ride height adjustments/different tires...? - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
Track Talk This forum is all about discussing riding and setup tips for different types of racetracks. As well as discussion about the local racing scene.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
"PC" ,my balls
bluebusa60544's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Yorkville
Posts: 1,620
Location: Yorkville
Sportbike: '02 GSXR1000 (street),'02 GSXR600 (track),'94CR125 (dirt), 3x pocketbikes (oval), KTMs x 3
Years Riding: 20 years
How you found us: Google search
ride height adjustments/different tires...?

I'm trying to get the best set-up for my bike and one thing I've neglected to look at was ride height. I'm currently running Bridgestone BT012SS tires. The problem is I don't know the stock height/circumference to see if I need any adjustment to maintain stock geometry.

Or does it really matter? Should I just look for a comfortable set-up for me and then maintain that?

And finally when switching tires or adjusting ride height to change bike's front/rear attitude is it OK to make the adjustments by sliding the forks through the triples or is shimming the rear always the best bet?

I'm not that fast that I can feel a slight change. I'm more concerned with messing up the bikes geometry and creating problems.

My wife thinks we're a bunch of Top Gun wannabes with our call signs, so for future reference, I'm Roger

I've done some things I'm not proud of...and the things I am proud of are disgusting - Moe on the Simpsons
bluebusa60544 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 09:38 AM
Odysseys's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: balls deep in someones mom
Posts: 60,258
Location: balls deep in someones mom
Sportbike: 2010 Electra Glide Police Edition 103cu
Years Riding: a long time!
ahh yeah, you need to get to 4&6 to have the bike computracked, once you do that, you find out alot of things, like 1 is the bike tweaked? if not move on. then you find out how far off your chain alignment is by patch contact alingment, then you find out based on specs of race sheets or what not, the best starting point to set the alignment of your forks, the swing arm pitch, the ride hieght, etc, etc, etc,.

once you get this all done, THEN if you switch from tire brans to tire brand, you can simple call him up, and ask for the referance to alter for diameter if the differant tires.

there is more to this then even copying someone elses set up on the same bike and the same model and year!

Odysseys is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 09:43 AM
Super Moderator

Vcook's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Winfield
Posts: 43,221
Location: Winfield
Sportbike: bikeless
Years Riding: 10
How you found us: Shit, you know I'm a clsb OG!
Send a message via AIM to Vcook
i always felt my gsxr600(almost same geometry as the 1k) would have really benefitted from more rear ride hight. I'd put some washers on the top of that shock and get a tad more height! my 2 cents.

or you could spend money and have 4&6 computrack and get some real information.


Last edited by Vcook; 04-05-2005 at 09:48 AM.
Vcook is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2005, 09:51 AM
Registered User
Chunk's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Chicago
Posts: 13,847
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: I don't ride
How you found us: google
I personally wouldn't worry about any of the above unless it causes an REAL problem in the way my bike handles. There are no magic numbers in setting up your bike. What works for one guy may not work for another.
Chunk is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome