Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
1. Stay with the 190/50 rear tire size. Put on new tires before mucking around with suspension at all.
2. For street riding, adjust front preload so as to achieve 35mm rider-aboard sag, adjust rear preload to achieve 30mm rider-aboard sag. For track riding, take 5mm off both of those. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point.
3. Set the front ride height to give the most neutral turn-in response. If you have to hold the bike down in a corner (and you are hanging-off in the corner), you need to lower the front ride height by sliding the forks up in the triple clamps. 3~5mm lowering is not uncommon to get it to feel right. Don't change ride height by more than that. It is also possible to do this by raising the rear rather than lowering the front - the good thing is that a higher bike has more cornering clearance - the bad thing is that a higher bike has a higher center of gravity and will want to wheelie more, which is fine for stunting but not for getting the power to the ground.
4. Damping settings have to be done more-or-less by feel.
Helibars, MRA screen, Ohlins damper, reversed shift pattern, sorted suspension, braided lines, Michelin Pilot Power, all else stock 'coz it's fast enough!