K-TECH SUS­PEN­SION WIS­DOM

Performance Bikes (UK) - - KAWASAKI SHOOTOUT -

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!”

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