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Old Sep 4th 2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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I Ride: Panigale S
Can you help with my suspension settings?

THE BIKE:
Pani S, stock.

ME:
This is where it gets tricky.. I'm a big fat MF. 120kg. 265lbs?

THE SKILLZ:
Decent rider, fast-ish.. Have chicken strips, but they're small.

THE RIDE:
What most of you would call "canyon" or "Mulholland" style roads mostly, with some mild / moderate bumps to consider.

THE EXPECTATION:
Sublime telepathic handling.

THE SPEND:
Zero. I realise I probably need a rear spring, at the very least, but I need to wait for the wallet / wife to recover first. In the mean time I want to feel confident I have a half reasonable compromise given the adjustments available.

THE SETUP:
The below is what was set and discussed as a starting point when the mech and I did the pre-delivery and initial suspension set up for my not inconsiderable weight.

Sag: 25mm with me on the bike.
F comp 27
F rebound 17
R comp 26
R rebound 23

I'm not unhappy with the current set up, but neither me or the mech who helped me make the original set up claim to be a suspension guru, and I KNOW there are some here well versed in the black art, so...

What say you ?

Thanks in advance,
Josh.

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Old Sep 4th 2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by joshinthecity View Post
THE BIKE:
Pani S, stock.

ME:
This is where it gets tricky.. I'm a big fat MF. 120kg.

THE SKILLZ:
Decent rider, fast-ish.. Have chicken strips, but they're small.

THE RIDE:
What most of you would call "canyon" or "Mulholland" style roads mostly, with some mild / moderate bumps to consider.

THE EXPECTATION:
Sublime telepathic handling.

THE SPEND:
Zero. I realise I probably need a rear spring, at the very least, but I need to wait for the wallet / wife to recover first. In the mean time I want to feel confident I have a half reasonable compromise given the adjustments available.

THE SETUP:
The below is what was set and discussed as a starting point when the mech and I did the pre-delivery and initial suspension set up for my not inconsiderable weight.

Sag: 25mm with me on the bike.
F comp 27
F rebound 17
R comp 26
R rebound 23

I'm not unhappy with the current set up, but neither me or the mech who helped me make the original set up claim to be a suspension guru, and I KNOW there are some here well versed in the black art, so...

What say you ?

Thanks in advance,
Josh.
First off you may need a new spring to match your weight - secondly the setting you and the tech came up with seem a bit soft. I am 190 lbs and my settings are

FR 17
FC 24
RR 17
RC26

To be very clear this is all very subjective and will not work rider to rider. However you can see if you are in the ball park or way off if your settings are significantly different.
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Old Sep 4th 2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Thanks TS,
You're quite probably right. Although I'm getting close ish to the end of adjustment on comp, and I'm not sure if there's a downside to maxing (or almost maxing) that out.
I'll see what the other gurus think also and take suggestions into account.
Thanks very much for the reply.
It's appreciated.

J.
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Old Sep 4th 2012, 05:15 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by joshinthecity View Post
Thanks TS,
You're quite probably right. Although I'm getting close ish to the end of adjustment on comp, and I'm not sure if there's a downside to maxing (or almost maxing) that out.
I'll see what the other gurus think also and take suggestions into account.
Thanks very much for the reply.
It's appreciated.

J.
remember the higher the number the SOFTER the suspension - its a bit backwards - Good Luck !

I have a suspension guy at the track I go to and I am going on the 10th I will see if he has any suggestions
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Old Sep 4th 2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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Holy ballz.
Have I got it ass-backwards ?

I'm on my way home to change things up and go for a test ride now...
What would you suggest ?

F comp
F rebound
R comp
R rebound

Really appreciate the help...
J.
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Old Sep 4th 2012, 06:53 PM   #6
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Hey Josh are you in F or P ??

Not to give you a hard time but your weight is pretty close to my wife and me on the bike and P wet setting with 195Hi was perfect for really bumpy roads and sports setting good, not perfect for smooth roads.....you can then play from there.
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Old Sep 4th 2012, 07:43 PM   #7
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Hey Josh are you in F or P ??

Not to give you a hard time but your weight is pretty close to my wife and me on the bike and P wet setting with 195Hi was perfect for really bumpy roads and sports setting good, not perfect for smooth roads.....you can then play from there.
I'm in P. ( and not offended :-)

I designated RACE as experimental. 195Lo.
Just in from a test.
I set DES to 16 across the board as a "flat" baseline.
Front felt good, but rear was too stiff, so...
Tried
FC 16
FR 16
RC 20
RR 20

And despite how weird it looks "on paper" it actually feels pretty good.

A work in progress for sure, but it's an improvement.

Any and all suggestions very welcome.
J.
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Originally Posted by joshinthecity View Post
I'm in P. ( and not offended :-)

I designated RACE as experimental. 195Lo.
Just in from a test.
I set DES to 16 across the board as a "flat" baseline.
Front felt good, but rear was too stiff, so...
Tried
FC 16
FR 16
RC 20
RR 20

And despite how weird it looks "on paper" it actually feels pretty good.

A work in progress for sure, but it's an improvement.

Any and all suggestions very welcome.
J.
yeah I didnt think so.....Thats good you are getting somewhere and that is what I love about this bike the trial and error of finding something that works for your way of riding.

I am going to go back to F as soon as I have finished scarying the shit out of the family as I like this the best.
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Old Sep 5th 2012, 11:30 AM   #9
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Here's a link to Dave Moss, a suspension guru, who's setup a number of panis both S and base. He did my base and quite happy

Link for S settings: Ducati Panigale S model | Feel The Track

Linnk for base: Panigale standard | Feel The Track these are the settings I'm running right now. I'm 170 pounds.

He recommends as a start for the oem tires to run 27 rear, 29 front cold
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Old Sep 5th 2012, 02:02 PM   #10
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I Ride: Aprilia RSV4F SE APRC, Ducati Diavel and waiting for Ducati Panigale S Trilcolore
Just hit on what for me is the best set up for my S Tricolore. I have an Aprilia RSV4F SE APRC which I use for Track Days and my Tricolore never felt quite as good until now. I weigh 77Kg.
For the Road I have set the tyre pressures to 32Psi Front and 32Psi Rear. Set the Rear link onto "P" instead of "F". I run the ECU in "Race", great throttle response and I set the Front and Rear suspension as per the "Standard Sports" settings with the ECU in "Race". Feels brilliant now, I can actually feel the suspension working unlike before when the whole bike felt far too rigid.
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