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954 Stock suspension settings

If this has already been answered then please forgive me and point me in the direction of the relevent thread. I tried searching in vain.

Does anyone know of some suggested settings for the 954's stock suspension? I remember seeing a site with different settings for different sized riders, it might've been sportsbikerider.com, but after looking found nothing.

I'm a fairly average sized rider at 171 lbs and 6'2" with a preference to sporty handling than comfort. And there's a bastard head shake when accellerating hard.

I don't have a dampner on the bike and would prefer to experiment with the setup before resorted to such devices. I know playing with the original suspension won't solve all my problems but at the moment I don't have spare cash to go throwing around on front ends and such.

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Re: 954 Stock suspension settings

Hi,

Take a look at Sport Bike Motorcycle Suspension Settings - Sportbike Review - Sport Rider

I am new to my 954 but have been playing around with the settings a bit. I tried the above settings but found them too hard for the bumpy UK roads. I am now back to near enough the standard Honda settings with just a little extra preload to the front.

From reading on here it seems the general agreement is that the front springs are too soft and should be replaced with harder ones. Plus a steering damper is the only real way to rule out that head shake.

I have also followed what others have said about running lower tyre pressures than Honda recommend. I am now running 34PSI Front and 39PSI Rear, this seems to help with feedback and grip.

Hope this helps.
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Re: 954 Stock suspension settings

A fellow rider was telling me about a site that would ask for your height/weight with full gear on/possibly riding style and give recommendations for your model bike. He mentioned Cycle World but i found nothing on there site. Anyone happen to know what I'm talking about. I too need to get my suspension adjusted.
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Re: 954 Stock suspension settings

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I'm a fairly average sized rider at 171 lbs and 6'2" with a preference to sporty handling than comfort. And there's a bastard head shake when accellerating hard.

I don't have a dampner on the bike and would prefer to experiment with the setup before resorted to such devices. I know playing with the original suspension won't solve all my problems but at the moment I don't have spare cash to go throwing around on front ends and such.

cheers
Hi soupnazi.

you're about the same size/weight as me (...well, a little lighter) but you could try the setting I started with on my 954 :-

Front Pre-Load - wound right in to maximum
Front Compression - 1.25 turns out
Front Rebound - 1.25 turns out

Rear Pre-Load - 4th Notch
Rear Compression - 1.5 turns out
Rear Rebound - 1.5 turns out


The "standard" settings are :

Front Preload - 7 turns out
Front Compression - 2.0 turns out
Front Rebound - 2.0 turns out

Rear Preload 4th Notch
Rear Compression - 2.0 turns out
Rear Rebound - 2.0 turns out



That said, when setting your bike up specifically for you, it's best to start with setting the sag (do a search in this forum and you'll find instructions - I run 35mm up front and 28mm in the rear - on non-standard suspension though), then set the damping to standard (2 turns out everywhere) and ride...carry a screwdriver and ride backwards and forwards over the same patch of road fine tuning the damping settings until you find something that you're happy with.

And I'd think seriously about saving up for a steering damper - you can pick up reasonable second hand units off eBay or out of the local motorcycling press...it makes a heap of difference to your confidence ahen going hard out of a corner on a bumpy road or track...


Good luck, Spanky.
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