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BadD0g

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BadD0g says:

GSR600 Forks & Shock Advice, thankyou-please!

Hey guys,


  I'm coming up on 14K on the wee GSR.  The past while the suspension's been feeling a bit, um, flat, especially the rear.

  With it being a GSR there isn't much to play with in the way of adjustment, so I cranked up the preload a good bit on both the front and rear and it's made a good difference.  Bike feels a bit sharper.  Still feels a bit cack though, again, mostly the rear.

  Is this down to the milage you think?  Is 14K a lot to ask of a budget shock?  Time to consider a replacement?

Any advice greatly appreciated,
Thanks for reading :)

Adam.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Suspension refurb

Adam,

The OE suspension on some bikes is a bit budget. Even that on the FZS1000's is considered to be getting soggy by10K.

I am just in the process of sorting the suspension on my VFR (see my other posts) and have gone for a Hagon shock.  I took the opportunity to strip and clean up the back of the bike as is has clocked up 40,000 miles.  It should be finished by this weekend and at some point in the next few weeks I'll start on the forks.  (New springs, Hagon again, plus seals and oil) 

How far you go with yours depends on what you want to spend and how you used the bike.  Some OE rear shocks  can be rebuilt and improved upon in repsect of the standard setup.  You can also go the budget route in terms of replacement (ie Hagon) or you can push the boat out and spend a fortune on something like Ohlins. 

Similar can be said of the front forks although in most cases a rebuild and new springs will give you good results.  

My VFR is used for touring amoungst other things and although I have aimed for a result that will be better than the OE setup, there is no point is spending a lot of money on racing kit.  

Normally I would suggest taking your bike to a suspension specialist and asking them to set it up before you spent any money on replacements/upgrades, but, as you have mentioned that there is not much adjustment available, this may not make any difference.           

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

Rear shocker

Is this bike the 09 model? If so and has been serviced by the dealership you shoud wangle a new one free of charge or pay part labour.Have you checked it by firmly pressing down the back end and feeling watching for absorbsion? 

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BadD0g

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BadD0g says:

Shock

Cheers for the responses dudes, very helpful :)


Yea, it's an 09 model, just out of warranty! :)
The shock still works, if I press the back down it behaves as you would expect... just feels like it's getting old to be honest, doesn't have the same spring in it's step.

Think I might have a look at these Hagon shocks, or something similar :D

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

BadDog

Just a couple of points that maybe I should have thought about earlier - , are your tyre pressures OK?  Also, it might be if the bike used all year round and they have not been greased properly, that your linkages may be either worn or partly siezed.  This would prevent your rear shock from doing its job properly.   

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BadD0g

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BadD0g says:

Shock

Marcus,


  It does get used all year round and it is possible there could be a lack of greasing going on.  I'll give it a good checking and going over and make sure it's definately moving/functioning as it should be.

Thanks for your help :)

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