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Old Jul 19th 2015, 11:42 AM   #1
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Upgrade suspension on 899 or upgrade to 1299

I am looking for advice on what to do with the suspension on my 899. I am no expert in suspension set up but just feel it is a little too soft for spirited riding. A little bit about myself. I am 39 years old and rode mostly CBR'S in my younger years and for the last 10 years or so rode Harleys and customs. In 2012 I purchased a 848 streetfighter then when the 899 panigale came out I just had to have one. On July 4 2014 i purchased it without thinking too much about some important factors I should have. My geared weight is 230 lbs and today riding in the luray mountains on rt 211 I was having a great run up the mountain but just didn't have the best feel with the front end. At one point felt like it was about to bottom out and felt a slight slip though nothing that would cause great concern.

My question is, are the showa shocks standard proper for a rider of my weight. They are stock and the preload has been adjusted by the dealer I purchased from. Or should I look into upgrading to the ohlins suspension which at that point should I just spend the extra to get a 1299 which already has the ohlins.

I look forward to any advice I can get.
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Old Jul 19th 2015, 11:47 AM   #2
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If it's just road riding, just get different springs and revalve the stock stuff. Won't cost you much at all. The Ohlins on the 1299 isn't sprung for your weight either.
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Old Jul 19th 2015, 03:44 PM   #3
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Like he said, just change the springs. It won't cost you but about $200 or so and you'll be good to go.

That Showa suspension is fine for street riding, you just need it sprung properly.
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Originally Posted by WayOfLife View Post
I am looking for advice on what to do with the suspension on my 899. I am no expert in suspension set up but just feel it is a little too soft for spirited riding. A little bit about myself. I am 39 years old and rode mostly CBR'S in my younger years and for the last 10 years or so rode Harleys and customs. In 2012 I purchased a 848 streetfighter then when the 899 panigale came out I just had to have one. On July 4 2014 i purchased it without thinking too much about some important factors I should have. My geared weight is 230 lbs and today riding in the luray mountains on rt 211 I was having a great run up the mountain but just didn't have the best feel with the front end. At one point felt like it was about to bottom out and felt a slight slip though nothing that would cause great concern.

My question is, are the showa shocks standard proper for a rider of my weight. They are stock and the preload has been adjusted by the dealer I purchased from. Or should I look into upgrading to the ohlins suspension which at that point should I just spend the extra to get a 1299 which already has the ohlins.

I look forward to any advice I can get.
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Old Jul 20th 2015, 02:59 AM   #5
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Just get what you have tuned. Go to a suspension expert and either spend $50 for them to adjust the stock suspension to your weight/riding or pay 'em more to get proper springs. A well set up base suspension is going to perform far better than a non-set-up Ohlins.

But cutting through the bullshit--sounds like you're just trying to justify upgrading to a 1299. If that's what you want, go for it.
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Old Jul 20th 2015, 03:22 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by AntiHero View Post
Just get what you have tuned. Go to a suspension expert and either spend $50 for them to adjust the stock suspension to your weight/riding or pay 'em more to get proper springs. A well set up base suspension is going to perform far better than a non-set-up Ohlins.

But cutting through the bullshit--sounds like you're just trying to justify upgrading to a 1299. If that's what you want, go for it.
Not trying to justify getting a 1299. Just trying to see what would be the best option. If the best option was to upgrade to the ohlins, which it doesn't sound like it would be then putting another 3 to 4 thousand into an 899 may not be worth it to me. The 899 is a fantastic bike that I have no regrets buying. Again I am not a suspension expert so just looking for advice.
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Old Jul 20th 2015, 04:14 AM   #7
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if you are interested, i have an Íhlins shock for sale. off a 1199S, but converted to manual clickers. just back from Íhlins USA, fresh oil in it as well.
has a 90 spring in it. listed in the classifieds.
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If it's just road riding, just get different springs and revalve the stock stuff. Won't cost you much at all. The Ohlins on the 1299 isn't sprung for your weight either.
what he said, all bike was built for 170 lbs rider, so if you go 1299, you still have the same problem, and still need to change the spring for your weight

last option would be going down to 170lbs , jk
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Old Jul 20th 2015, 05:25 AM   #9
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jarel did amazing work on his 899 (you can search on this forum and see for yourself). The 899 and the 1299 are not the same bike, its not just a change in suspension you are getting when you get the 1299.

If you are happy with your bike, then spend the time and get the suspension dialed in on it... I am sure if you get the 1299 you will be in the same boat asking how to dial that suspension in... OR you would be asking if you should get the R, or possibly the SL at that point.
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Old Jul 21st 2015, 01:50 PM   #10
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Looks like some of our members are having their 'time of the month'. Bitchy!

OP: The reply after your original post is all you need to know.
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