Ok, now this is a little broad as a question but I have to start somewhere. As I've been getting faster and getting closer to the front runners in the amateur/novice level 600/Open racing, I'm noticing my suspension is not right. Unfortunately, I have 3 problems: It's all stock, I known nothing about suspension (I know about compression, rebound, etc. but not how to apply it to solve my problems), I'm in Canada (no Race Tech, Traxxion Dynamics, etc. trackside) and I've got limited $$$.
So here's a quick run down of my scenario:
- bike: 2001 GSX-R600
- rider: 5'7" 160-165lbs (no gear)
- stock forks (including all stock internals)
- stock rear
- stock damper
Suspension can get expensive real quick so I want to spend it at the right place. I've had two crashes lately that I can point to my suspension as a big player in my crash. Sure I could have done some things from a riding point of view to avoid the crashes but adjustability and proper settings would have most likely avoided these crashes.
Now I do have access to ask this question to my local tuner and some track side people but I wanted to know what was the best bang for the buck on an '01 GSX-R600. Obviously, this forum has the best concentration of GSX-R knowledge!
According to some sources, my forks have great adjustability but the springs are most often not the correct rate. I've also heard the rear has very little accuracy in terms of adjustability and the spring is most likely wrong too. So would need to be a replacement but at $1600-1900CAD for a rear shock, it's a lot. I also know from my own experience that the stock damper is crap and I need some adjustability so swaping the oil isn't my solution... But that's the limit of the direction I have right now...
Any thoughts anyone?