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Suspension settings for dummies AT 2016
« on: June 29, 2016, 07:23:31 am »
Greetings all .
Been trying to figure out the various suspension settings for my new bike .
Looking at the manual that the bike came with under each adjustment (preload , damping and compression ) the book says use the adjuster to suit load and road surface .
Now coming from bikes where I have not been faced with these options , what am I looking at ?
As the title says some help for this dummie in plain english would be most appreciated .
Firstly what does each adjustment actually do in regards to load and road surface ?
Secondly a real world situation or a few examples would be great .
For instance lets take my example - I am 74kg - riding to work and back on tar roads what would be optimal settings ? ( for lack of a start point lets make this the start point , adjustments from here up and down )
                                              - If I add a pillion where would I look at adjusting - front and back -preload  ,damping ,compression  ( road riding ) ? lets call the pillion 60kg
                                               - If I intend to do dirt riding without pillion what adjustments could I make from my original road riding position ?
                                               - again the above but with a pillion
                                               - lastly pillion with +30kg camping and gear - road and dirt
Possibly from here one could include adjustments for more technical terrain - rocks , soft sand etc 
Thanks and happy riding

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Re: Suspension settings for dummies AT 2016
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2016, 11:26:29 am »
why are we waiting :sip:
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Re: Suspension settings for dummies AT 2016
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2016, 11:01:11 am »
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Re: Suspension settings for dummies AT 2016
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2016, 11:28:05 am »
Strange thing in life...give a man 3 settings and he will go figure it out...give him 35 and he is hopeless...

Give him one book and he might go and read it....give him 10 & no chance in hell he will ever get to reading one...

Give him a cd and he will go listen....give him 50 on a memstick & he goes and listens to the old one he has in his car...
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Re: Suspension settings for dummies AT 2016
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2016, 11:13:13 pm »
ha ha not quite sure what you are on about . Have you figured it out LouisL ?
Here is some good reading I have come across - wading my way through this
http://motorbikewriter.com/set-motorcycle-suspension/
http://www.sportrider.com/technicalities-rebound-damping

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Re: Suspension settings for dummies AT 2016
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2017, 09:02:27 am »
Strange thing in life...give a man 3 settings and he will go figure it out...give him 35 and he is hopeless...

Give him one book and he might go and read it....give him 10 & no chance in hell he will ever get to reading one...

Give him a cd and he will go listen....give him 50 on a memstick & he goes and listens to the old one he has in his car...

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