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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Honda CR / CRF / Africa Twin 1000 => Topic started by: Scooterbike on September 30, 2016, 09:52:29 am

Title: New AT Suspension setup
Post by: Scooterbike on September 30, 2016, 09:52:29 am
I have done the google thing, and there is not much on the interweb about adjusting the AT suspension. However the general consensus is that rider sag need to be 33% (1/3) of the total travel. This apparently makes a huge difference in the handling, which is already good...
Rear travel = 220mm i.e rider sag to be +-74mm;
Front travel = 230mm i.e rider sag to be +-77mm;

I am 80kg without any add-ons.
checking my rider sag on the factory settings I got +-86mm front and back (39%). I have now turned up the preload to 15 turns front (std 5) and 25 clicks rear (std 7). Now my rider sag is 80mm front and 77mm rear, which is 35% vs the ideal 33% of total travel. Will be testing it this weekend at Cederberg and see how it goes.
Title: Re: New AT Suspension setup
Post by: IanTheTooth on September 30, 2016, 10:00:31 am
Very impressed to hear that you can adjust preload with a graduated clicker, especially on the forks. Preload has usually involved a spanner and a ruler on my bikes!
Title: Re: New AT Suspension setup
Post by: Scooterbike on October 05, 2016, 02:24:42 pm
Been through Cederberg this weekend. Very happy so far with above setup. no bottoming out on small jumps. Feel very confident on the bike.
This is development in progress and will post new finding again.
Title: Re: New AT Suspension setup
Post by: arrowfeather on October 06, 2016, 11:33:33 am
i'm suspecting my dampening needs adjustment..... feels like I have a second @bounce@ going thru dips...
Title: Re: New AT Suspension setup
Post by: yogidabear on October 06, 2016, 08:47:31 pm
Thank you @Scooterbike as I have also been playing around but not to the same extent. Just gave the rear preload a few twists say 3 clicks in and nothing to the front. Already the ship sensation of floating has decreased and will experiment more. 92kg in my birthday suit
Title: Re: New AT Suspension setup
Post by: JonnyP on March 06, 2017, 07:57:47 am
I have searched all over regarding the suspension, but on Advrider most is replacing the rear spring.

The problem is if I have a pillion the rear is too soft and sags too much, but please let me be clear about one thing:

The pillions are all reasonably light and I am the fat ass at 115kg.
So do you guys also have this problem? I have adjusted the preload and still too soft only when having a pillion on the back.

Please advise 
Title: Re: New AT Suspension setup
Post by: dadrob on March 06, 2017, 08:16:43 pm
i tried to count the clicks on the rear - but got lost - twice - seems a bit vague

I guess I am somewhere 23 - 25 at the moment - for when I have a pillion

I am an additional 5 revs out on the front preload - and half a turn on the compression ...

seems fine - a little firm but I'm going to leave it where it is for now - will fiddle again once I change the tires .. for now they are the stock ones and I cant say I am confident in the wet in town on them - highway they seem fine ... but we will see