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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2010, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Bike feels heavy when turning

Just got an 05 RR (thanks Mike!). Coming from a 2002 F4i. Riding the bike home I noticed that it really seemed to fight me when trying to turn. I'd push on the handlebars but it felt like it wanted to stay upright.

The F4i just felt so much more nimble and flickable, especially after I lowered it an inch. I plan on lowering the RR too, maybe that'll help but I feel like the bike shouldn't be this hard to turn normally.
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What are your tire pressures set at? Lowering the bike will make the bike harder to turn anyway.
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Had the same problem. Tire pressures were about 6-8 psi too low in each tire and suspension was set way to soft

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my 05 was the same way... I mostly got use do it and can now throw it into curves or whatever with ease.. I also invested in a gpr steering damper... WELL WELL worth the cost
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What are your tire pressures set at? Lowering the bike will make the bike harder to turn anyway.
I'll hafta check, what sould the pressures be? And I'm not questioning your experience but when I lowered my F4i it definitely got easier to turn.

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Had the same problem. Tire pressures were about 6-8 psi too low in each tire and suspension was set way to soft
Interesting, because http://www.gostar-racing.com/club/mo...ion_set-up.htm says that if the front compression is too hard it will be reluctant to turn.

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my 05 was the same way... I mostly got use do it and can now throw it into curves or whatever with ease.. I also invested in a gpr steering damper... WELL WELL worth the cost
You're saying that the steering dampner helped out with getting the bike to turn easier? Or just worth it in general?
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I'll hafta check, what sould the pressures be? And I'm not questioning your experience but when I lowered my F4i it definitely got easier to turn.

Interesting, because http://www.gostar-racing.com/club/mo...ion_set-up.htm says that if the front compression is too hard it will be reluctant to turn.

You're saying that the steering dampner helped out with getting the bike to turn easier? Or just worth it in general?
For street use, typically what the sticker on the swingarm or what the VIN sticker on the frame says.

Harder suspension will make a bike easier to turn, but less stable. Softer suspension will make a bike harder to turn, but more stable.

Dampers work against the effects of the bars turning, so technically one would make turning much harder.
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are your tires old? Flat spots on them make it harder to turn.... new tires the bike falls right over

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I had the same issue when I bought my bike... drove it 5 miles to the dealer for an oil change to find out the tire pressure of the front tire was 18 psi
The guy I bought it from had put in 600 miles in a year and barely used. Once I got it back (I believe it was around 34-36 for the fron tire) was like a totally different bike...

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I had the same issue when I bought my bike... drove it 5 miles to the dealer for an oil change to find out the tire pressure of the front tire was 18 psi
The guy I bought it from had put in 600 miles in a year and barely used. Once I got it back (I believe it was around 34-36 for the fron tire) was like a totally different bike...
Ding ding ding. I honestly didn't even think about checking that yesterday before I rode home . Turns out they were at 18/20. The sticker on the swingarm says 36/42. All good to go now and the bike feels completely different. Thanks for the help guys!
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Tire pressure .... tire pressure.... first thing to check...





as for the GPR dampner.... when I installed mine... it made my turn signals flash brighter and my stock exhaust sound way louder !!! Then I took it to my friend's dad's garage dyno... and it charted an extra 15 horses and pushed the my red line to 18k.... although that could have been from the extra piston I put in last week.

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