Suspension advice: 2002 Aprilia RSV1000R: Setting the suspension for you

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I have just bought a 2002 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille. I have no idea who has fiddled with the suspension in the past or how it’s set up now.

It will be a while before I get on a track to have it tweaked by someone who knows what they're doing.

I'm a 12-stone, fast but sensible rider and a track fan. Can you give me a good base to start with so I don’t kill myself before the next track day?

I'm pretty sure it’s just compression, rebound and preload adjustable on this make and model.

Ride height at the back too I think. I've searched the web but there is so much conflicting information.
Pigdaddypete, MCN forums

Here’s a table we published back in 2003 that gives you some options to work with:


10 stone

16 stone

Front preload 10  turns from fully out 8 turns 10 turns
Front compression 13 clicks from fully out 10 clicks 13 clicks
Front rebound 17 clicks from fully out 17 clicks 16 clicks
Rear pre-load 24mm thread wound down 24mm 24mm
Rear compression 8 clicks from fully out 7 clicks 8 clicks
Rear rebound 40 clicks from fully out 40 clicks 38 clicks

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Marc Abbott

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