PM   #12
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O absolutely, I'm not touching anything until I get there. I have no business messing with it and I know that much lol. Unless I am told something specific to do by him, I'm not gonna chance messing it up.
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