I was wondering if you could help me out with my suspension. It is a bit stiff and I would like to optimize both front and rear as much as possible.
ITs a 2001 with stock suspension
ITs for street (michigan roads, fairly bumpy)
mostly cruising around riding
I am 150 lbs
Please advise at settings you would start with.
I lived in the western Detroit suburbs in the late '80s and recently visited again for business. I noticed nothing's changed in the intervening years.
That's going to be difficult to reach a compromise between handling and compliance.
To tweak the bike for great handling will beat you to death on the frost heaves.
And softening the bike to handle those, will make the bike tend to wallow when ridden aggressively.
All I can say is start at the base factory settings, then start adjusting from there.
Take notes so you can keep track of what seems to work.
Rebound has the greatest affect on handling and compression to a lesser degree.
In your notes, consider these alternate descriptions for your adjustments:
For Compression: think Hard or Soft.
For Rebound: think Slow or Quick.
So for instance, did your forks react to the bump soft or hard? And did the forks extend slow or quick?
Then tweak your settings based on those descriptions and note the settings.
A common failure is to confuse too much rebound damping with too much compression damping as the two can appear similar at a certain point.
So if the two get confusing, back off then try again.
Also most OEM cartridge forks use 10 wt. fork oil.
Depending on the weather conditions and how harsh the forks behave on compression, you can replace the 10 wt. oil for a lighter weight, say 5 to 7.5 wt. to soften the response.
Also replacing the springs for ones that match your weight is also important.
Especially if your weight is significantly outside the "standard" rider weight of 150-160 lbs.