This weekend, I went to Bike Week for the Rest of Us from Triumph. Meet up with some people for a ride beforehand and had a blast. We then went to the LoneStar Triumph/BMW shop for a talk from a motorcycle cop about safety and accident avoidance. A great time was had by all. Now on to the subject of the message...
On the ride, I went through one corner where the rear end started to slide from under me. Quite an experience!! Needless to say, it spooked me a bit. After talking to the guys at the dealership, they looked at my suspension and found it was all messed up. The person that owned the bike before me was "vertically challenged" as he put it. He had lowered everything to its softest and lowest point. I asked around and found a guy in the Austin area that does suspension tuning at the race tracks and for has a shop in the area.
Set up an appointment that afternoon to get my stock suspension tuned. I have to say, it is a WORLD of difference. I have only done about 100 miles since getting it done, but the bike feels more planted and doesn't "dance" as much at interstate speeds (75-80mph). Also seems to turn into corners faster.
I would say that having the suspension tuned is certainly a wonderful investment. I paid less then $100 to have the stock suspension tuned. He said that the stock suspension is based around a 175 lb rider, which I am heavier then. He said that a stronger spring would benefit me if I push the bike hard or ride on the track. The sag was set as close as he could get it with the softer spring. Since I don't plan to do that, he said that the added expense probably wouldn't be worth it for me right now. Very upfront and honest, which was refreshing.
If anyone in the Austin area is interested let me know and I will post his info. He has a full shop and does all the suspension work. He also restores vintage BMWs and Ducatis.