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Heavy rider from MD. Needs resprinng/suspension help
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Heavy rider from MD. Needs resprinng/suspension help - August 1, 2014, 12:03 AM

Hello,

I just purchased a used CBR1000RR 2008. upgraded from a 05' - 600RR. Reading up on what important mods I should make as far as performance and safety...I started looking into suspension. I've read on how how different and great your bike can feel, and ride if the suspension is setup correctly, but found this video in my research which pretty much tells me the stock shocks aren't adequate. I'm pretty sure the guy explaining it is a world renowned suspension specialist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDSamYctDF4

At my weight the stock suspension is no good..or too soft and unable to make the adjustments to fit me. So I want to go ahead and get a suitable Rear shock, and maybe at the least re-spring the fronts, if not replace them too. knowing that my suspension is inadequate just puts an "unsafe" thought in my head which I don't want, and I'd love to feel what a correctly setup suspension feels like. I mostly ride for pleasure and commute to work, but one day would like to do the track experience...at least once.

Can anyone suggest a brand / model to look at for my weight and use other than Ohlins? Something reliable and easy to adjust of course.

-Does anyone know of a shop, place and or person in Maryland...Frederick County area or not to far....that really knows a thing or two about setting up a suspension correctly?

-I'm a dense guy, grew up weight lifting, sports and eating hamburgers all my life lol. I'm about 280lb at 6' 1" right now. I just started going back to the gym since I got my bike and hitting 250lb wont be a problem.

Any other advice, places to start reading, researching about this topic would be great as well

Thanks,

Chris.

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August 1, 2014, 12:25 AM

I feel your pain. I actually owned an 08 CBR 1KRR with just heavier springs up front and the bike did fine with pretty aggressive riding on the street. I'm 6' and will fluctuate between 270 and 300 lbs throughout the year. I had Rick at RnR do all the work. That's the cheapest option. My suggestion would be a good set of heavier springs for your weight for the front along with professional installation ($~300) and a decent Penske double clicker ($800) sprung and valved to your weight for the rear. If you don't mind spending a bit more money, you can get a complete cartridge kit for the front forks which should run you around $800-1.2K.


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boomboom929 on here did my superhawk for me. He does good work and likely won't rape you unless you ask.. Racetech stuff. Really made a difference. I just went with proper springs and a setup on that bike. I did the V-strom with drt_jumper's help. Springs in front, shock spring in rear.

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August 1, 2014, 06:56 AM

Is it worth re springing the stock rear? How much does that route cost?

I'll probably start looking for a used penske, if not new. And just have the fronts resprung as well. Thats my buget, I can't afford all new fork internals right now.

If I'm just doing some joy riding for now, nothing aggressive, would you consider the bike safe to ride for now, with my weight? Or must I stay off the road.

I'll need to find a shop/mechanic as well that actually knows how to setup a suspension correctly.

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August 1, 2014, 07:16 AM

If you are not racing or doing a lot of track duty an aftermarket rear shock might not be worth the $$. I would simply have the front and rear resprung for your weight and have them set the sag for you and it should be good for any type of riding you would do on the street and an occasional trackday if your wish.

Doing so should run you arounf $300 for the front and maybe $150 for the rear at most. A Penske or Ohlins shock and fork set up is going to be best but not noticeable for any most street and novice trackday riding.

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Ok, that's what I really wanted to know. I haven't even driven the bike yet. I'm waiting for a day off from work to get the inspection, and titling done. aiming for this monday. I honestly can't see my self going to the track anytime sooon. So if just re springing my stock shocks will do the trick for street riding, safety, and comfortablity. ..this is the cost and route I'l go.

Back when I had my 600rr. The local honda dealer... had no idea what sag was, so I'm hesitant to get this type of service done there, I was looking at race tech and wondered about doing it myself...but if I'm going the buget route of just respringing...I might as well get it done by someone who does it for a living.

Anyone know of a shop closer to Frederick with a competent suspension mechanic?
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Easy fix is just to throw springs f/r on it. Best option is to respring and revalve but if you are just street riding its not worth it. Springs are about 250 for f/r and about 2 hours to install. We at RNR can do both if needed.


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Al right, I actually bought the bike not far from RnR, from Mike garner, says he knows Rick and to bring the bike down to you guys. I'll give you a call once I get off work or on break.

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You could call JT Motorsports. What you're looking at is pretty simple. I've bought stuff from them and had tires installed but that's it. They are nice guys and good to work with.
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