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Old 03-20-2012, 11:23 PM   #11
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If your suspension is stock, then there is alot wrong with your suspension
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:14 PM   #12
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Lol. I meant that there isn't anything broken.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:57 AM   #13
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What is wrong with stock suspension? How would better suspension change my ride?
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:13 PM   #14
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If your suspension is stock, then there is alot wrong with your suspension
I don't understand your statement... I'm sure there is lots of room for improvement over the stock suspension but what's wrong with it for the everyday rider?
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The katana stock suspension is set up for about a 150lb neutral position rider.

Very few people will fit that exact category with gear on, and there's not enough adjustment in the stock suspension to adjust it.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:20 PM   #16
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The suspension was made for a 160 lbs rider at best. And with the 10 years of wear an tear the OP's suspension has, I doubt it would be good for a rider of that weight anymore.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:43 PM   #17
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but what's wrong with it for the everyday rider?
It's total crap
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but personaly I dont see a point in a 1000 you can get the same power from a properly tuned 600 with less weight and better handeling.
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The front forks has weak springs for the rider weights. No adjustablility, what they make you think is adjustable doesn't work for crap.

The rear shock is also under sprung generally for the rider weight, the rebound is non-existant, and again... no adjustability unless you have the 750 and on those... again what they make you think is adjustable doesn't work for crap.

On a pre kat it is very likely the rear shock stopped working as a shock long ago...

For example, lots of people on stock suspensions talk about "scraping pegs" on the curves... that's a direct example of a poor suspenion. The rear isn't rebounding enough through the curves and droppes the rear as you go... eventually making for a sluggish response and scraping pegs/exhaust on the ground because the rear isn't rebounding approprioately. This leaves you also with a situation where the damping is comprimised because the shock is already half compressed.

Hands down, an improved suspension makes the bikes a completely different ride and extreamly more enjoyable.

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It's total crap
Care to elaborate or just going with the blanket statement that it sucks...

For a commuter, I didn't think it was THAT bad. Once you start laying it into corners there is a lot of room for improvement but for a relatively inexpensive sport-style bike I didn't think the suspension was terrible. I guess I've never been on a bike with the suspension set up for me though either...
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Care to elaborate or just going with the blanket statement that it sucks...

For a commuter, I didn't think it was THAT bad. Once you start laying it into corners there is a lot of room for improvement but for a relatively inexpensive sport-style bike I didn't think the suspension was terrible. I guess I've never been on a bike with the suspension set up for me though either...
What do you weigh? That has a lot to do with it also.
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