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Does anyone know where I can find or have a suggestion for my suspension setup on my 1989 GSX-R 750? I've owned it for 2 weeks and it has been setup for someone alot lighter than myself. I weigh in at 95kG.

I know how to pull out the rear spring/shock and wind up/down the preload, but i'm not sure how much/little to put on it. The bike is pretty much standard with a set of 4 into 1 headers and carbon fibre pipe. It also has had a 1992 (? I think) rear damper put on it (maybe an 1100 one? it's got an exposed blue spring). The damper has 16 settings between hard and soft. I'm currently using the middle one, but am not sure what it should be set at for someone of my size.

So in short, HELP!



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Thanks buddy, I'd had a read of that just after I posted this message. It sounds like a bitch of a way to do it though..

Isn't there just some standard settings for set weights? Thats all I'm after. I'm in no way a race rider or even a very experienced one, so I don't know what is a good 'feel'.

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If you're not wanting the ultimate setup just follow the general idea of that info and you can keep changing your sag a bit every couple of days until the bike begins to feel the way you want. Next you can start messing with the damping adjusters. Just remember to only change one setting at a time so you can notice how it affected the ride.

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86 BMW R80 for the street
 

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Everyone's riding style is different. Corner speeds are different and I found that a little more sag and slightly higher damping was a good setup for my lower speed street riding. I change the preload to adjust for added weight and when that is done the damping doesn't always match.
The factory specs are recommendations, not law. Don't be afraid to try other combinations, you never know what you may find.
As for my recommendations, that is just what I do on my own without any help. It gives me a starting point. I am certainly NOT a factory trained suspension specialist, just a rider that is a highley trained engine & electronics type.


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PS... and thanks for your sugestions with my forks

Living in Hawaii...did you ever know a friend who ran a bike shop over there, his name is Jeff Peters. Short guy that won the local drag bike title here a couple of years ago. Not to bad for being a privateer without any real sponsors, now he's only doing the dirt bike thing.

C'mon everybody knows that dirt is for growin' taters.
 

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Im sorry RBIKE,but Im not comprehending why you would want to continue to adj initial preload (static sag) after the measurements are taken. It takes an hour to place a bike in specs(35-45mm front...25-35mm rear)and once its adj,there shouldnt be any need to readjust. Dampening is another story(BTW CAM,adj should be made in 2 click intervals).
I only give general info on suspension due to prefernces. I dont believe a street rider needs a track riders susp settings,because it can place an inexperienced rider in harms way(besides...Ive always believed-Racers achieve through experience,not assumption)

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Cheers for the site carlitos, I found it pretty interesting. I agree with you on the 750 vs 1100 issue of handling. I rode a couple of 1100's before I finally decided on my 750. I found it easier to handle and alot lighter in slow manouvers.


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