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Suspension way too stiff!

I bought my RC51 about 4 months ago from a guy who was quite a bit heavier than I am. I weigh about 165 and he was probably around 230. So the suspension is very stiff, there is hardly any travel at all.

My question is how do I soften the suspension up so it will actually do its job? Or maybe a better question is what do I need to do in order for it to be a more comfortable ride? Is it likely that I need to do spring adjustments as well as compression and rebound?

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Depends if the suspension is stock or not. Need that info.
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Sp1 or sp2 ????



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Oh my apologies

2002 RC51

Front forks are Showa MCF-A21

I think the rear are stock.

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Back off the preload front and rear and if it is stock that should help. Read the manuals on rc51.info if you need help. Also lower the compression damping front and rear and it will work better with your body weight. FWIW, the RC51 is on the stiff side the way it came.
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Suspension way too stiff!

Save your pennies and get a good rear shock kit, that'll definitely boost your confidence on the bike. For now like the others say, soften up the pre load on both shocks. I would click to the softest possible and start setting it from there. Good luck man


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Use this as a guide...

Reset your suspension with the help of a friend and you should be okay.



If not, this should be the first step and then maybe check the spring sizes while changing the fork oil.

As for the stock shock, okay for a little guy but virtually useless to a guy over 200#

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Suggested Sportbike Suspension Settings
Sport Rider's setup recommendations for every motorcycle tested from 1997 on.
January 21, 2013

I used this as a baseline for my RC and CBR when I first brought them home. I made minor adjustments from there but overall it was pretty good. If you still have stock shocks that is. If not the videos on You Tube like Madbuyer suggested will walk you through the complete process.

you have to scroll down a lil bit to get to the Honda secction.

http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...s/viewall.html

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Thanks so much to everyone who posted! I really appreciate the help!
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Sp1 or sp2 ????

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