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Offline Haggis Hunter

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Suspension mods for featherweight rider
« on: June 07, 2017, 03:36:38 PM »
Calling on the assistance of all you suspension gurus out there!!

I've got a 2011 tiger xc and I weigh an embarrassing 60kg (bullock naked without gear). Because of this, for solo riding I have my rear shock preload right in. Which then means for carrying lots of luggage and/or pillion I have no more adjustability to compensate.

I took it to a garage today (dynotec ecosse) to get some advice on what I can do go the front end so I have more adjustability for my weight and so the front end isn't skittish when carrying stuff. Without going doing the road of changing springs and oil etc I've been told it's worthwhile trying to lower the front end via the triple tree and readjust the back end for solo. Which should then give me left over preload to adjust for carrying stuff (hope this makes sense?)

What are people's thoughts on this? Any other featherweight riders who share my problem? Any other things I should consider?

Much appreciated guys,

Tom
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Re: Suspension mods for featherweight rider
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 08:56:20 PM »
Haggis Hunter

Sorry, I couldn't resist this but:

give up hunting the Haggis, eat more pies and drink more beer.... Simples!  :031:

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Re: Suspension mods for featherweight rider
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 10:12:57 PM »
Hi
Its common to drop the forks in the yokes for smaller riders. It does the same thing as putting a jack up kit on. What it will do is make the steering much better not so heavy and easier to turn at low speeds and more responsive. Try 10mm first then 15mm if needed. Make sure both are done exactly the same as 1mm difference can make the bike lean off to the side that's lower. Easy to drop the forks. It will make a big difference. We do it on the sports bike to sharpen up the steering  Hope this helps. Ps once front forks dropped if you can afford an after market shock it's worth every penny. I have just ordered a nitron for my tiger. I have one on my Fz1n what a difference it makes to the bike. If you buy a nitron it's made and set up for your weight when it's delivered. I have bought 4 so far and never had to adjust one yet. Just put it straight on. All the best ENGLISHBANDIT
« Last Edit: July 16, 2017, 10:18:56 PM by ENGLISHBANDIT »

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Re: Suspension mods for featherweight rider
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 09:22:32 AM »
For your weight you should have the rear suspension turned nearly right out (ccw), not in (cw).
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Re: Suspension mods for featherweight rider
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 11:01:14 AM »
When I first had front suspension trouble I went to a specialist who said it was the rear that needed setting up as it wasn't putting enough weight on the front to allow it to work. He set it up and voila working front.

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Re: Suspension mods for featherweight rider
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 09:47:56 PM »
Maybe worth going to a decent shop that does suspension set up. To get the static sag set up right. Should cost around 80. I know my local Padgetts motorcycle shop they have a race team and they do it for 80 so there will be someone near you. Make a world of a difference when it's set up right. :046:

 


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