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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Sport touring my 675R

So I have decided to see the country on my 675R (well the states around Ohio at least). I have bought some heli-bars, some Pilot 2's, a bigger windscreen, gel seat.... I think that is it. My question refers to the suspension. I have my bike set up now for me with my track gear on. Is it feasible to ride down to my local dealer with my touring luggage loaded up and have them set me up for touring in such a manner that I know how to get back to my original settings? I ultimately want to know the difference between the two so I can switch back and forth. Would the suspension stay consistent enough to be able to do this? Or will I have to go through the entire process of measuring, adjusting etc?

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Very possible...

Before you take it to have it set up:

Take a screwdriver and turn each clicker in to full stop, counting the clicks as you adjust. Return them to that setting and move to the next adjuster.

Be careful to record each one in a manner that you will be able to remember which one was which...

Take the bike to the dealership and have them set the suspension up for you with your touring setup.

Return home and repeat the process above.

You should then be able to recreate each setup by simply screwing each adjuster in to full stop and then back off and count the clicks to get to the desired setup.

Once you do this, it also frees you up to begin making minor adjustments as you ride to see if you can fine tune your setup. I found that measuring and setting sag only accomplished part of my setup needs, especially at the track. With these setting recorded, you can always go back to a baseline setup.

It will be a little more complex if you adjust preload, especially on the rear shock since that is accomplished by adjusting the locking collars on the bottom of the spring housing, but you can count the number of threads exposed just like you can count the rings exposed on the front fork preload settings.

Writing everything down in an organized manner will allow you to return to a known setup as you fiddle with it...

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Thank you very much. That all makes total sense. That brings up another question I have now. Will my suspension "break in" over time?

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Suspension deteriorates over time as the oil ages and turns to sludge. If your bike is brand new, then rebuilding anything won't make much difference, but once the bike is a few years old, refreshing the fork oil and shock will make a world of difference.

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