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post #1 of 10 Old 12-11-2006, 12:02 PM
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Rear shock?

Went for a nice long ride yesterday and found myself on a pretty rough road for a while. The ride was extremely harsh to the point where my vision was blurring and teeth were rattling. So, a couple of questions. First, how do you measure for the correct height adjustment using pre-load and is it worth the effort? Second, what negative handling characterisitcs would this drive. I do not want to sacrifice handling, really just wondering If I have it adjusted correctly for my heigh/weight and if there are any options to smooth it out a bit. A little more comfort over the rough spots would be nice. I will never ride this, or any bike, anywhere near it's capabilities, so ultra performance is not paramount in the mix.

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-11-2006, 12:18 PM
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Without going into all the complicated suspension setup theory, If you soften the ride,you get more comfort, but maybe a little wallowing in the corners. If you soften too much you may bottom out if you're two up.

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-11-2006, 12:35 PM
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http://www.sportrider.com/tech/146_9508_tech/

Yes, in my opinion it is worth doing.

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The link that Jim supplied should be read by all. If you do not know how to set the sag properly this article will help. That said... No matter what you do to the stock shock it will still be marginal at best. The 04' model year with adjustable rebound is not much better. If you desire a more compliant ride it is going to cost. Read Ohlins!!!

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post #5 of 10 Old 12-11-2006, 01:36 PM
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Lobby, do not be fooled by Mike's comments. He's just setting the stage for another group buy.

Derail over.

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Rich, I know what you're talking about. The front isn't bad, but the back of my 919 was a jackhammer. I got lucky and purchased an Ohlins used for $500. The roads here are covered with salt, so I'm not going to try it out until after a good rain.

I had the forks on my 929 redone and the rear also got an Ohlins. Did wonders for that bike.

The rear of the 919 is way oversprung; set up for 330lbs if I am correct. Thus the jackhammer ride. I had the idea of lightening the rear spring by grinding the outside diameter down a bit, thus reducing the rating. I got the Ohlins before I got around to it.

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Mike's setting the stage for another group buy.
Maybe 2007 has a new color and they need to fire sale the old ones.

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-12-2006, 10:35 AM
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Thanks...

...for all of the feedback. After my usual commute to and from work yesterday, I am reminded how much fun this bike is as an urban street fighter (it's intended purpose).

I softened up the rebound both front and rear and it did help quite a bit although I haven't tried it over any rough roads like my trek on Sunday. As I am not likely to sink $1K into an Ohlin's solution, I'll just have to wait for that 2008 Concours for the extended road trips over less than pristene asphalt.


Thaks again.

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.not likely to sink $1K into an Ohlin's solution, I'll just have to wait for that 2008 Concours for the extended road trips over less than pristene asphalt.
The least expensive rshock upgrade is having it resprung for <$200 (if you take the sportrider articles' measurements and remove it). Has anyone liked their respring results or should I save up for the GB?

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-13-2006, 07:11 PM
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'cept for that pipe. Geez that's ugly!

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