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Offline GypseysWhippet

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Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« on: May 14, 2018, 07:02:16 AM »
Hi All. My brother in law has a 2012 ST. He weighs about 18 stone and is not getting on with the standard rear suspension. On fast bumpy roads he says it wallows about and wants to sort it so it's a firmer, more stable ride. Neither him or me know jack about suspension...he's messed about adjusting the spring one way then the other but still not happy.
So question....are there any heavy folk on here that have upgraded their suspension and if so, what did you do?

He's not had bike long and is a bit fed up (I've told him to stop eating all the pies, but we all know pies are too nice to stop eating....)
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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 07:49:32 AM »
Had mine done by SSR suspension in Telford (just down the road for me)

He measured my existing setup and then changed the rear shock for a Nitron unit which was manufactured to suit my weight and a pillion (I am 20 stone)  He also re sprung and serviced my front forks all in for 700. (cost of rear shock was 450).  He also does set up days where you ride out and progressively set up your suspension for optimum riding for you.  He is on facebook just search for SSR suspension.

There may be a couple of specialists around your way give them a call, it may just need setting up.

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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 07:59:38 AM »
There's no way the standard shock can be adjusted to suit 18stone so don't waste your money. Changing preload doesnt affect how soft the spring is. Either buy a new shock to suit that weight or stop with the pies.

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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 08:03:38 AM »
Given that the Street is perfectly capable of performing with rider and pillion, how do you imagine it can't be set up for someone lighter than that?

I think you'll find that the Street in most normal configurations is modestly oversprung, in fact.

At worst, just swap the rear for suspension from an R...
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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018, 08:17:23 AM »
My 2011 has the CBR600RR shock fitted. I'm not anywhere close to 18 stone but when my other half occasionally used to ride it with me on the back we must have totalled a lot more weight then that. The bike didn't seem to notice the difference. Handling was still good and we thought it was great fun. I wish I'd had the mod done years ago.

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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018, 12:11:16 PM »
how about a Diet and more exercise ?

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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018, 02:32:43 PM »
*Originally Posted by GypseysWhippet [+]
...are there any heavy folk on here that have upgraded their suspension and if so, what did you do?

I am also bit a bit on the heavy side - its all the puddings Ms Bear insists on buying.

So far with the 765RS I have had to wind the front pre-load up to the maximum to get a reasonable sag on the front forks. This is quite easy to do. Then I adjusted the fork damping, I have it set close to the "road" setting from the owners manual.

But this has left me with the rear still on standard settings. I have not yet managed to measure the sag (I would have to show Ms Bear how to operate the tape measure) but I think my weight is eating up too much travel and the headlights are pointing upwards a bit. So I have a pair of C-spanners on order for adjusting the rear shock pre-load. Hopefully I can get it into a similar position to the front so at least the bike is well balanced front-to-back.

I am not looking for a super-sporty hard set up in fact I would prefer it on a comfort setting.

On my other bike (Honda) I had the front fork springs replaced with a progressive set from Hyperpro, and one day I will get the rear shock spring replaced also.

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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2018, 05:27:14 PM »
Don't waste your time buying the R shock either  :211:  Get an aftermarket jobbie....Maxton / Nitron / Ohlins etc...some on Ebay second had, then get it sprung and set up....a worthwhile investment for all riders of the Street Triple IMO...as well as getting the best ride (apart from Mrs Bear I suppose  :005:) you will also save on tyre wear, so win win...plus win again if you sell it on as it will be worth the same as when you bought it   :028:

This one fits the original Street / Street R's from 2007 - 2012, make the man an offer IMO   :062::

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triumph-Street-Triple-Maxton-Rear-Shock/142779648007?hash=item213e548807:g:OosAAOSwlTBa6acb
« Last Edit: May 14, 2018, 05:29:25 PM by Tomspurs »
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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018, 06:44:18 PM »
Thanks for all the thoughts and suggestions folks. He's thought about the replacement shock sprung to his weight. Might be the best solution cos he's not gonna give up pies easily  :001:

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Re: Recommendation for a "portly chap"
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2018, 07:11:11 PM »
K-tech make the razor r 600 ish very good shock also Wilbers make some very nice shocks from 400 ish to 800 ish .

 


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