I'm going to be going through my new to me f4i this winter and one of the things I'm really wanting to dial in for maintenance and tuning is the suspension. Anyone have any good resources/tips?
A stock R3 would have pretty compliant suspension. Most entry level bikes suspension I describe as riding a "wet pool noodle". It's more comfortable andThanks for these tips. I've been checking out a f4i subforum a bit on a cbr forum. But as with some forums there seems to be a lot to 'filter' through. From what I've read there's good odds that the rear shock isn't 'charged' anymore at this age. *Any thoughts on that?
I am about 185 so with gear on I'm probably 200+. But not a lot more.
I'll start I guess with servicing the forks and then trying to dial in the sag. *
I'm finding it harder to stay 'quiet' on this bike compared to my r3. Im really focusing on being steady but any bit of input from me or the road seems to cause movement in the bike. Not real bad, but just moreso then the 3. I'm not ruling out that the bike is just more sensitive and my skill is lacking, that I could be travelling a little more quickly/aggressively with it, or that the suspension isn't really set up well for me and may have been neglected to be serviced. The previous owner indicated he had set it up for himself(bigger/heavier guy)with the bags loaded so he thought it would be somewhat stiff for me.*
I guess it's time to start playing with the adjusters and seeing how the different settings feel. *
It's not likely you can adjust to 'softer' suspension. The Hydraulics are going to slow it down or speed it up. the preload is just changing height. Unless the valving is closed its most likely a mechanical problem - you need a softer spring (current isn't moving enough) or stiffer spring (current is bottomed out)I'm not having troubles turning in. I'm having troubles with bumpiness/smoothness. I think any road imperfections are really getting magnified by the rear being set to stiff. The tires were like new when I got it.*
Tomorrow is my last day of insurance and then I'll have all winter to go over things. *I may try to soften the rear some tomorrow and try that out if I get a chance. *Might have to work though.*
Unless the valve is closed (which i mentioned above), all hydraulics is doing is managing speed/energy.Same as adjusting the speed of the valving would make the suspension softer or harder? If it's all just speed of the valve or the spring is the spring what are the adjustments for exactly then?*