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Offline colombo

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Hi all,

I have a 2012 Triple R.    I was resetting the suspension settings to default whats in the manual, but noticed some very strange settings front and back.   Then I noticed an FS2 sticker on the shock, which are these guys (good taste in music too).
http://www.fluidsuspensionscience.com/index.html

So my dilemma is, I don't know what has been done to the suspension back and/or front.   

For reference the front compression/rebound is 2. 
  This person had 10 compression / 3 rebound !!

For the shock,  manual calls for 6 for both comp/rebound.   The bike had 9/8 comp/rebound.

No records, and I'm the 3rd owner.   I'm sure the guy I bought it from won't have a clue what I'm talking about, so the original owner must have had the work done.

Not sure what I should do short of trying to track down the original owner.    How concerned should I be?    Should I just return the settings to what they were ?    The bike seemed to ride perfect as it was.

The reason I'm touching the suspension settings at all, and why I'm more concerned, is I'm doing a track day on July 20th, so I'm worried about some catastrophic change to the suspension that could be bad.   I'm a novice rider.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2018, 11:20:30 AM by colombo »

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Re: Help advice needed - don't know what's been done to my suspsension
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 12:08:14 PM »
I'm in the U.K, so don't know how things work over where you are, but maybe call the people who may have done the original work. Perhaps they keep records and could point you in the right direction. On track days over here there are usually tyre and suspension specialists available who can set your suspension up for the track and are usually good for advice on all suspension related questions. You'd have to pay but it's not a lot of money. Ring your track day organiser who might know if that happens at the track you'll be going to. Otherwise just go to your nearest reliable suspension guru's and get it done to suit your weight there. Or guess and don't forget to note what you've fiddled with in case you want to put it back  :002:

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Re: Help advice needed - don't know what's been done to my suspsension
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 03:58:25 PM »
*Originally Posted by Beelady [+]
I'm in the U.K, so don't know how things work over where you are, but maybe call the people who may have done the original work. Perhaps they keep records and could point you in the right direction. On track days over here there are usually tyre and suspension specialists available who can set your suspension up for the track and are usually good for advice on all suspension related questions. You'd have to pay but it's not a lot of money. Ring your track day organiser who might know if that happens at the track you'll be going to. Otherwise just go to your nearest reliable suspension guru's and get it done to suit your weight there. Or guess and don't forget to note what you've fiddled with in case you want to put it back  :002:

Thanks.   Yes I've thought about trying to track down the original owner,  I have never done it, but I'm sure it's all public records.
               

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Re: Help advice needed - don't know what's been done to my suspsension
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 07:57:16 PM »
Virtually anything they did to the suspension will have been an improvement, .they are pretty dire standard.  If you have names of previous call the suspension folk and ask if they have records of what was done and how long ago so you know when it will next need an oil freshen up, which might motivate them to look up records in the hope of future work.

Don't stress about the settings no longer being as per manual.  Read a few articles online and have a play to see if you can find a better setting for you weight and riding style.

For reference my 11 STR same suspension as 12 we fit stiffer 0.95 fork springs and softer 10kg spring at rear with valving to suit.  For my 80kg std was double wrong.

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Re: Help advice needed - don't know what's been done to my suspsension
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2018, 09:29:22 AM »
As others have said I wouldn't stress to much. One thing you could check to see if your weight is a match to the previous owner and therefore the suspension mods are good for you is to check the sag with you on the bike. If they match up or are close then you are good to go. If they are miles out then you should look at getting them adjusted to suit.

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Re: Help advice needed - don't know what's been done to my suspsension
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2018, 12:30:22 PM »
*Originally Posted by Dave W [+]
... check the sag with you on the bike. If they match up or are close then you are good to go. If they are miles out then you should look at getting them adjusted to suit.

Good point and I was going to set the sag in any case. 

I road the bike today and it didn't feel much different,  I guess I'll find out once I get to the track.   Honestly, being novice, I think it'd take a few more track days and fiddling to start to feel the differences in even big suspension setting changes anyway.   

Pure speculation... since both compression were down in front and rear (way down in front), I think the person was just trying to get a softer ride for street riding.   The rebound weren't that far off stock (1 higher in front, 2 in back).

Cheers and thanks for the responses.   :031:
« Last Edit: June 21, 2018, 12:52:08 PM by colombo »

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Re: Help advice needed - don't know what's been done to my suspsension
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2018, 08:15:11 AM »
Well i did the traxk day without issue,  even though i cried the edge of the rear pretty bad.   Time for different rubber,  as the micheln pilot road 4 i have on now are not really designed for track days...

I measured the sag,  and it was 9mm static and 37 loaded.   So practically spot on  :)

Suspension worked perfect   :062:

https://www.street-triple.co.uk/index.php/topic,32787.0.html

Planning on another track day on September 8 at Oregon Raceway Park, with Dunlop Q3+ on board. 
« Last Edit: July 30, 2018, 08:17:47 AM by colombo »

 


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