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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2008, 10:04 pm Thread Starter
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Any ballpark suspension setting suggestions for a 210lb rider?

I recently got a '98 K1200RS in stock condition.

Any suggestions on where I should start with the suspension for my weight (210 lbs)?

Eventually I'll upgrade the suspension but right now it's not in the cards.


Edit to add: I typically carry less than 20 lbs of gear in addition to the rider.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2008, 11:14 pm
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There are no good settings on a 10 yr. old bike.

I used to routinely bottom out the bike over dips in the road
when i was two up. At that time, I went about 210 lbs. myself.
( I've since ummmm matured, yeah, that's it.)

The only real answer to your dilemma is Ohlins. Or, Wilbers.

Start saving, it is absolutely the smartest money you'll spend
on that bike.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 6:24 am
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While you're saving your money for replacement suspension components, read through Lee Parks book "Total Control". It has a unit on suspension set up and how to properly measure sag for the right preload amount and teaches you how much rebound damping to dial in. Good suspension components that are dialed in for you and your riding are a considerably better investment than engine performance mods.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 8:30 am
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I saw a poll on this somewhere... Maybe this would be helpful?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 7:26 pm
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I recommend running your rebound adjustment of the rear shock clockwise to bottom, easy does it there. Then back out only 3/4 of a full turn. Then play with your pre-load spring rate adjustment. Start at full pre-load (hard) and then adjust down (softer) until it feels good for your riding style, highway or twisties. I have an '02 and recently discovered that running the damping stiffer made all the difference in the world. E-mail me if you like to discuss this more in depth.

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