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Old 05-30-2008, 10:26 PM   #1
Ronnie H.
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Suspension tips

1. Set it up for your your weight. Proper sag is critical!

Don't know how? Start here:

Print off the first 5 pages and use as a reference. If you are still a bit intimidated, visit a competent motorcycle shop and ask for assistance. Setting the sag is very similar to getting sized for shoes. The right size makes all the difference!!

If you are too heavy or too light to get the numbers in the desired range change the springs. Unless you've the tools, let a competent shop handle this for you. Motorcycles Unlimited or Metric Motorcycles would be a good place to start!

2. Keep it fresh! Fork fluid should be changed every 2-3 years. Be prepared to buy new bushings if needed.

3. The rear shock should be bled down and recharged every 5-7 years.

4. Grease those shock linkages! Friction is bad!

Also, as your motorcycle ages, you will have to make adjustments to the sag numbers. Springs age with time. If your bike is 5+ years old and doesn't feel like new any longer, check your static sag measurements. Be prepared to purchase new springs.

Just the random thoughts of an owner of a 7+ year old motorcycle that actually feels and rides better than it did when it was new.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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Great info. Thank you!
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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03 600rr--> sold

i think Patrick does it for $25...i rather do that so ill be sure it was done by a pro

on the other hand it good foe the ppl that like to do stuff themselfs
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:19 PM   #4
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Heck, just having the descriptions of the impact of adjustments makes this good reading.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:54 AM   #5
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Even if you pay someone to do the work, learn what the various adjustments are for, because you need to do some fine tuning to suit you.
A wise man once told me: "No matter how fine she is, just remember. Somewhere, someone is tired of her !"
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