Setting up suspension on a Concours 14?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by speedracertdi, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    I just got a C14. I need help on setting up a baseline on the suspension. There is nothing in the owner's manual about it. I have had lots of bikes in the past but nothing this technologically advanced. Can any one give ideas or post a link to some good information? Thanks!
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  2. mpowers

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    Reread the owners manual, it's in there for setting up for 180lb rider. After that ride the bike, write down what you like and make one adjustment at a time in the direction you think you would like for the bike to feel.

    Everyone with a c14 has their bike set up differently depending on road and style. So just use the owners manual as a base line and work from it.
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  3. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    I re-read the manual tonight. You're right, thanks. I am still looking if anyone has links to any good articles to read on the subject. Biggest thing I would like to know is how you setup the preload sag to your weight for the street. Manual says the bike is setup for a 150lb. rider. I'm 245 and it feels fine. Although, I haven't pushed this bike at all yet.
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  4. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    Adjust the preload so the sag is about 30-33% of travel. This sag is measured with you on the bike in riding gear. If you google motorcycle suspension sag you will get plenty of information on the subject.
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  5. olie

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    I am 245# and my set up has been so good that I only change the pre-load when riding 2up. I have a note of that someplace but I am sure I have posted on www.concours.org forum. Try a search there, meanwhile I will be looking for my notes and will post here.

    Edit: copy of my posting

    I am 6'-3 and about 245-250 Lbs. My settings are as follow:
    Forks: 10mm and 4 clicks out (rebound)
    Shock: 24 (?) clicks in and 1 click out (rebound)

    These settings are a bit stiff but...I like them that way for spirited riding. For 2up, I will just adjust further the shock preload.
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  6. anglerdon

    anglerdon Senior Coot

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    Good advice all.

    I like those stock tires pumped up a little higher than the recommended 42psi. I had mine at 45 rear and 44 front. It handles better.
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  7. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone. I'm going to read up on whatever I can find on-line. Olie, I'll try your settings we're close in height and weight. I can tell you, I was on bouncy I-95 running through Miami last night. Felt like the wheels were catching air on the rebound. I turned the fork damping out two clicks and it seemed to help alot. Couldn't reach the rear while riding (duh) so I'll turn the shock out a couple of clicks today. On a side note from last night, are R1s really that slow?:lol3
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  9. fretless

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    On a 2010 C14, are the rings around the front preload cylinders calibrated to something, like 2 or 3mm, or are they just an arbitrary reference?
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