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iProcrastinator Version 2.0
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:08:42 pm »
Yep, I'm guilty of procrastination.  BIG TIME.

It took 15 minutes for my buddy and I to set the Sag on the bike, and tweak the rebound.  Seriously EASY, and you should do it if you don't weigh 140-160 pounds. (That's what the bike is setup for at the dealership when you buy new.)

Here's what we did:

1. Put on my gear, and anything that I consider "normal" everyday things that go with - bags, rear trunk, tankbag (which actually lives in the trunk until I "need" the trunk).

2. Start with the back of the bike.  Get on the bike.  Bounce on it a few times, get off.  Measure the distance from the rear reflector bottom to the ground.  This is the "unloaded" ride height.  Write it down.

3. Get on the bike.  Do your best to steady the bike level, but try to keep all of  your weight in the seat and not on your feet.  I did this by using my "tip-toes" as lightly as possible to act like outriggers.  You want all your weight on the bike, ok?  :)  A third person makes it easier, but we did it like this.  Take the same measurements again.  Write it down.

4. Subtract the 2 numbers.  The objective is to make adjustments either "harder or softer" so that when you do the two measurements again, you're at 30-32mm (for starters). 

5. Once you have the rear, do the same with the front.  You need a 17mm wrench.  TURN EACH SIDE EQUALLY.  Seriously.  Tighten to raise the front...loosen to lower it.  There's lines etched that you can easily see with a flashlight, so write down your final setup and date it.

I feel a noticable and better difference during acceleration and braking, but as I was riding around today on my new PR2's and the new setup, I came to the conclusion that it's a much better ride today than the first 2300 miles.

It doesn't dive as much when you use the rear brakes only and the system clamps the one front caliper, and using both brakes I don't feel as much of that "rocking horse" motion when I'm turning the throttle (faster or slower).

I also think it likes to stay at the same angle in the turn a little better, too.  I don't have any sweeping turns, so I'm talking about 90 degree turns in traffic.

Anyway...go ahead and do these little adjustments and you'll be glad you did!
« Last Edit: May 16, 2012, 10:33:12 pm by RideBellChain »
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