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Offline paul_o

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Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« on: 09 June, 2015, 08:48:34 AM »
Hi all,

Still got my TS and hopefully don't need to sell after all......

Took it out for a commute Sheffield-Reading-back yesterday, and having ridden my RSV-R (fully ohlins'd up) for a good while, I noticed how odd the stock TS setup felt.  The main problem was the strange undulations on rippled road surfaces - like a slight bit of bobbing.   I remembered threads by Bald Eagle, Schmeeze70, and more recently Dilbert on the subject of suspension, so I re-read these and collated the different settings I saw.  Of course, the best remedy would be better forks/rear, but for mere mortals who have to stick with the stock suspension (at least for now) I thought I'd try and get the best I could from them by reading through the different setups.

It's prompted me to start a thread whereby we list different settings (i.e. weight, pillion, riding styles) to help folks like me who want to try and make the best of what we've been given.  Maybe this could become a sticky?  Either way, I hope this is useful for others - I'm off to play in the garage later :)

Heres the few I have now - and to the guys I've listed, feel free to correct me if I've misread any of the settings in your posts (or if you've tweaked them).  For any further posts, if we can try and headline with your settings, then add any observations you can offer.

Here we go (1 turn (usually) = 2 clicks)

Bald Eagle
Rider weight          98kg (15.5 stone)
Front comp:          2 full turns out
Front rebound:      2 turns out
Front preload         4 rings
Rear rebound:      2.5 turns
Rear preload:       3 turns in from fully out (if riding with pillion, maybe boost the preload on the rear by 2 to 3 full turns)
Additional:           Sag measurement without rider 30 sag with rider 65.

Schmeeze70
Rear preload:     8 turns out
Rear rebound:     2.5 turns out (felt better for the Surrey roads.  If you want to ride a bit faster, then wind in the rear rebound by 1/2 a turn)

Molly
Rider weight:       86kg (13.5 stone) solo riding, but they work well with a pillion.
Front preload:      13 turns out from fully tightened
Front rebound:      2 turns out from fully tightened
Front  comp:         2 turns out from fully tightened
Rear preload:      4 turns in from fully wound out
Rear rebound:      2 1/2 turns out from fully tightened

Dilbert
Rider weight:      85kg (13.25 stone) solo riding
Front preload:      5th line just showing at top of fork nut.
Front rebound:      1/2 turns back from fully slackened off
Front  comp:         1/2 turns back from fully slackened off
Rear preload:       15-18 clicks out from fully tightened.
Rear rebound:      2 turns in from fully wound out

Slippery Sam
Rider weight:       75kg (12 stone / 165lb) without gear, solo riding
Front preload:      4 rings showing
Front rebound:      2 turns out from fully tightened
Front  comp:         2 turns out from fully tightened
Rear preload:      9 turns in from fully wound out
Rear rebound:      1 turn out from fully tightened

Static sag 14-16mm
For pillion and/or luggage - increase preload to return bike to same height as solo
« Last Edit: 01 July, 2015, 11:22:16 AM by paul_o »

Offline molly

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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #1 on: 09 June, 2015, 10:01:24 AM »
I have found the best starting point for the suspension is to fully off  back (soften) the front and rear preload and then take it from there. There is more 'sport' in the suspension than touring and the bike is still not ideal on bumpy  country roads but handles a treat elsewhere.
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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #2 on: 09 June, 2015, 12:08:33 PM »
*Originally Posted by paul_o [+]


Bald Eagle
Rider weight          5 1/2 stone

Quite a small chap then.....?


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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #3 on: 09 June, 2015, 12:10:58 PM »
The demo I had, which I guess was on std settings, seemed quite firm, it seemed to hit the bumps rather than ride them on the front.
When I get mine, I'll probably want to soften it up a bit, so I'll keep an eye on this thread  :002:


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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #4 on: 09 June, 2015, 12:13:47 PM »
What is a stone, could you do this in kg's ? :183:

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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #5 on: 09 June, 2015, 12:15:45 PM »
*Originally Posted by tcbandituk [+]
*Originally Posted by paul_o [+]


Bald Eagle
Rider weight          5 1/2 stone

Quite a small chap then.....?

An actual Bald Eagle perhaps ?

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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #6 on: 09 June, 2015, 12:19:39 PM »
*Originally Posted by tcbandituk [+]
The demo I had, which I guess was on std settings, seemed quite firm, it seemed to hit the bumps rather than ride them on the front.
When I get mine, I'll probably want to soften it up a bit, so I'll keep an eye on this thread  :002:
I was in Theale yesterday at HQ - maybe I can call on your "local knowledge" for a nicer way to get up towards oxford/silverstone?  I tend to go through Pangbourne, Wallingford, Great Milton, then cut up the M40 to Banbury, then over to Daventry - before my last boring schlep up the M1....

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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #7 on: 09 June, 2015, 12:22:34 PM »
*Originally Posted by Okkarsen [+]
What is a stone, could you do this in kg's ? :183:
Done - and amended the Bald Eagle weight.  Now more an albatross (sorry)
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And nicely back on topic
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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #8 on: 09 June, 2015, 12:29:58 PM »
Dilbert
Rider weight:      85kg (a stone is 14 pounds and 2.2 pounds = 1 kg) about 13 1/4 stone (solo riding)
Front preload:      5th line just showing at top of fork nut.
Front rebound:      1/2 turns back from fully slackened off.
Front  comp:         1/2 turns back from fully slackened off.
Rear preload:       15-18 clicks out from fully tightened.
Rear rebound:      2 turns in from fully wound out.

All off the top of my head at work, so about as reliable as a BMW GS  :001:
« Last Edit: 09 June, 2015, 12:34:37 PM by Dilbert »

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Re: Definitive Tiger Sport suspension setup thread
« Reply #9 on: 09 June, 2015, 09:33:54 PM »
Added to Sport sticky.
« Last Edit: 05 August, 2016, 10:58:08 PM by Sticky »