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Hi guys!

What suspension setup (front+ rear) would you recommend for a ZX9-R F1 (MY2002).

I ride street, at normal speed, no knee dragging, no track and my weight around 85 kg (I guess that's about 175pounds).

Shall I stick with the default Kawa setup or...?

Cheers,

Dan
 

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Hi Dan,

Proper suspension adjustment depends on many factors; type of riding, skill level, road/track conditions, rider preference, rider weight etc. and will likely be different for every rider.

If you haven't already done so, I suggest you start with having some one help you properly set the static and rider sag on your bike. That made the biggest difference in suspension performance for me. (BTW, this is something the dealer should do before they let you out the door IMO.)

Here are a couple of sites that will explain the process. Make sure you are wearing all your riding gear when setting rider sag.

http://www.gostar-racing.com/information/motorcycle_suspension_set-up.htm#SET UP BIKE TO YOUR WEIGHT

http://www.curvechasers.com/performance/setup.doc

Good luck. :D
 

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Dan512 said:
Hi guys!

What suspension setup (front+ rear) would you recommend for a ZX9-R F1 (MY2002).

I ride street, at normal speed, no knee dragging, no track and my weight around 85 kg (I guess that's about 175pounds).

Shall I stick with the default Kawa setup or...?

Cheers,

Dan
There is no "default" setting. this is a common misconception. I've seen alot of variation in delivered settings, fork oil amounts, weight, etc.

You need a couple buddies to help you sag the bike first. That's the science. Then fiddle with the compression and rebound adjusters, in small steps and one at a time, until you are happy; that's the art.

Basics here:

http://www.sportrider.com/tech/146_0006_susp/

Enjoy. It's worth it when you get it right. The 9 will set up nice for bigger people, unlike most Hondas, for example.
 
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