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Old Sep 2nd 2015, 06:53 AM   #1
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1299 base suspension settings for street

I read the sticky and it was pretty useless for people looking for some settings to try.
I've been messing around a little but just can't get the front to feel right.

Just looking what some street riding people have them set at. I know riding style, weight ect affect it but would like some bases to try.

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Old Sep 2nd 2015, 08:33 AM   #2
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I have a base 1199. I weigh 165ish with gear.

Stock springs set at zero preload.
Start tuning rebound and compression by knowing the range of adjustability (how many clicks). Set everything to dead center and adjust as necessary. When you ride bring a allen tool with you so you can make adjustments when you stop. Also that way you will be adjusting a warmed up suspension.

Personally after I put all the settings in the middle, I've been happy enough to not touch them sense. I have good feel from the front and rear.
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Old Sep 2nd 2015, 10:26 AM   #3
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I Ride: V4S and Ninja 400. Dichotomy.
Yes, the "Sticky" should be a "Delety".

It's really not that hard to do it the correct way, you'll never get anywhere just randomly trying different settings. Believe me, we have people in our store all the time in your exact same position who have been "trying" settings from the itnernet, from magazines, etc. to get their suspension setup, and then 20 minutes later after we've set their preload appropriately all of a sudden their suspension is 100 times better. It's not magic.

Start here:
#1 Have you set your sag?
If YES continue, if NO return to step #1
#2 When you say the front doesn't "feel right" what exactly is it doing that you don't like?
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The problem I have is the front end. Started at zero preload on spring and setting's in middle.
Entrance to say 50mph tight corners the front just seems unstable and wants to push. Tightened compression a few clicks and it seemed better but got very harsh on small bumps.
I try to be very smooth on transitions and braking.

I do know a fair share of shock setup since I own a shop that does drag cars and some road race cars.

My problem is having very limited time to ride and when I do the ride it's windy roads. So, just hoping I'd get lucky with a setup of someone that has the same tastes as me. LOL
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Old Sep 2nd 2015, 02:29 PM   #5
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You just have to measure the suspension travel to make sure you're in the ballpark before changing anything else. Setting preload randomly like that just won't work. You can get away with a more sloppy setup on the shock, but not on the forks if you're gong to ride the bike hard. You just need two friends and a metric measuring tape. Go to google and search "setting sag" and you'll find a ton of videos on how to do it. Try to get to 40mm in the front with you on the bike, assuming you're not over 215 lbs. If you are, then the solution is stiffer springs.
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I'm over 215. Not going to buy springs. I'm sure I'll get the suspension to my liking. Just was looking for what people use to maybe save myself some time.
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You just have to measure the suspension travel to make sure you're in the ballpark before changing anything else. Setting preload randomly like that just won't work. You can get away with a more sloppy setup on the shock, but not on the forks if you're gong to ride the bike hard. You just need two friends and a metric measuring tape. Go to google and search "setting sag" and you'll find a ton of videos on how to do it. Try to get to 40mm in the front with you on the bike, assuming you're not over 215 lbs. If you are, then the solution is stiffer springs.
Jarel, I was planning on calling you but then this thread popped up. What fork and shock spring would you recommend for 245 lbs. in full gear and hard track riding? I checked Ducati Omaha's website for spring rates but I'd rather have it from the horse's mouth, err, fingers.
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Old Sep 2nd 2015, 06:15 PM   #8
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Jarel, I was planning on calling you but then this thread popped up. What fork and shock spring would you recommend for 245 lbs. in full gear and hard track riding? I checked Ducati Omaha's website for spring rates but I'd rather have it from the horse's mouth, err, fingers.
Well, the recommendations are just a baseline, we might run a rate or two higher or lower for a particular rider based upon how it performs on the track, but a baseline to start with would be 1.05 in the front and 100 in the rear, assuming the rear is in the flat-rate setting.
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Old Oct 15th 2015, 03:46 AM   #9
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God almighty some of you guys are big units!
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Old Oct 15th 2015, 06:25 AM   #10
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I've been working on the setup that I like most. I'll check out where I'm at and post up soon. At least if someone has a question like mine they can just try the setup I like.
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