061Krr Suspension- Spend my Money
Iím thinking about what I want to do to the suspension of my 06 1krr. My last round of suspension upgrades was on my 02 F4i and I was satisfied. I got a great deal on an Ohlins shock and Racetech compression Gold Valve kit and I got the forks done by Ed of Trackside Engineering. Ed put in some RT 1.0 springs and a GSXR Showa rebound valve with a custom shim stack. I did minor tweaks from where it was set when he sent it to me and Iíve never had a problem with the front end, except for when I let a hack twiddle with it at a trackday a couple years ago. I sent that Ohlins shock to Dan Kyle and he resprung it and sent it back to me. If an old email properly documents the situation, altogether including having a Honda dealer install a new swingarm thrown in the Ohlins deal was about $1,400.
I got my 1krr in July 2016 and Iíve had some teething pains with it, but thanks to my good buddy Will I was able to make at least 1 trackday weekend at the end of the 2016 season, and Iím happy about that. Will changed out the fork seals due to them leaking and I forgot to ask him what oil he used .
Sadly Iíve never set sag on the 1k or turned any suspension knobs (I do think I know what Iím doing) because I wanted to see what was there based on feel/ performance, etc and I felt that the bike performed consistently on the street and track- canít say the same for her pilotís track manners.
Only undesirable track behavior I noticed was an occasional tendency to feel vague and/or to feel like itís pushing the front in T5 at NCBike, which is a long sweeping left- a keyhole actually. There were also a couple instances of feeling a reluctance to steer in a couple corners.
I suspect that my 215lbs was too much for the rear end of the bike (at whatever setting itís at) and a rear loaded geometry and insufficient throttle roll-on in T5 to get the bikeís rear to anti-squat could explain the handling ďissuesĒ.
To remedy, I plan to first take some measurements and see if my hypothesis hold true, then Iíve narrowed down my selections of parts to throw at the bike. Iíve decided that a revalve/ respring fits within my budget, riding intentions (1-mostly street; I like to commute to work and attend the occasional social event and 2- I would like to do a few more trackdays; I have 4 school days already booked for 2017 May) and the fact that I want bang for the buck and the engineering side of me knows that a name and label donít come with PixieDustô (LoL).
Iíve narrowed down the choices to either Racetech to do the front and rear or GP Suspensions for the same. I havenít done a price comparison, hoping and believing they would both be in the same ballpark and $100 shouldnít sway me too much. Iíve gotten a knowledgeable 3rd party recommendation towards GP and that I shouldnít need front springs with their setup.
I was interested in your guysí thoughts. More importantly, for those that have read this far, Iíd like to hear from those that have done both or either on the K6/7 Fireblade and their subjective opinions. Iíd also like some subjective opinions about the customer experiences of dealing with either or both.
-2006 CBR1000RR- Jardine RT-1 CF, GP Shift rearsets, color matched levers (more upgrades in progress)
-2013 CBR250R-ABS (Hers and now SOLD)
-2002 CBR600F4i (Track/Street) (was mine and now hers)
ZG Dbl Bbl, Galfer SS Lines, PC3r, Muzzy s/o, K&N air filter, NRC stator cover, ShiftMinder(WTF?), Fireblade brakes, fenderless, Gold Rearsets, undercut gears, Factory Pro Shift Kit
Ohlins, Racetech, Showa custom Suspension
Because 12,000 RPM makes me feel better