Getting Bike Set Up, Money Well Spent?

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  1. Chubzilla

    Chubzilla Well-Known Member

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    Got me a daytona 650 which hasn't handled great since owning but I've felt that it could be, I weigh approx 112kg so I've had heavier fork springs and heavier fork oil, rear suspension slightly raised and its getting some angel gt 2's fitted tomorrow.

    My question is do you guys set the suspension on your bikes yourselves or take it to a shop to get it done?
    And roughly how much would I be looking at to get it set up right?

    I've been watching dave moss on YouTube and would love to have him set the bike up.
     
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  2. Ducatitotriumph

    Ducatitotriumph Crème de la Crème

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    Have you set it to the default factory owners manual Settings?
    Probably best to start from there but you've changed alot of stuff (for the better) so yes, pay the money (about £60) and ride away happy!!!
     
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  3. Chubzilla

    Chubzilla Well-Known Member

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    I was expecting to have to travel, thanks for the link
     
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  4. Chubzilla

    Chubzilla Well-Known Member

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    I had everything set quite hard as the suspension was so soft but since having springs and oil it's slightly to stiff, I'd rather put money into the safety/handling before spending on mods.

    Will definitely be money well spent

     
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  5. Chubzilla

    Chubzilla Well-Known Member

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    I got the angel gt2's fitted this afternoon and took them out for 50+ mile ride to scrub them in and
    OH DAMN!! what a difference they have made.

    It felt as if they were 'scrubbed in' within a few miles and the grip was amazing but I did have a couple small niggles but by no means do I regret getting these but theyturn I. A little more aggressively than I personally like and they are a little hard but that could be down to uprated suspension.

    My only comparison is against the battlax I've just taken off that were badly worn and squared off, hopefully this helps someone a bit.
     
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  6. Pegscraper

    Pegscraper Elite Member

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    Good tyre choice and well setup suspension go hand in hand for a good handling bike. Crap tyres will drain your confidence in an instant and completely negate the best premium suspension. I changed the OEM tyres on the Street Scrambler at barely half worn after some iffy moments in the wet. Once your faith in a tyre has gone, so should the tyre IMO.
     
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  7. Chubzilla

    Chubzilla Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't agree more, the lad at the tyre shop was telling me a guy with a BMW1000rr (something fancy) came in the shop and changed out a virtually new set of tyres as he didn't like them at all! I thought he was crazy until I had these changed and now understand exactly how much difference they make.

    Let's hope the last more than 3000miles
     
  8. andypandy

    andypandy Elite Member

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    Last time I had some tyres changed was at my local bike shop. I had some PR4's put on my 1250 Bandit. The owner said I don't suppose I need to tell you to go easy for the first 100 miles to scrub them in but we had a dickhead a while back who I'd warned and he set off like a scalded cat and skidded right across the footpath and crashed into the bus shelter. I would have liked to have seen that.:eek::rolleyes:
     
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  9. Pegscraper

    Pegscraper Elite Member

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    Yeah, you'd think even someone new to biking would work that out! You only have to rub your hand over the tyre surface to see the grip will be compromised. I bought numerous new bikes from Carnell's in Doncaster in the 80's/90's and would get the same advice regarding the tyres from the salesmen every time. "You wouldn't believe the number of people we've seen drop their new bike within sight of the showroom!".
    Crazy!
     
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