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Old May 2nd 2018, 11:16 PM   #1
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Suspension Tuner In Detroit Area?

Anybody know of a suspension tuner in the Detroit area?

Back when I lived in New Jersey there was a place called Washington Cycle Works. They were a cycle shop that did repairs, sold some stuff, and every Saturday morning they would set your sag and balance out the clickers. They had so many people you had to make an appointment.

First bike I had done was my Triumph Speed Triple. Out of the box the preload was way too soft and once I get it set up for my weight I could not believe how much better I could turn. After that every bike I bought went there within the first month of buying it. Now Iím in Detroit looking for another Washington Cycle Works.

I suspect the Pani out of the box is also a bit soft and I would like to get the sag dialed in.

I swear Dealers are wasting money by not offering to do this for those who buy a new bike. Then again, I didnít buy my Pani new.
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Old May 3rd 2018, 07:29 AM   #2
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Ducati Detroit. There are very few options as good on this side of the country. Awesome shop and great guys.
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Old May 3rd 2018, 08:27 AM   #3
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D.D. is the spot for all your Ducati needs!!!!
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Old May 3rd 2018, 11:40 AM   #4
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Old May 3rd 2018, 08:34 PM   #5
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Have any of you had your suspension set up by DD? How much did it cost?
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I have not because I live 5 hrs south and can do it myself. I did however buy my 1299 from them for a smoking deal and have called them for parts and technical advice several times and they are always helpful. Kevin is one of the best guys in the biz and if I lived I Detroit they would be the only shop to ever touch my Ducati. Call them and get some pricing. They will take care of you.

I must also say that Ducati Indianapolis is also awesome as is Commonwealth in Louisville, KY.
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Call D.D. and ask for the cost and make the appointment. Longer you wait the longer it will take to get in there. This time of year shop service dudes are balls to the wall.
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Old May 6th 2018, 01:12 AM   #8
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Call D.D. and ask for the cost and make the appointment. Longer you wait the longer it will take to get in there. This time of year shop service dudes are balls to the wall.

It was a nice day and I had a brand new jacket I wanted to try out so I rode up to DD. They quoted me an hour to an hour and a half labor. I need to schedule the brake recall so I will think about it. For reference, setting the sag at Washington Cycle Works and balancing out the clickers took two guys and 20 - 30 minutes, and it costs about 50 bucks.

It was the best $50 bucks spent on every bike in my signature, especially the speed triple. Night and day difference.
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Old Jun 17th 2018, 02:30 PM   #9
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So,

Iíve decided to do it myself. The hard part is getting someone to take the measurements. Once you set the sag you can do the dampening. First get is it stop the bouncing and I guess itís an acquired feel for the compression and rebound after that. With the S being electronic changes should be easy to record.

I watched a bunch of Dave Moss vids and I came across this one....

https://youtu.be/obGoMPgiI18

NOW WE ARE TALKING! I can do this myself! The Slacker is on order. I could easily pay someone to do it, but with the Slacker I can go from street to a race set up on my own. The streets of Detroit are rough so Iím going to set it up on the soft side of the street sag. Then when an need to Iíll have the ability to switch to a slightly stiffer setup when I need it for a track day. Iím no Dave Moss but I can at least make minor adjustments when needed.

Iím thinking once the get the front and rear sag balanced the dynamic dampening probably works a lot better, but odds on I will go to the fixed setup.

BTW, On the S shock, where is the preload adjuster? Is it on the engine side with the two spanner adjusters because I thought that was a ride height adjustment. The TTX GP shock is adjusted with a socket. Why did they not adopt the Multi strada electronic preload adjuster. That would have been worth paying a little extra for.
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Old Jun 23rd 2018, 03:16 PM   #10
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Bought the Motool sag tool and I set the suspension myself today in about 10 minutes of total time.

So one possible F/R sag target is 35mm Front, 26mm rear. My shit was 42 Front and 20mm rear. Soft up Front and stiff in the rear. Mutha fucker! No wonder I struggled to ride/turn this damn thing! OMG it's a different bike now.

Watch The Dave Moss Vid. In it he says if you have not set the sag on your bike you have no business riding because you donít know what itís going to do. Heís spot on.
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