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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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suspension setup help

ok I know nothing about setting up the suspension for a rc. I see where you adjust the folk and shocks but that all i know, never had to adjust my suspension before. So the last owner of the bike was about 5'8 165 I'm like 5'11 215. How does the adjustment work for the shock and folks is there a mild setting or just rider preference. The suspension now seems very stiff.
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Ideally speaking, you'd check and set your front and rear suspension sag settings first, then proceed to damping adjustments.

Most bikes are designed around a 150-160 lb. average rider weight.
Unfortunately you (and myself) fall outside that weight range. So technically, your sag settings won't be correct.

But given that, you might be able to reach a compromise for the time being.
Go this site and scroll down to the various RC51 suspension settings for OEM suspension. Try a few of them and see how it works for you.
http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...ngs/honda.html


Rebound damping has the greatest effect on handling, followed by compression damping.
Record your settings so you can go back and try again if need be.
Make a few notes on how you felt the ride and handling qualities were.

On the street, unless your town has coffee table smooth streets, you'll have to compromise between compliance and handling to some degree.
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That is the same chart I used for a starting point too! I don't remember for sure, but I wouldn't doubt if SubSailor posted it for me too. Thanks Sub, That chart is a good reference to get started with your adjustments.

I found this vid thru the link that SubSailor posted. Thought it was relevant since Dave Moss talks so much about suspension. Well, the rear suspension, and it's relation to tire wear.

http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...t_1/index.html

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Ohlins is where its at
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I can not accept that a $5000 improvement on a $5000 bike is an improvement as despite of my love for the bike I much rather get a used 1098 for the money.

I started st those settings too and found them a bit harsh for my use and went a click down on preload and a few down on dumping, then worked a couple clicks up on damping when it felt too wobbly. Even at 200lb the preloads on that chart don't seem to come even close to street sag. For track use and race tires maybe. My 2c

I also went up about 30ml on each fork tube and found that to be a positive move.
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Zero Its all in how long you are keeping the bike . A person could buy a 5000$ RC51 put 5000$ into it to make it equal the Ducati 1098 in performance (at 5000$ you have to do the work yourself to match a Ducati 1098 lol) and keep/run that bike the rest of your life =100,000 miles .

Most trade bikes every 4-5 years of course so putting 5000$ into there RC51 isnt a very good investment , but motorcycles are never a good investment in any case lol.

I own a 2009 Ducati 1198 , the engine I leave stock ( love the bike) I am in the midst of a performance build on my RC51 SP2 which will equal or surpass the Ducati 1198s performance . What wil suprise you is as long as the lubrication sustem is sufficient/upgraded the cooling system is sufficient/upgraded and you do not surpass the engines RPM design perameters , the increase in horsepower does not decrease its longevity.(within reason of course, a dragster engine is short lived no matter how well lubricated ,cooled and kept in correct RPM range)
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The problem is everyone remembers to install bigger cams, add compression ect . Not many people install bigger radiators , oil pumps ect .
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I wish I only put $5000 into my bike.
That didn't even cover the first year of previous owner repairs plus upgrades.
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Wow sub sailor why didnt you just cut your losses and look around for a rc51 in good/better condition?
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