Well finally the weather was warm enough (kinda) for me to fully test ride the 929 I recently purchased and all I can say is that I am NOT HAPPY
It's a bike I bought off a friend and though I did have a chance to ride it here and there on some straights, I never fully exploited the bike because it was not mine at the time and I don't like to get crazy on someone else's machinery.
Well today I got to beat on it a bit and man, this thing feels like a pig in the turns!!! I have never experienced such horrible stock suspension on any make, any bike. Compared to this bike my stock suspension on my old '01 R1 felt like it had Ohlins superbike suspension all around. What a let down, I'm very disappointed
I've read about these things here on the forum but I had no idea it was this bad! Driving in a straight line everything is fine, but once there's a turn involved that's where the suspension's weakness becomes readily apparent.
The rear shock feels like I'm riding on a chopper, almost like there's no rear suspension at all, wayy too firm. The forks are a joke, although I like my suspension a bit on the softer side these things are just too damn soft. Sitting still in the garage and applying the front brake, I can bottom out the forks just by pushing on them, wtf?
And as for the bike's behavior during cornering it's unsettling to say the least, zero confidence with this bike so far. The front end feels very vague, like it's running all over the place (steering stem is fine the front just feels like ****). Mid-corner is where it really gets ugly. The bike seems to have a hard time hodling a line through a turn. If you're easy on the throttle it wants to run wide and just feels "loose". Give it gas and the thing squats faster than you can say taco bell, throwing your line off again! The tires are not new and maybe that's where some of the problems lay but it just feels like a "pig" when turning. If you don't do everything "just right" the bike's all over the place.
The acceleration is acceptable, and the brakes are good but that's about all I can say about this bike at the moment. I was planning on installing a Scotts damper but I need to get these handling issues resolved first. I don't want to use a damper as a band-aid fix for a bigger problem. I don't even know where to start. Swingarm bushings? Re-spring the rear shock? Re-do the front forks? I've always found that stock was usually "good enough" for the street but I don't feel comfortable taking this bike to the gas station one mile away from my house let alone some twisties. I didn't think I was going to need to drop $$$$$$ right off the bat just to have the bike behave like it has at least a half-way, half-assed decent suspension.
At this point I'm starting to wonder if it'll even be worth it to try and resolve these issues. Considering just cutting my losses and selling the damn thing and getting something else. I could swear that when I rode it before (last summer and the summer before that) it wasn't nearly this bad, but then again I never got to play on the turns with it much. I know there's another thread going on about this and am wondering if this is a common thing for the '00-'01 blades?
I honestly can't believe that a bike can behave this poorly while turning. Maybe I just haven't had time to get used to it but right now I have zero confidence in the bike and wouldn't want it anywhere near a track
Do I seriously need to spend $2k on new swingarm bushings, shock, forks etc. just to get it to ride like a stock F4? I say again, WTF!!!!!!!!!!
I think I made a huge mistake, and to top it off I already started buying some upgrades for this bike. I know, I should have evaluated the handling first before spending money on other things but I had no idea it would be this bad and I've ridden alot of shitty sportbikes in my time. And I'd gladly trade this thing for a 99 zx-6 at the moment and I hate kawi's.