Discussion Starter · #21 ·
Hi CannonBallRunGood evening RD.
Can I make a few suggestions ?
I’ll make a couple of assumptions first because I don’t know how similar the front and rear suspension setups are between your 2010 model and my 2020.
All I’d like to do basically is to make sure you’ve exhausted the following list before you spend a significant amount of money !
No.1 You have preload, compression and rebound adjustment up front.
No.2 You have preload and rebound adjustment only on the rear.
These assumptions are because I’m interested to know whether you’ve tried the approximate set up below for solo riding :
Front tyre pressure as recommended - 36psi
Rear tyre pressure not as recommended - 36/37psi unless carrying a pillion.
(in which case 42psi)
Front compression and preload - significantly lower than recommended for your weight.
Front rebound - at least 1 turn harder than recommended for your weight
Rear preload - one ramp step harder than recommended for your weight.
Rear rebound - at least half a turn harder than recommended for your weight.
Simply doing this to mine has transformed it from a ‘rodeo horse’ to something akin to a decent ride. This is all by my own trial and error over the last few weeks.
My thoughts are that the adjustment to the front end will make it ride more on its ‘nose’’, and those to the rear will control the violent rebound (as standard) that we all experience over bumps, and cut down weight transfer to the rear on acceleration.
I’ve posted about rear tyre pressures elsewhere on the forum to varying degrees of ‘acceptance’ by other members, but I still never stray from the above when riding solo.
Please don’t shoot the messenger but coming from a sportsbike with far more sophisticated suspension (that I also set up myself), the above changes have stopped me from constantly hounding Nitron and feeding my piggy bank !!
PS. My apparent ‘sloppy’ front end setup doesn’t cause the bike to wallow around as you might expect.
I’d thoroughly appreciate your thoughts.
Today so far has been dry with a temp of 12 degrees, so time to get the bike out on a run to test the new suspension settings you gave me. I will say mate, there is some improvement. Riding through sunken drain covers and small potholes on purpose to test it, there was less getting knocked up off the seat. Taking the bends, it did feel different, a little softer I think. For me I did get some confident lean angles going. It's not overall how I would like it, but it is better than it was. Maybe I am expecting too much from the standard suspension. I am now a bit up in the air as to whether to spend quite a few hundred pounds on a new rear shock, or leave it as it is. Might I get that extra better handling with a new shock, probably. Will it be enough of an improvement to warrant spending the money, who knows. I will see next week after sending a couple of messages, what Maxton and Hagon come back with. From what I have read, I am a bit restricted with some shocks fitted with a hydraulic preload system though, as my bike has ABS brakes. Something to do with a part of the ABS system getting in the way at the top of the shock. Thanks again CannonBallRun. John