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Replacing a set of forks to hopefully improve the ride.

Postby Dazw101 » Sat May 12, 2012 9:56 am

Hi there,

I have a fantastic 02 zzr1200, it does it job great on the long drive to London, however it suffers a bit when I push it on the B roads.

Now I know it's not exactly a supersport, and I cannot justify swapping it for another bike. So whilst I'm sat here in Afghanistan waiting to fly home, I thought I'd ask for some advice/suggestions on improving the handling in general.

The bike has very limited suspension adjustment and one of my thoughts was to replace the forks with a set from a zx7r. Now without actually measuring and getting my hands on a set, would it be a reasonably straight forward swap?

Will I need a new front wheel? I presume the zx forks will slip straight into the zzr clamps.

If this is too much hassle, I may just put new oil in and progressive springs.

I have every intention of replacing the rear shock too, probably something from Hagon.

Anyway chaps, please fire away, I'm open to suggestions, and thank you all in advance for any help. Daz
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Re: Replacing a set of forks to hopefully improve the ride.

Postby zzr11gaz » Sat May 12, 2012 2:03 pm

ihave just taken mine to be set up by a suspension expert and he ajusted the hagon rear shock plus put more preload on the front . checked the sag front and rear all for £25 so now at least i know it is right . it does feel a lot better less kick and bounce. i think the best way to ride one of these is to be very smooth use the tourque of the motor . if you slam the brakes on before the corners it seems to unsettel it to much . slow in fast out .
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Re: Replacing a set of forks to hopefully improve the ride.

Postby SteveZZR » Sat May 12, 2012 4:25 pm

zzr11gaz wrote:ihave just taken mine to be set up by a suspension expert and he ajusted the hagon rear shock plus put more preload on the front . checked the sag front and rear all for £25 so now at least i know it is right . it does feel a lot better less kick and bounce. i think the best way to ride one of these is to be very smooth use the tourque of the motor . if you slam the brakes on before the corners it seems to unsettel it to much . slow in fast out .



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Re: Replacing a set of forks to hopefully improve the ride.

Postby scunny1 » Sat May 12, 2012 8:57 pm

I could do with an "expert" to sort my pogo stick out too!
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Re: Replacing a set of forks to hopefully improve the ride.

Postby Dazw101 » Sun May 13, 2012 5:51 am

Try Alpha Suspension, I'll be using him when I've changed my forks and rear shock. He's in Leeds.
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Re: Replacing a set of forks to hopefully improve the ride.

Postby zzr11gaz » Sun May 13, 2012 2:26 pm

alpha suspension was the man ........................
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