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I’ll admit that it’s an area I’m not all that conversant with. I have NEVER altered the settings on my Nitron shock that I fitted @ 90,000 km and now it has 210,000. I just seem to have all the fun on the bike that I’m ever likely to, without feeling the need to buggerise around with micro adjustments.Same with the Ohlins on the V85, it seems to do all I want straight out of the box.I’ve seen a LOT of guys trying to sell snake oil to wide eyed owners by “tuning” their suspensions.Look…I’ll readily admit that there was a time where if Valentino Rossi’s suspension technician was left alone with my MV Agusta and did NOTHING, I would have ridden off and convinced myself that it was better. Maybe this guy is all he appears to be, so that is absolutely fine with no hint of derision.If VR himself took your bike out at Mugello and clocked a time, then after some “adjustments” went out and did 2 seconds better, you’d think it was great and no doubt cuddled up to the plastic wrapped photo of him on YOUR bike with the shredded tyres, that night… I just think there is a large opportunity to tell guys what they want to hear and relieve them of cash for the privilege. If our guy tunes your suspension and watches you do some laps, he only has to tell you that you were 3 seconds faster and you’ll believe it, if you are prone to that kind of thing.But like anything, if you feel better then it’s been worth the money.
I've been largely the same, but the Griso is different. Is WAY too easy to have a goofy setup and a bad handiling bike than any other I've owned. I was fortunate to buy mine used from a known Guzzi specialist, so it was set u optimailly, but I have helped dozens of Griso owners take their bike from clumsy to nimble just buy setting the suspension for THEM. Perhaps I am sheltered, but the Griso has the most adjustible suspension of any bike I've owned, and it took a while to get it dialed in including tire pressure. yMmV
Bulldog, can I assume you’re experience tells you stock suspension is adequate with proper tuning? Just getting to know my GRiSO, and this is of great interest to me. Blew out a fork seal immediately upon taking ownership, so I had them replaced and 5weight oil used. 4(outer tube rings) above the tree. Yesterday did 160 miles to find my license plate curled up under the seat (tail tidy equipped) so compression on the rear clearly needs attention! <200#
I'm sorry but what does BD1- BD2 and GG stand for?
Interesting.For those interested (data geeks) here is a spread sheet I keep this stuff in. Just added Dave Moss's setup for comparison.**Settings for all compression and rebound is COUNTER CLOCKWISE from fully closed. STOCK BD1 BD2 GG Dave MossFORK Tubes (rings showing) 1 2 2 2 2FORK Preload (rings showing) 4 4 5 4 5FORK Compression (bottom) 1 1 .75 .25 2.25FORK Rebound (top) 1.5 1.5 1 2.25 1.33 REAR Preload (threads showing) 12 15 15 15 17REAR Compression (top) .25 1 .75 .25 1REAR Rebound (bottom) 17 30 25 40 21 I'm Running BD2 right now and like it very much, but will try out Dave Moss's settings. I found his front compression settings a bit odd, but with increased preload may even out. The Griso can be an awkward fat girl or lithe athlete depending on suspension settings and tire pressures.
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