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Another 954 set up thread :-)

Well i have had my 954 blade nearly a month now haven't been able to get on wih it very well , feels kinda nervous , skitish over white lines and road imperfections . mis judging corners and feel like loading front to much on roundabouts and steering being pulled to the side on bumps
Thought it was me as used to more sit up bikes CB750, Z750, VFR750FG, 1200 bandit and vfr8000 and needed to get used sports bike riding position.

Setup From Previous owner
Tyre pressures as swingarm F-36 BT014F ,R-40 BT023R
Front suspension PreLoad 8 Turns out counter clockwise, compression and rebound 4 turns out
Rear Suspension preload 5 notch , compression 2 turns out , rebound 4 turns out

i'm about 180Lbs all kitted up so though all these settings to Hard and riding feels hard way it hit bumps

Today finally found some time to set up front suspension , turns out sag was around 65mm , think the hardness was actually forks bottoming out on bumps
best i could acheive was 35mm sag with the preload wound right in set all other settings to 2 turns out as stock and set rear settings to stock 4th notch and 2 turns out ,

lowered Trye pressures to F-32 R-36

Feels like a totally new bike even had conidence on fast roundabouts but front wants to drop in on really slow ones though

Should i have to wind front preload right in for my Weight ???
will have to think about front fork rebuild but not sure if do it myself or send it away some where ???
Can any UK owners suggest somewhere??
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Re: Another 954 set up thread :-)

I use Mark at MH Racing here in Chippenham Motorcycle Suspension Specialists | MH Racing LTD
I always set a new to me bike to PB mag settings, somewhere between road/track seems to work for me Fireblade Owners Club - Garage - Suspension Set-Up although it sounds like yours might need new springs, or just a service praps.
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I use Mark at MH Racing here in Chippenham Motorcycle Suspension Specialists | MH Racing LTD
I always set a new to me bike to PB mag settings, somewhere between road/track seems to work for me Fireblade Owners Club - Garage - Suspension Set-Up although it sounds like yours might need new springs, or just a service praps.

Thank you will look at those settings and see where i'm at yes springs and/or service were my thoughts too
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Re: Another 954 set up thread :-)

This one isn't a bad bit of know how too;
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Re: Another 954 set up thread :-)

Have looked at Pb Specs thank you looks goos and some other recommendations yesterday

they all say front preload number of turns out from full in i am assuming this is full in clockwise (fullyHard ) ??
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Re: Another 954 set up thread :-)

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Re: Another 954 set up thread :-)

Had nice slow ride into work roughly 40miles motorway, fast dual carriageway (very bumpy) and some country lanes , front seems really good , but don't think preload should be fully hard for my weight , maybe my riding style does push front to hard , but doesn't feel nervous any more ( front tyre pic attached) seems a bit torn up

Rear does still need work on bumpy dual carriage way rear was bumping me out of my seat over the bigger bumps but front felt stable
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Just remembered this guy Mail Order Repairs Carburetors Calipers Suspension if you want to do it mail order on the cheap.
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Re: Another 954 set up thread :-)

Are tyres squared off? If so it makes a serious difference, I was just seeing off a rear that previous owner had on and put a new on last week, transformed the bike and it's handling sharp as a tack. Steering damper is a good idea to
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Are tyres squared off? If so it makes a serious difference, I was just seeing off a rear that previous owner had on and put a new on last week, transformed the bike and it's handling sharp as a tack. Steering damper is a good idea to
Tyres look quite good profile rear is almost new BT023 , front is pretty worn BT014F

Front feels really stable now :-) steers where I want it , little bit of head shake when accelerating over white lines /crest of the road when overtaking , but nothing spectacular and fully expected

Will think about steering damper after exhaust and new front tyre , but as yet not felt it requires one
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