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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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F4i suspension settings

I've had lots of bikes but always had service set them to the stiff side when picking up. I didn't do this on my 05 F4i and know its factory set. Can you explain what each of the settings do and how I go about changing them. I'm 5-11 185lbs. The bike actually feels o.k. as is but I haven't been up to the mtns yet where I will mostly ride it on saturdays in the twisties. Its a 60 mile ride to get there so I want it to be comfortable but still good in the twisties. Maybe midway between normal and full hard. Or should I just keep it the way it is? or will I float around in the corners?

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I am 6'3" - 6'4" and 260 lbs.
My bike was understeering in the twisties, and I stiffened all of the settings ( front preload: 2 clicks stiffer than OEM, front rebound damping: 3 clicks stiffer than OEM, front compression damping: 3 clicks stiffer than OEM; rear preload: 2 clicks stiffer than OEM, rear rebound damping 3 clicks stiffer than OEM, rear compression damping: 3 clicks stiffer than OEM.)
Since these adjustments, the bike is MUCH more responsive in the twisties, and even normal surface street turns.

Since you're considerably less heavy than I, I don't know exactly what you should do, but it has been my experience that the stiffer the suspension, the more responsive the bike is in turns.

I was so happy with the adjustments I made, I think I will stiffen both pre-load settings another 2 or 3 clicks, while leaving the damping settings alone.

As far as comfort on your way to the twisties, I haven't suffered any loss of comfort, but again, I am considerably heavier than yourself, so I can't tell you definitively whether or not you would lose any comfort if you were to stiffen the settings as I have.

Hope this helps.
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