Wow, alot to think about, you must have gone through all these chassis and suspension adjustments on your 600,
Oh yea! lol Not just mine though, I have a couple friends that race AMA that I crew chief for. That makes for a LOT of bike set up time.
is there a chassis setting you settled on?
You're never "settled", suspension is about riding faster and harder until the bike does something you don't like, then you fix it. Then you ride faster and harder until it messes up again, then you fix that problem. Each time you should be getting a little faster.
So it's NEVER "done"
I run my forks 6mm above the trees, 36-38mm sag,
Do you know what that length is? 6mm showing sounds HUGE! Measure the fork length. You measure it from the top of the lower triple to the center of the axle. Like I have mine at 508 right now.
Sag is a good thing to give you a starting point, personally I don't track it after that. Sag is a static measurement, you don't ride a static bike, so you need dynamic measurements.
I know some tuners base everything on sag, I guess it's a personal preference. IMO sag is somewhat of a waste. Because stiffness is going to vary from one track to another.
Example: At JGP, it's a flowing track, no heavy braking, no banking to speak of and no elevation changes. So we tend to run light springs there. My sag there is on the higher end of the spectrum. Now, go to Barber where you have HUGE g-loads and you need a TON of spring! Or Homestead where you have HEAVY braking, again requiring lots of spring. Well your sag there will me far less static than compared to JGP.
So sag is good to start, until you ride the bike...
shock lengh 298mm, sag 32mm, and yes the stock linkage.
Sounds short... I need to measure my shock on the 600 this weekend. I know on my 1000 my sheet here says I am at 308mm.
Do you know how much preload you have on the shock?
Is there a more linnier linkage out there?
Yea, Lee Cycles in Cali I know was making a couple more linear links, much like the YS-0 and YS-1 Yosh makes for the gixxers.
I also think I saw either Attack or Erion was making them too. But I haven't looked in a WHILE!
I would like to just pick a good setup and concentrate on lowering my lap times, but is that just a pipe dream?
Pipe dream? No... But I think you might be approaching it a little wrong.
It's a work in progress, you have to work through whatever is going on. I could give you the settings I use and you might think they SUCK! And depending on your pace, riding style, track, they just might suck lol.
Work into your own set up. You will see improvements, but it takes time and patience!
And understand that everything you do has a pro and a con. Think them through then try it out.
Make sure you have a good set up sheet and track every change you make!
Thanks for having an interest in helping this old guy trying to keep up with the kids.
My pleasure man, we gotta keep up with these kids some how! HAHAH