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Food for Thought
Here are a some stories just to position the importance of properly set-up suspension.
I was reviewing some old copies of "Two Wheels Only" magazine recently, one of which was the October 2008
They did an article titled "The Science of Speed". They had Niall
MacKenzie ride a Kawasaki ZX10R around Brands Hatch, applied the following
changes and assessed the improvements each made, as a stand-alone adjustment against the stock bike.
Sticky road tyres
Exhaust and filter
Their conclusion was the first thing you should do is get
your suspension set-up properly as that gives the biggest gains. Next best
gains came from fitting sticky tyres. Their opinion on a race exhaust was that it is
virtually only good for saving weight and an after market shock needs a large
time investment to balance and set up.
Ironically the cheapest change, suspension set-up, provides the best returns!
Another interesting anecdote relates to the last season in
WSB of Troy Bayliss on the Ducati 999. Ducati had stopped developing the 999 engine the year before as the costs had become too great to match the 1000c fours, and they were negotiating the capacity increase to 1200cc for twins.
Troy was winning races not with an engine that
had been updated, but by manipulating suspension settings from the previous season. A point that to me
illustrates not only the impact of good suspension settings, but also, that it
is evolutionary in nature.
Riders who have their suspension set-up for them and their riding style, will ride faster and once they reach their new limit, their suspension
can be tuned again to help them find an even higher limit.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF CORRECTLY SET-UP SUSPENSION.