Suspension setup advice
Hi guys, I've been lurking and searching this forum for a while now, and though I'd finally say hello and post. Thanks to this kick arse site I bought a 2005 ZX10R Titanium colour :), and what can I say.... what an awsome machine... its got some monster power.
I've been going up to the mountain roads recently, which can be bumpy at times, and whenever I entered a corner it would just feel real unstable.. wobbling around.... I couldn't keep a straight line no matter what. I checked the tire pressure and the front was below 30 and rear around 34. Now I am on stock tires, and I upped the pressure to 36/37 the other day. I will upgrade the tires once I get some cash.
It rained for a few days so pissed at this unsable handling that inspired no confidence I decided to set my sag with rider.
My weight: 214pounds with gear
- Front sag was 5 lines showing which was like way over 40mm sag. I adjusted it to barely 2 lines showing and got it down to 34.5mm
Does this sound about right?
-The standard rear sag gave me 30mm so I left that as is....
- Front compression damping i backed to 11 from fully hard to prevent harshness. Original was 7
- Front rebound I set to 7 from fully turned... Original being 9 is this ok?
- Rear compression damping I set to 5 turns (Original 3) out as I have heard that it is too harsh... which might be causing my bobbing around as soon as i hit bumps.
-Rear rebound I set to 1 turn(Originally 1 3/4) to prevent it from coming back too fast and creating more bobbing.
Now I went for a ride before... couldn't really test it out as it started to rain AGAIN, but i feel that now the front does not dip down so much.. which before was causing me to slide down and force me onto the tank and bars with heavy braking. I think its much more more neutral feeling now which i like. I am worried that it is too much preload.
I did not try and heavy braking but it seems there is 1 1/2 inches of fork travel left.. so that might go to 1 inch with some high speed braking. Does my preload sound right? The front is a lot tighter now but not harsh for me at all. I didn't really get to any corners, but I might take some force to dip into the corners in more.. again i might just be tripping out.. I will test on a better day, but if is the case, what could be done to better this? I think it will be much better at holding a line now though... still yet to test...
Please feel free to comment on my rebound and damping settings guys! Thanks for the forum. Later!