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Suspension 101?

Ok so I am new rider more used to my FZR600 having a compliant suspension but I feel my RC (after riding it a few weeks now) is to stiff. I can sit and bound on my rear seat and the suspension does not move and its difficult to compress the front suspension with the front brake applied while trying to compress. So I was wondering where I can find the best source of information to try and "tune" the suspension myself or inputs on tuning that worked for you? Not looking to get a race set up just a more compliant ride where I can feel the road inputs more. Right now I believe it drives like a brick and not like one I first rode a few months ago that hooked me. I know its just an adjustment issue. I weigh 175lbs.

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http://www.gostar-racing.com/informa...ion_set-up.htm This should help. There is also http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...ide/index.html which is less reading but pretty straight forward.
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Sag and spring rate is very important for proper set-up and getting the most out of your suspension.

Dave Moss vids are a good starting point for intro’s

Rc51.org site has good basic starting points
http://www.rc51.org/susp.htm

For more advanced info and set-ups for street and track, Andrew Trevitt’s ’Sportbike Suspension Tuning’ is a must acquire.


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That was very helpful, I know what I'm doing once I get off work today
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Yeah! Shonuff and Freestyle. Worthy links and vid, thanks.

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Hey nochain, did you try the basic set-up and adjustments from the owners manual? I'd start there before trying anything else first.

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Good inputs guys I will work with the manual and use the hints from the video and other sources. Thanks again guys!

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I've watched the Dave Moss vid a few times now and it seems like for most of us street/highway riders, rebound is pretty important. Makes sense because keeping the tire in contact with the road is keeping control.
My zipties on the fork legs help me gauge compression, but rebound is a little trickier to nail down. Such a wide variety of demands for everyday riding.

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