World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Los Angeles, California
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It's tough to say that you "need" something changed but here was my scenario...I rode from May 2005 to December 2005 without changing my stock suspension, I just adjusted sag as much as I could so front wouldn't bottom and rear had a good range. I don't know what the range on the rear was, suspension tuners would do it at the track for $20. The tuners also adjusted compression and rebound based on my feedback.
I rode strong and comfortably for those 8 months. A suspension tuner suggested though that I get my forks revalved because when he pushed on the front, it sounded and felt strange to him, like he knew the oil inside the forks were old.
So even though it felt really good to me, I wanted to see the difference, and I've read in 20 million places that upgrading suspenion is key and just watching motorcycle races you noticed everyone talks and/or complains about suspenion setup, pretty much making or breaking their lap times. So I revalved the front and went ahead and got the correct springs for my weight. I wanted to learn more about adjusting the suspenion myself so I also invested in a rear shock that I can tweak based on articles I've read.
Results: I have to say the bike feels WAY better. Pretty much night and day. My bike absorbs bumps more, and feels more solid and planted. This is a big step in turning faster lap times because I'm more confident in my motorcycle and don't have to worry about bumps mid-corner. It's true what suspension tuners say that you really don't know what you're riding on until you've tried something different. In any case though, you still have to adjust your suspension for different tracks but overall, upgrading suspension gives you a better range for adjusting and potentially smoother curves. I'm still learning, but this was my experience.
Sorry such a long explanation :)