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2005 Honda CBR600RR
Hi John, just wanted to thank you for setting up the suspension on my bike. Feels a lot better now, the bumps can hardly be felt now but the most improvement I have noticed is the corners feels a lot more secure. Didn’t realise the suspension had such an impact on ride quality. Thanks again Imran

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CBR1000RR Fireblade
John, the bike is handling very well and is confidence inspiring since you
tweaked my set up. She turns in great now and once I had scrubbed my new tyres in I found a lot more enjoyment riding her.
I really enjoyed talking to you and would have no hesitation whatsoever
in recommending you to other riders. Best £30 I have spent in a long time.
Thanks again for your help, Regards, Ian.

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Honda Fireblade 2006
Just want to say a big thanks to John, I didn't think I would ever get on with my bike and was at my wits end, new tyres tried setting up the suspension all without much joy the handling was terrible!! Then I thought one last chance and I rang John on the slight chance it may make some difference, how naive was I.
Smiling from ear to ear after John had worked his magic I went for a superb ride and won't be looking back. Highly recommended and so cheap, a guy who really cares about what he does. Simon from Leeds.

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2005 Honda Fireblade. (on line set-up)
Evening John. Just wanted to say what a difference! It's literally transformed the bike for the better. The ride quality is vastly improved, I've lost all the problems I had at mid lean/corner and I have ZERO stability issues. Thanks again for the help. Anthony

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2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS (On line set-up)
Hi John, First of all thank you very much for your prompt reply. I have incorporated your recommended settings straight away. Honestly speaking, you should have seen the grin on my face when I rode to work this morning :)
I have not anticipated that it would be that big of a difference after just one ride! The bike is now planted.
Although I have read a number of technical books regarding motorcycle suspension my conclusion is that is definitely more of an art than a science.
All in all, definitely the best money I have spent on this bike so far. Once again, thanks for sorting things out! Best regards, Wojciech

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Honda CBR600RR 2009
Hey John, Well what can I say? I wasn’t expecting a big difference but WOW I got it. Perfect John. Thank you. It held corners perfectly and my knee finally went down. I try heading home but for some reason it wants to keep turning corners. Gaz

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Honda SP2
Hi, Since you set my suspension on my sp2 it has transformed the handling from being twitchy to now being planted, feels like a new bike. Many thanks Geoff

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2006 Fireblade
John I came to you with my Black CBR Fireblade and I'm not really not sure what to put but oh my god the bike is like a different bike into the corners, I’ll be honest after traveling back to Sheffield I came off at junc 30 M1 and I did about 20 laps of the roundabout and I couldn't believe how it went around after you had set it up, and I’ve been on it a couple of times since and all I can say is WOW cheers, regards Andy

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2002 954 Fireblade (On line set-up)
Hi, I have put the settings on and went for a 100 mile ride on Sunday. The bike was much better! Most noticeable on the rear.  Cheers

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Honda VTR1000
Hi John, Just a quick e-mail to say thank you for the superb set up on my Honda VTR. The progressive springs you fitted together with the adjustments made to the front and rear suspension have transformed the bike and improved my confidence 100%. The trip to Assen was superb and the bike handled all situations like a dream. I have recommended your set up service to many mates and will continue to do so. Thanks again John. Regards Tim.

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Honda Fireblade 954 (0n line set-up)
Hi John, What a turnaround! The bike now handles as I’d expect it to, it no longer loses its composure on mid corner bumps and I’m not sat on a pogo stick on bumpy roads. I have done 220 miles around the lakes and York moors today and didn’t feel that the bike was overwhelmed once and we were making some good progress early morning when the roads were quiet.
That must be the best money I’ve ever spent on a motorcycle! Once again many thanks for sorting out what was a pig of a bike to ride and making it "sing" once again. Regards Dan

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Honda CBR600F 2011
In April 2011 I bought a CBR600F, compared to my previous bike it felt light and quick to change direction on the road, but after 12 months I started to realise all was not well. Roundabouts, instead of holding the line I was constantly being pulled wide, corners where the same, the bike just didn’t want to hold the line and to get round corners I was always having to drop my speed for safety reasons, under hard acceleration the bike would squat and as for the state of UK roads the bumps where a nightmare everything just got out of shape. So it was decided the suspension needed setting up, after looking at You Tube videos and reading the wealth of information on the internet about setting up your own suspension I decided time for an expert, so I contacted John and asked for help. Due to the weather this summer (2012) I could just not get to John so I asked him to come to me, and he did, so on a very wet Friday John spent about an hour or so in my garage asking me to get on and off the bike while he measured and altered settings, the result, well on Sunday during a break in the rain I took the bike out for a test, it’s like a different bike, firstly it feels firmer when I’m sitting on it, bumps no longer get the bike out of shape it just takes them in its stride, and best of all, it holds the line and changes direction much quicker, roundabouts and my favourite twisty roads are all taken with ease, even the increased cost of John coming to me it is worth it, in fact John you really don’t charge enough for what you do! Jason

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Honda Fireblade 954 2003
Hi John, Just got finished with track day at Mallory park, the suspension was absolutely fantastic John. It was so smooth, predictable turned in held the line and exited without any issues. It’s amazing to go round Gerrards, The lake S's and the Hairpin with your knee planted into the tarmac and the Blade was so stable and not 1 sign of a headshake. All in all a fantastic day. The suspension was spot on and required no adjustments. You really transformed the whole bike with your adjustments and I felt so confident riding it fast.
Thx again John for sorting out the blades suspension! Regards Chris.

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Honda CBR600 RR
 Hi John Thank you very much for setting up my bike. Has to be the best money I have spent by far. After 35000 road miles and three different sets of tyres not realising what the problem with handling was. The back no longer drifts out in the bends, braking is so much better doesn't feel harsh as if it's going to chuck me and I wasn't thrown out of the seat over bumps.  We left Squires in what must be the wettest day this year and rode over to Seaways then home to Lincolnshire The difference was awesome such a smooth enjoyable ride, the bike felt planted and level, I had so much more confidence, even in the wet was keeping a nice pace.   Feels like a different bike!  Thanks again Sharon

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Honda SP1
John, Thank you for setting my bike up.  The front is a lot more forgiving and not pounding through my arms.  Much smoother in the bends handles much better all round and that's in the wet!! Has definitely made a big difference Very happy with your service and will certainly be  recommending you.  Now can’t wait for the next dry day. Thanks Pete

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Honda Fireblade 2009
Thanks for the great job you did to my 2009 HRC blade, and telling me what was wrong with the settings before asking me if I had any problems, you were spot on about the bikes rebound and how it being too hard and throwing me off the seat when I hit a bump, my gooleys now feel much better. I cannot believe how for the money the difference it’s made to my bike and my riding. Thanks again Steve

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Honda Fireblade 1000
Hi John, You adjusted the settings on my black Fireblade (I was one of your first customers, arrived with Roger on his HRC blade) The difference was simply outstanding, the bike felt far more responsive in both the handling and the braking. I only covered about 50 miles but to be honest within the first couple of miles I was over the moon. If you ever need a reference for your service please don't hesitate to use me. Regards Geoff

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Honda Fireblade 1000
John, the bike handles like a dream now thanks to you we had a good ride back from Willingham Woods. Roger

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Honda VFR1200
Hi John, Thanks for doing my VFR1200 yesterday. I can confirm that it's well and truly sorted. Glides into corners now, without the hustle that was needed before. Much more 'planted' in general. The bike feels level where it didn't before. It’s great and I'm so pleased I found you. Carl
 
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Honda Fireblade 1000
Hi John, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for the work you did on my Blade. Before I came to see you the handling was awful, it was like sitting on a plank and it would drift wide, out of the corners. What can I say, it's like a new bike! Also, the last little tweak you did last week seems to have improved it even more. Thanks very much, Tony.

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Honda CBR600RR
Hi John, I was out getting familiar with the bike again, been way too long. The rear is definitely absorbing the bumps better now, less bone shaking and more comfortable. The front is more planted for sure, it doesn't feel as if its going to fold when I'm leaned over, I'm no pro racer but you've definitely made a big difference with the new oil and settings, so many many thanks to you. Dave

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Honda CBR600RR
Hi John, I visited you last week for the suspension set-up on my CBR600rr6. I then visited Cadwell Park on Wednesday for a trackday. The bike was spot on the handling was excellent. You definitely eradicated the nervous front end twitch. It felt far better than previous times on track. Thank you for your help. Peter

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Taken from cbr-forum.org .CBR 600RR
I got mine set up the same time as Jacko71 and as soon as I rode it out of his garage I could feel the difference. He stiffened the front up from 5 turns in to 10 (max is 18 in), took the back up a notch and fiddled with the compression/rebound. I cant believe how much better it feels now, I'd had the front go on me a few times for no reason but if feels firmly planted now and does exactly what I want it to. Definitely the best money I’ve ever spent. BioGodBrand
 
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Taken from cbr-forum.org .CBR 600F
Went over last night and I have to agree with you. The bike feels much more stable into the corners. Doesn't lunge at the front and the rear doesn't bog down on the way out now. Very level front and back. I know some of you guys can do this yourself, but for the money and a ride out I thought it was worth getting someone who knows what they're doing rather than me. overide
 
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Taken from cbr-forum.org .Honda CBR 600F Sport
Went to see the guy last week and let him have a look at the bikes, he looked at mine and took some measurements we lifted the bike at the front measured some more then the back then me on it then off it after about half an hour he said "well yours isn’t far out from spot on but ill give some tweeks see how we go" 10 mins later I took it for a ride, and to say it wasn’t far out what a difference he made within 200 yards I could tell a difference, so I took it on some different roads (no twistys around Morley) really, but bloody hell the front seems to be so much more planted and the feel is unbelievable, it brakes better and handles better, I’ve heard people say it feels like a new bike and I didn’t believe it could but it bloody does, best money I’ve ever spent well worth a trip......Jacko71

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Honda Fireblade 954
Hi there John, Was out at the weekend and did out 240 miles, very happy with what you have done to the Fireblade suspension, the bike is a lot more stable in a straight line at speed and cornering has also improved as it hold its line better going in and coming out of the corner too, its a far better improvement to how it was, can not wait the get it round the TT course now. Big Thanks, Graham.
 
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Honda Fireblade 1000
Hey John - Did about 200 miles today on the bike – I’m pleased with how it handles through corners now, feels better over bumps as well. 
Regards, Steve
 
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Honda CBR600RR
John, I would like to thank you again for what you did to my bike. My first impressions when I took it for a short ride to test it were very good, they were even better on the ride home and when I went to east coast on Friday they were better still. I have a lot more confidence in it now, especially the front. There was no twitching from it like I have experienced before and it felt firmly planted going exactly where I wanted it to. Thanks once again, I will be recommending you to everyone I know with a bike. Craig.
 
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Honda Fireblade 954
Hi John, You set up my Fireblade 954 on Sat aft, You said I would be able to brake later into corners and you were true to your word. The bike is so much better under braking and all round handling. I noticed things before that was due to the suspension i.e., it was diving at the front end when I was braking and bouncing on bumps when throttling off into corners. You have made my bike so much better and my 3 mates whose bikes you set up all say the same. Thanks John it was a pleasure to meet you and I will be recommending you to all the bikers I know. P.S I will see you over the winter as we discussed that you would change my fork oil.
Thanks again John regards Simon.
 
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Honda CB1000R
Hi John, the front feels more direct now, with a lot less of the "flex" or weave I was feeling as I powered out of corners, that I thought was from the back end. I have started to throw it into corners now rather than just ride around like I would over winter, so I have much more confidence in the front end. Thanks for your work ... money very well spent in my eyes. Steve.
 
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Honda Fireblade
Hello John, ,You set my 02 Fireblade up on Saturday morning. The difference was so noticeable, more feel at the back, greater stability and she turns in like a dream.
Many thanks. Chris Courtenay
 
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Honda CBR 600F Sport
Hi John, Just a quick one to say many thanks for setting up my bike CBR 600 F sport, my initial reaction after the work was wow what a difference it made to the whole bike, handling, braking and acceleration have all been improved, it's amazing how some small tweaks can make a big improvement, I’d also like to say its nice to do business with someone who puts as much passion into their job as I do, too many companies just want your money these days its good to deal with someone who wants the job done right, once again many thanks I wont hesitate to recommend to my friends. Regards, Darren

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Honda VFR800
Hi John. Went to Cadwell Park, to watch not race, balls aren’t that big. The set up is amazing. Gives a lot better response in and out of bends, more confidence in bike handling. Have told a few mates, talked to other bikers and a lot know of you. If I have any probs will call in. Many thanks Adrian.