suspension tuning on Aprilia Atlantic 500
Am new to this forum. Like what I've read lurking....
Have an Atlantic 500 that I've just debugged with the help of people on the AF1racing forum. Love the bike, its position, pep, fuel economy, carrying capacity, but find that the suspension, especially the rear, is a bit too stiff for my liking. The dealer reminds me that the bike was designed with three digit speed capability, and they probably didn't want there to be any problems. When roads are rough or there are frost heaves, it can be quite harsh. The damping is great, but I feel that the whole system could be more 'active' and though there is limited travel, it could be made to work better. What gives me this idea is that I've also had a couple of Helixes, which ride like 'butter', even with smaller wheels and limited travel. I need help in finding rear springs which would give me the same static ride height or sag, yet have a softer compression and rebound. It is possible that the gas shocks are just too tight, but a more expert rider might have to determine that. Up front, I think trying a lighter fork oil might help; I would try that before changing the springs. Nobody 'round here wants to get involved; they might if it were a race bike or a motorcrosser. A standard retort might be 'Hey, it's a scooter, the suspension is never going to equal a motorcycle, with all that unsprung weight...' To which I reply: true, but if I could just back it off a tad, say halfway to the relaxed ride of the Helix, it could be done, and since I only really need springs and maybe fork oil change, it shouldn't cost too much.
Who could help me with this?