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Old Jun 2nd 2015, 07:54 PM   #1
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Progressive versus flat

What's the difference between progressive and flat suspensión adjustment?
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Old Jun 2nd 2015, 07:59 PM   #2
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Flat is designed for track/solo riding and is a linear spring rate where as progressive is more street/two up riding where the spring becomes stiffer as it compresses. This is my understanding but I could be off...
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What happens if I ride in flat mode with a passenger?
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What happens if I ride in flat mode with a passenger?
Your bike will be dangerously unstable, so I am told.

I never take passengers and now have my Panigale set on flat. It feels much better than progressive mode, far more planted and confident in cornering (but that could be the 2015 geometry?!). But it feels fine for the street if you ask me, this years softer seat may be helping there also.
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Is "linear" the proper term?
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Old Jun 2nd 2015, 09:29 PM   #7
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The manual user saids flat
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I thought it was the proper term for what I'm thinking but I'm by no means an English scholar so I could be wrong. In the flat position the spring rate is constant all the way through its compression.

Also I've always ran my Pani on Flat per the manual.
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Must be Italian speak - we're not building decks here

Linear Vs Progressive Rate Springs - Performance Motorcycle Parts -

Progressive springs are never recommended by any suspension expert I've ever heard
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Must be Italian speak - we're not building decks here

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Progressive springs are never recommended by any suspension expert I've ever heard
Well I guess, as it's not actually the spring that changes from linear to progressive but how the rear shock linkage operates with the shock and spring
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