@roadracerx Moved the discussion to the suspension area.@Bosston factory suspension settings are a very good place to start. The best place to start when you don't know what question(s) to ask is to start with what issues are you experiencing? Does the bike turn well? Does it run wide on exit? Does it fight you on turn in? Does the suspension feel too soft or too hard?
I will try to answer as best as I can since my riding experience is limited and don't have a lot of comparisons to draw against.
I used to ride a lot and felt I had a good enough control on the bike, on street and track. After a long gap however, I got back into the sport this year with the purchase of this 07 CBR. Take what I say below in that context.
But I also say, I try to qualify my answers.
Does the suspension feel too soft or too hard?
- I've only ridden this bike, after a few months of repairs, only on the track. So haven't had a lot of chances to see how the suspension soaks up bumps and holes. On the track however, it feels to be good. It doesn't seem bouncy. I feel it's connected.
Does it fight you on turn in?
- it feels like it tracks well. I know i've made some jerky moves on some turns with body movement or braking and the bike didn't get upset. I also, once, turned too early and went over the inside curb. the front went up and came back on pavement just fine. bit of pucker moment for me, but the bike just tracked.
Saved the best question for last:
Does the bike turn well?
- it doesn't feel as flick able as my old FZR, but I attributed that to being a bigger bike. there might be something a foot here!
Does it run wide on exit?
- It definitely feels like it. During my last track session, I was following the instructor and at the same time practicing tightening or widening of turns by using the throttle. What I noticed that getting on the throttle would make me go wide a lot more than expected. Both myself and the instructor would approach the turn at around the same speed, but he was able to carry a higher speed and a tighter line through the turn and exit. I would then have to play catch up in the gap to the next turn.
Up to today, I've been attributing widening of my line to opening up the throttle too early, but your questions turned on a thought that this really could be suspension related.
A few facts about the bike
I'm running bridge stone bt 22s
--factory size of 120-70 in the front
-- 190-55 in the back, instead of the factory recommended 190-50
The guy I bought from both shorter and lighter than me. It is possible that he adjusted the back side to be shorter.
He also told me that the front fork oil and seals were recently changed. I don't see any fork seal leaks, so I assume he was truthful, considering the age of bike.
If you had the patience to read this long essay, bravo!