I must respectfully disagree with you, Mr. Chris Broom. (Who by the way has coached me to some of my best lap times around Barber and holds hero status in my book.)
Mr. Broome, you have forgotten yourself. Yeah, you are one of the better club racers in the country and if given a top spec MotoAmerica bike, might be able to put it on the box at the pro level. BUT.... You weren't born that way. Maybe NOW you can go fast on whatever crap is thrown under you but that's only because you've developed the ability to feel the bike, the tires and the track, then ride within the limits of the equation. A newbie hasn't got all that experience. If his bike is on two different gameplans front to rear, it will probably try to kill him. The less experience a rider has, the harder it is to ride around setup issues. Bad stuff is happening down there but the rider doesn't know why, or what will happen next. So with all due respect, Coach Broome, I think you're wrong. Newbies can really benefit from a proper suspension setup, done by a tuner who knows his business.
The less experience a rider has, the harder it is to ride around setup issues. The less experience you have, the less you know what you have to ride around, or what the problem is
Bad stuff is happening down there but the rider doesn't know why, or what will happen next. Even with correct suspension setup, do you think that the new rider knows what will happen next or what is happening? Or better yet do you think the new rider knows how to adopt the correct riding technique, lines, etc to the new suspension setup? It is easier said then done.
Are you saying if I secretly tune the suspension for a new track day rider he will not crash due to him pushing over his limits?
How does he know if he has benefited from tuned suspension and that it stopped him from crashing?
Why do other new track day riders with stock suspension that has not been touched since the bike left the showroom not crash?
Camon mate. Seriously, yes suspension should be tuned, but you cannot blame crashes on hardware unless it malfunctions in terms of seizing forks or something like that.
I now deal with a lot of racers, and you have no idea how much suspension setup differes from one rider to another.
Some have suspension hard as f**k and some have a softer setup. They all do similar lap times. Who is to say now that one setup is wrong compared to the other. Suspension is adopted mainly to rider, track, track temperature and motorcycle characteristics I believe. Unless you have done 10-15 track days a year, you really do not get a chance to utalise or learn much about suspension setup.
Another great excuse new riders use is that their tires were not good enough