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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Suspension query New Owner S3 R..2014MY

Hi all,

I'm back again Speedy no 3... (must stop selling good bikes! - 2009 model and 2011 model)

I've just purchased a 2014 S3 R.

But...

Its been lowered. It has an adjustable linkage at the rear and the forks have been dropped through the yokes.
Can someone pls take a pic of their std rear bottom linkage so I can compare. I’m guessing it’s only the ‘adjustable’ linkage on mine that needs changing or adjusting..?

Can anyone tell me std settings please. How much of the fork is above the top clamp?
and what is the ‘length’ of the std linkage- say hole centre to centre..? (what do i measure for the rear?)

I appreciate the front is an easy loosen, measure and refasten but what do i need to do to the rear. Should i replace the adjustable linkage or buy a new 'triumph std one. Anything that will have been altered..???

When i sold my 2011 S3 i gave away all my manuals etc... = dummy.

...and it only has 8k's but is a 2014 - should i get a proper dealer service (no dealer service except initial one!) and rear suspension bushes etc sorted (as per rumours of seizing etc)...??

any help greatly appreciated.

BTW when i went off track it was for a ST3RS (Too buzzy) then Monster 1200 (sh*t fuelling and handling despite spending a fortune) and KTM Superduke 1290 (bits kept dropping off!)

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 01:43 PM
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Congrats!
I'm not a big fan of dealer servicing unless you have one you like and trust (I don't). If it were mine, I'd change the oil, flush the brake fluid and ride!

Re: the rear, I would try to revert it back to the stock dogbone and plates. I don't trust those things. That's just me though. While you're in there, clean and lube.

I measured my front triple clamp/fork. I can't guarantee this is stock as I'm the second owner and I know they've been out at least once for servicing. I don't know if the '13 and '14 have the same NIX30 forks so yours may not have the ring it the same place.
This is the right leg, measured at the 3 o'clock position if you were on bike looking down:



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Congrats!
If it were mine, I'd change the oil, flush the brake fluid and ride!

Re: the rear, I would try to revert it back to the stock dogbone and plates.
What he said...valve adjustment isn't due until 12k miles, so change oil, flush brakes, and lube chain.

For aesthetics I swapped out the headlight bracket for a Street Triple 675 one...it lowers the headlights about one inch and makes them look more integrated with the bike and less like an afterthought....

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Jmardy-

Many thanks for that ��.

I’ve just found a old post (5-8-2019) and their front measurement (S3R) taken between the line on the forks and bottom of the yoke is 5mm..yours is 7.38 - how does yours handle, what does it feel like?

I know suspension settings are ‘subjective’.

I’m just after the factory ‘std’ to start with...and i’m NOT vertically challenged... 6’3”

Deffo thinking about going back to original dogbone at the rear.. the adjustable doesn’t look strong enough -but hey..!

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IíVe looked but canít find a thread or pics about your headlight conversion..? Any pics before & after anywhere..?
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Jmardy-

Many thanks for that ��.

Iíve just found a old post (5-8-2019) and their front measurement (S3R) taken between the line on the forks and bottom of the yoke is 5mm..yours is 7.38 - how does yours handle, what does it feel like?

I know suspension settings are Ďsubjectiveí.

Iím just after the factory Ďstdí to start with...and iím NOT vertically challenged... 6í3Ē

Deffo thinking about going back to original dogbone at the rear.. the adjustable doesnít look strong enough -but hey..!
I can't remember if the TTX shock is length adjustable but you should check that too as someone who lowered it probably also shortened the shock.
Good to know about 5mm starting point.
Now that you mention it - and I don't know if this is because I'm switching between the Tuono, the BMW and the KTMs - but the Triple almost feels like it oversteers. I'll initiate a turn and feel like I need to reduce my input to get the line I want. Once in a turn it holds the line beautifully with no added input and it feels fantastic.
Enjoy!
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Lowered headlights mod...

https://www.thespeedtriple.com/forum...eadlights.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/binsar...n/photostream/

Lots of reading, but the info is there...

You only live once...and I feel like I'm running out of time...

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