View Full Version : Suspension help
01-17-2006, 10:51 AM
Anyone have any suggestions for showa fork and sachs rear suspension settings on an 04 RSV? I'm 6'4' and 250lbs in full riding gear. I've got my static sag set, before I start farting around with rebound and compression dampening, I'd like to know if anyone has a good place to start or had results that worked for them.
01-17-2006, 11:29 AM
So when you say you've got your static sag set, what do you mean by that?
For the fork, do you have the 20-25mm or so of free sag- just the bike by itself? Then when you climb on, does it go to a total of about 30-35mm?
And in the rear, does it sag about 10-15mm by itself, then go to a total of about 30 or so mm when you climb on board?
To be honest, if you've got stock springs, I doubt you'll get the right sag numbers...
Beyond that, if you're sensitive to such things, adjust the compression so that it doesn't feel harsh and adjust the rebound so that you're not wallowing around after a bump or compression... If you're worried about getting back to where you are (screwing something up), just count how many revolutions out you are to being fully turned in... So, you could be at something like 1 1/2 turns out right now. DO NOT CRANK THE ADJUSTERS IN TIGHT! Just until they barely seat, just barely stop turning in.
And go crazy. Screw them all the way in, back them all the way out (they'll stop). You won't break anything. I'd suggest doing one adjuster on one end at a time, but it's a good education- especially if you can get to a track to do it.
But again, make sure you've got the right springs first.
01-17-2006, 12:51 PM
By static sag, I mean to say that the sag of the forks and shock is right in the middle of the total travel length when I climb on the bike.
This may be the place to start, I'm just very new to tweaking suspension settings and didn't know if anyone had some better advice. Obviously the track is the best place to tune this, and that's ultimately what I'd like to do, just looking for a good place to start right now.
Thanks for the help!
01-17-2006, 03:26 PM
This might be helpful.... http://motorcyclebloggers.com/tech-talk-articles/suspension-101/
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