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Old Oct 30th 2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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NYC suspension settings

Brought my bike to Ducati Manhattan
for warranty work. I live 60 mikes north of the city where the roads are pretty smooth. But once I hit the Bronx the bike was taking the bumps like a pogo stick. I weigh 195 what do you have your settings at for the city.
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Old Oct 30th 2014, 05:54 PM   #2
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Lol ! Leave that 1199 60 miles north of NYC & and you'll be fine - otherwise unwind the preload on rear shock (buy the spanners, or borrow from someone you know ) -- then you'll need to test and tune compression/rebound front and rear

-- basically you need to set sag to the far side of the range (less preload), but use sag measurement as the starting point, then work with compression rebound to find what you're comfortable with -- remember that suspension is a compromise and what works for the bumps/road conditions going into NYC will suck 60 miles north and further on
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Old Oct 30th 2014, 06:39 PM   #3
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I'll see if I can have them adjust the sag before I leave but can't I play with the dash settings to soften it up.
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Old Oct 30th 2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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I'll see if I can have them adjust the sag before I leave but can't I play with the dash settings to soften it up.

Its sag not, settings.

That should be set before you ride it.
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Old Oct 30th 2014, 08:24 PM   #5
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Old Oct 30th 2014, 08:28 PM   #6
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I had a similar issue, beautiful mountain passes for 50km, followed by 5km of cobbles and speed bumps, before I reached the end of a regular route.

I'd just drop into Wet mode for the suspension settings, which I'd already customised with my Sport/Race engine settings.
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Old Oct 31st 2014, 07:43 AM   #7
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I'll see if I can have them adjust the sag before I leave but can't I play with the dash settings to soften it up.
Don't see IF.....make them do it....but.....beware of a rookie with a tape measure -- you can do it at home yourself, but you'll need an extra set of hands to measure (while you hold bike steady against the wall with one hand while you're sitting on it) ---- preferably, you have a tech in the shop that knows what to do, and gets it right...it is not rocket science, but staying focused like when mounting tires in the correct direction on the rim, is required

-- Dave Moss is a suspension guy with the whole sag story explained perfectly on youtube

Then after that, you can reduce/increase your rebound/compression settings for "Going to NYC, or Heading North"

Keep in mind that as you soften or firm up the settings -- as you approach fully opened (highest numbers) or fully closed (lowest numbers) the difference in effect from 9 to 8 is more dramatic than from 15 to 14 ---- going from 6 to 5 way more so

Think of the adjustments like thinking about a fully opened fire hose (setting # 15)...going 1 click down (to 14) wouldn't reduce the water too much, but as you get into the single digits the difference of each click on the nozzle will make a huge difference (comparatively) -- in your forks you're pushing oil thru the end of that hose

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Old Oct 31st 2014, 08:13 AM   #8
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RD I'll swing by your house one day and get it done. Ha there closed today for the Haloween parade so now I can't pick it up. Have to take the train home sucks.
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just flip the linkage to progressive or P you will be fine. The only time a progressive actually worked.
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