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You ask/you answer: How do I set-up my suspension?

When I bought my 2006 GSX-R600, the salesman said I would need to adjust the forks and shock. What's the best way to discover the perfect suspension set-up? Your advice could help. Leave a comment below and we'll publish the best in MCN. Got a question? Click here to submit it.

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Oct 11

Posts: 244

redracer46 says:


The black art of suspension set up eh.... Its very easy to get yourself tied in knots fast adjusting suspension, adjusting too much or too little. If you dont want to have it set up professionally for you, then there are many excellent technical websites that offer advice. Or if your happy with the spanners then go select a pre-determined route that offers some mixed riding conditions (fast, slow, twisty, cruising) and go ride each and try to think about what the bike is doing suspension wise. Then just adjust the suspension accordingly in small increments and repeat until you find the prefect blend for you. What works for some riders doesnt work for others, there are just so many variables. Oh and make a note of exactly what you change from stock settings in case you need to go back on something !!! ;P

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Sep 09

Posts: 835

Rogerborg says:

What for?

Track racing?  Nürburgring?  UK A & B roads?  UK urban/suburban potholed assault courses?

Define your requirements if you want a useful answer.

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Jul 09

Posts: 132

chriswren says:

I find that I run a little wide in to the corners on an RC8, I'm 16 stone.......... what do I do to sort it out?
Perhaps I should check the tire pressure before fiddling with the suspension :)

Got another........

Diavel is happy over smooth ground but gets itself in knots whenever it hits a bump. If you get a little enthusiastic around country road/lanes it seesaws all over the place. How do I sort this out? this seems to plague lots of Diavel owners and is all over the Diavel forums. If you can explain how to dial this out then you'll be helping a lot of Diavel owners. (again a 16 stone lump)

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Oct 10

Posts: 306

Cyclonite says:

Go for a ride, make a small adjustment, ride again, adjust again. Rinse and repeat until you're happy.

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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:

Small adjustments

Agree with Cyclonite here... make very small, incremental adjustments.  My own gsxr was fine from the get-go.  The dealer estimated my weight pretty well, and apparently they have a look-up table for setting suspension according to the weight of the rider, and the type of ride they're looking for.

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Sep 07

Posts: 2737

James600zx says:

This is a pretty good guide, I think, although when you try to apply it based upon riding impressions it's definitely a black art, as redracer says.

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Feb 10

Posts: 192

wesley01 says:

The more one looks at it the more it boggles the mind. Best tip get someone who specialises in suspension setup and pay them as its a small amount for that type of knowledge. But that doesn't mean that every mechanic can do it.

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Jun 11

Posts: 16

prdh says:

Start Standard

I would keep the setting as standard to start with until you know the bike, then adjust a little at a time coz if you start playing around straight away you would not have a base line feel to start with.

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Jan 12

Posts: 49

Preadator says:

Professional setup recommended

Had my GSXR 750 LO suspension setup a few weeks ago because it all felt a bit  too soft and the front end felt vague going around twists and turns because i was getting no feedback from the road.

Took it along to someone who knows how to setup the suspension and they spent about 45 measuring the settings and a further hour and a half adjusting them to my body weight etc as well as correcting the sag etc. The transformation afterwards was amazing, it felt like i was riding a different bike, i now have way more confidence around bends and i now understand what people mean by 'feedback'.

Charges seem to vary from £50 to £100 to have it done professionally but i think it is money well spent if you do have handling issues, i believe it will not only make you feel safer but add to the enjoyment of riding your motorcycle. 

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Nov 11

Posts: 203

jimbo8098 says:

Rules of thumb

Don't let it sag too much. You wont find this happens easily on sports bikes but enduros get it a lot sude to their springy springs :) When you sit on it , it should only go down 4 or 5cm. If you get that right , corners should be fine. Too tight and you will be in for a bumpy ride. Too loose and you will shake all over the place.

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