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what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

i weigh about 168lbs geared up, and wonder how Honda sets the bike from the factory. anybody know what weight rider they base the suspension setup on?
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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

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i weigh about 168lbs geared up, and wonder how Honda sets the bike from the factory. anybody know what weight rider they base the suspension setup on?
A 150 pound driver with 110 pound passenger.
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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

Until you use the brakes...the front is sprung for about 120lbs total. I'm being sarcastic, but just barely.
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Until you use the brakes...the front is sprung for about 120lbs total. I'm being sarcastic, but just barely.
If you have the passenger on board, it's amazing how well the stock setup works. I'm not kidding, ask Dan Kyle . . .
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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

I think they set up for 170 lbs. Anyhow, that's my weight and the stock suspension setup works best for me.
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I think they set up for 170 lbs. Anyhow, that's my weight and the stock suspension setup works best for me.
What do you mean? I thought they knew I was on a diet and weighed 190lbs.....
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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

For street riding, the stock front end on Hondas work pretty well. It's the track junkies and racers that like to stick in a .95 or 1.0 spring set it seems....at least that's a lot of what gets ordered from us. And the Race-Tech gold valve kits that basically open up flow area.

When possible, you're always best off to run the forks in to someone like DK who knows what they're doing, but you CAN start off with a couple very inexpensive mods to see if you like the changes.

I recall being amazed the last time I was at Freddie Spencer because their school bikes (F4i's) felt so good and I'm 220 with gear on. But I was told their bikes are running bone stock front ends with the exception of a steering damper.

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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

Front 120lb rider
Rear 190lb rider

What a mess!

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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

I (Paul Sr. accent) sawr the maximum weight capaitcty for a stock Blade (Paul Sr. accent) somewheres around 360 pounds. That included the pilot and passenger..........I think it's in the owner's manual.

I have contemplated getting the forks redone for my 220lbs weight, however, I never considered the factory rating for the bike at over 300 pounds. Maybe Honda does know what they're doing??? Afterall, the CBR 954 (is) Race Ready.

I think all fork work will have to wait until I blow a seal.

BTW, When I put my 100lbs 13 year old on the back, the bike rides like a Bentley. It's true.

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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

Thats the max weight, not the reccomended weight of the rider! LOL That is usually a function of the tires. Look at the max weight of most sportbikes and they tend to be right around that 370-400 lb limit.

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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

I found that on my 929 the front wasn't compressed enough.(Spongy,dipped a lot during braking) BTW (I weigh 165lbs.)
After adjusting a bit now the bike is great at 60mph plus,but at slower speeds the front is too hard and re-boundy.A little uncomfy at slower speeds.I guess there really isn't a perfect set-up for the street.
Maybe I need some more adjusting.Re-bound maybe.
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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

You would at least need the right springs on the bike, then set damping to your liking.

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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

The 954 comes with very soft fork springs. If I recall mine sagged 40mm in the front under the bikes own weight and cranking the preload did little for it. Installed .95 springs and all is good. I weigh 175lbs.

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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

Yeah the front is way to soft STD like others have said especially under brakes it dives like Bruce Seldon!

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Re: what weight rider are the stock springs set up for

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Yeah the front is way to soft STD like others have said especially under brakes it dives like Bruce Seldon!
Yup. The stock springs were .07 kg/mm in the Showa 43's. Serious mush. AT LEAST you'd go with a .85 or better to clean up that mess. But if someone provides their weight (ride with gear on) we do try to help them get the correct ones for their bike.

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