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Front suspension settings ???

Ok guys....I am a seasoned rider, I know my way around the mechanical side of the 5 bikes I have owned.
I have owned 2 sport bikes and my ninja did not even compare to my Rc....
It is like apples to oranges to think about comparing the two for me.
Now...I have what I think is a front end suspension problem, "chatter" if you will....I have felt it a few times as I got more comfortable getting out of corners, and sometimes going in. I seem to get it the most when I am going up hill into a left hander at about 60-70kmh after just commin out of a long right hander..just as I get to the top of the hill leaned to my right I then go to lean into the lefty and I feel the front tire diving away or like the handle bars are falling then it comes back again as the bike weight settles in.
Well on this very same corner few weeks back some dill hole came around the corner speeding in his truck and came over the yellow at me just as I was getting to this corner...I went wide to avoid what was sure to be a head on collision and went to lean in for the said lefty and.........felt that front tire diving on me again....well it never came back and I ate shit....Any ideas or input??? Am I doing something wrong here ??? or is it time to get the forks re-worked for my exact weight???? Who do I talk to about good suspension settings ???
As far as I know I have OEM forks that are not re-valved, 01 sp1
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Take a look here.
http://www.rc51.org/susp.htm

By the way, it is possible that it's your riding that is causing it. I'm not trying to be a @ss, and I have no idea on your skill level, but I think it needed to be at least considered.

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Duck...thats the feel I just got rid of by re-springing my forks and top out spring mod.....all gone!!!



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Really eh ? I knew it was not me or my style of riding...I been told by some guys that I am pretty good and I can hang with some of the top local guys around here on bike nights, any suggestions on where to send the forks to have re-worked ?
Or a good kit for it ?
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Really eh ? I knew it was not me or my style of riding...I been told by some guys that I am pretty good and I can hang with some of the top local guys around here on bike nights, any suggestions on where to send the forks to have re-worked ?
Or a good kit for it ?
Duck being not too far from you in distance wise but a shitty 2 hour ferry ride I suggest you come to the mainland.

Make a weekend of it or take a couple days off in the middle of the week and see these guys: http://www.rmrsuspensions.com/

Most local guys/racers here swear by them and I've heard nothing but good things.

Realistically close to home and I know a couple a guys who went with the Gold package and are quite pleased.



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Thanks alot Nobody, I will check it out for sure, that is very close to home and I have family in 3 different parts of Van city so I am sure I can figure out a place to stay for a few days.
I am going to go with an Ohlins rear and DK rear link and want to source out some good options for my forks too as Ohlins do not have anything that I can find anyways, I saw the mupo setup but for that cash and never seeing them anywhere on any bike I do not want to risk a bad investment.

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No worries Duck...I'm running re-worked forks by Accelerated Technologies out of Ontario, re-valved with a different top out spring and springs. They re-worked the bumpstops and freshened up the oil and seals.

I talked to RMR about internals for my forks before I picked these ones up and they quoted me $800 with Ohlins innards.

Go that route with the Ohlins rear and DK link and you will not regret it.



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...moved to suspension.
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I sent mine to Hord Racing due to the location and reputation. Pending on what is local to you, Dan Kyle or Race Tech....I have Race Tech internals.


It truley is amazing how much less work it is at the bars....silky smooth.



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Go and talk to Scott at Andrenalin Motorcycle Coop he has had a number of RC51 and should be able to point you in the right direction. http://www.adrenalinmotorcycle.com/
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