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It looks like adjusting my rear suspension is a bit tedious if one day there is only me on it (12 stone) and another day the Mrs as well (x stone).


I cant be messing around all the time like that it will take ages wont it - setting it for each occasion?


Not taken the Mrs yet but if I do it just for one journey it doesnt seem worth the hassle. I think the suspension is very comfy as it is with just me.


Is it easier and quicker than I imagine? I guess its an important thing to do for safety and comfort and tyre wear, balance etc...?

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Nope, I've never adjusted mine either... And I take The Wife on the back quite a bit. Always keep an eye on the tyre pressures though.. I've never had a problem with it. My riding style is different with a pillion anyway so I don't tend to load the suspension as much cos I'm less...errr.....severe on the bike when carrying a passenger, avoids clashing helmets etc.

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I change my preload because I'm usually two up, and I find it improves the handling and lets the bike turn sharper and not drift wide. Also it makes it so the headlight is at the correct height instead of blinding everybody on dipped beam.

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I am suprised by the amount of people that dont adjust it because my DAS instructor mentioned it a few times and on both of my tests they asked questions covering that subject.


So I thought oh yeah Ill be doing that but now I am thinking what a hassle.


Unless I can get the process down to a few minutes the Mrs will have to walk

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I am suprised by the amount of people that dont adjust it because my DAS instructor mentioned it a few times and on both of my tests they asked questions covering that subject.


So I thought oh yeah Ill be doing that but now I am thinking what a hassle.


Unless I can get the process down to a few minutes the Mrs will have to walk

 

I've the same bike as yours, and often have pillions on the back (various weights).

Trying to sort the rear suspension out for that would be a pain in the bum!


So I just set it for me on me lonesome, then leave it as is.


You're not going to ride as fast and as "committed" as you would on your own, so not setting it isn't going to be that much of a deal..

I mean... the guy who gives you a pillion ride around the track at the Moto-GP events doesn't re-set it for each and every person he takes out - and he's going full out!


Set the bike for how your going to ride it MOST of the time and leave it at that 8-)


(UNLESS you're going to do a long journey two up etc... then it may be worthwhile)

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I am suprised by the amount of people that dont adjust it because my DAS instructor mentioned it a few times and on both of my tests they asked questions covering that subject.


So I thought oh yeah Ill be doing that but now I am thinking what a hassle.


Unless I can get the process down to a few minutes the Mrs will have to walk

 

Most bikes take about 30 seconds to adjust, and you'll need a special spanner which will be in your tool kit!

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Most bikes take about 30 seconds to adjust, and you'll need a special spanner which SHOULD be in your tool kit!

 

My toolkit had a spare car tyre valve, some epoxy resin, an adjustable wrench and a small tin of 3 in 1 oil.....


things you don't check when buying a second-hand bike :lol:

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Most bikes take about 30 seconds to adjust, and you'll need a special spanner which SHOULD be in your tool kit!

 

My toolkit had a spare car tyre valve, some epoxy resin, an adjustable wrench and a small tin of 3 in 1 oil.....


things you don't check when buying a second-hand bike :lol:

 

Lol, I always keep the toolkit whenever I sell a bike on :lol:

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OK, its a hassle to do on some bikes, but as has been mentioned, your bike will handle and steer like it did one up, the headlight will be in the right area on the road, and itll generally work better.

To be fair if I was running the missus to work, I probably wouldnt, but if you are off for a Sunday mornin ride, why end up with a bike that handles like a pig in knickers? Adjust it, and enjoy the ride.

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I have a ZZR1200 and I have a remote adjuster by the right hand passenger footpeg...


I am not sure if the ZZR600 has the same adjuster but if it does just turn it clockwise 2 clicks...


If not it will be a "C" spanner and skinned knuckles...


Try riding it 2 up as is and see how it feels...

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