K-TECH SUSPENSION WISDOM
K-Tech’s James Harper reckons: “There’s not really much I can do here: the electronic system has three modes, and only one is adjustable. The nature of it means it’s rock solid at a standstill so it’s impossible to even gauge what changes in the settings are doing to it – all you can do is select ‘Manual’ mode, which is still semi-active but changes the damping parameters. You’re just asking it to work within a firmer or softer range of damping. Michael didn’t like it to start with, so we used Kawasaki’s well-tested settings from the launch (fork compression 8/15, rebound 10/15; shock compression 10/15, rebound 6/15).
“Front sag was set to 28mm, though even setting that is hard: the near-closed damping meant it was hard to settle and extend the suspension to take a reading. If you can confidently measure it, set it to 28mm. The shock was showing 12mm – just as well, as the adjuster collar is an absolute... (... James’s rant about skinned knuckles and poor access is too blue to print – CN). A shock with a remote preload adjuster would be welcome here!”