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Main Motorcycle: VFR1200
Join Date: Jun 2011
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One variable is surely the suspension. You probably would have to crank the preload nuts on the rear shock down about 1/2 inch for your weight.... but then its off for your wife. By memory, the proper sag for street riding is slightly less than 40 mm. Thats fully unloaded (wheel hanging from frame) to upright with rider. The fronts are not adjustable so ????
Riders position in corners has a large effect on these light bikes. Are you leading with head and shoulders?.... don't be more upright than the bike.
Yea suspension id definetely suspect. I might just adjust the rear suspension for a day and change it back for the wife and see how it rides.
Also im 6'0 tall with long arms, so i feel like im straight up on this bike. Hanging off i got my face in the mirror in the direction im going (pretty much). I doubt its my positioning. Ive even played with motorcross style leans to see if it helps but all that did is make the front feel even lighter..
Also i find the bike is very responsive to feedback, prolly because of the weight and the wide handlebars. But yesterday i was concentrating very hard on not moving a bit in the clover leaf and it still felt unsettling. I only have 2,000 miles on the bike so im sure there is still room for improvement on me, but i still feel im reaching the bikes limit.
Also i flew over a crest pretty fast yesterday and the wheel was almost off the ground, felt really squirrely up front when it came down (almost like it was gonna initate a tank slapper). Ive had my viffer off the ground a bunch of time over crests and it felt solid the whole time.
I doubt its bad bearings on the stem since its a brand new bike....but it really feels like it needs a damper or something..
That being said, my wife absolutly loves the bike. Me, i have to try really hard to ride it good. I almost wanna get a striple r or a daytona because i absolutly love the engine. Maybe i need to test ride them both ehhe.
I experience the same thing coming from my Ducati 748 to the R. With the Duc I could set up the corner and read the newspaper while the bike held the line. The Street wants to change with the least little imput. Drop your elbow slightly and the bike wants to turn. Not a bad thing, just something to get used to. I added some pre-load to the rear and the bike feels better in the corners. When the pace picks up I lean forward more and that helps with stability as well. Once you have experienced the difference you may have to get your own bike. Changing the setup for two riders frequently would be a pain.
Curious about your VFR as I am considering one for some sport touring. The only niggle I hear occasionally is some drive line lash. Some reviewers mention it and others don't. How have you found it?
Everytime I test ride a new bike and come back to the R I am renewed at how good this bike is. It pegs the fun factor scale.
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