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Old Jan 23rd 2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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Suspension Set-up in PNW

I saw RSR's post, but had the same question. I'd like to get my bike set up and wanted to know if any of you know where to have this done that you trust. I'd rather not take it apart and send it out. Seattle/Tacoma area preferable, but willing to travel some.
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Old Jan 23rd 2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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Barry at KFG Racing has performed a lot of suspension set-ups for all types of sport bikes, even some Panigales I believe. He did a great job setting up my bike for the track.

KFG Racing - Motorcycle racing service in Auburn, Washington, Seattle, Tacoma, Kent, Bellevue, Covington
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Old Jan 23rd 2013, 08:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I'm using an app to post, so I can't see what you ride. Do you have an S? I'd like to have it set up for the street, but have some recommendations for the days that I'm at the track and can change on the fly. One of the perceived benefits that I see for des.
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I'm not a 1199 owner yet, a recent divorce has drained me financially and I'll need some time to recover. I still check out this forum as if things change in the future, I'll have a lot of background knowledge on the Panigale, which should come in handy as I would likely pick up a lightly used model.

KFG should be able to get you set up for the street with a quick visit to their shop. Also, they will be at most of the track days at The Ridge and Pacific Raceways this upcoming summer and would be able to get you set up at the racetrack during a track day event. With the S model it would be a snap to change the compression and rebound settings between the street and track setups.
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Old Jan 25th 2013, 05:50 AM   #5
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Thanks again, will visit them when the weather allows.

Sorry about your situation, that really sucks. But, in the words of someone I don't remember, "This too shall pass." Hopefully, not too long before you can get your bike.
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That's a good question... I would also like to get mine setup and dialed for track and street. I'm gonna check and see if there is anything in Portland.
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I went to KFG in Kent today and they did a standard set up. They are very involved with AMA and other racing series. They also are at a lot of track days in this area and all over to do race set ups. I had them do a standard set up for the street with a little stiffer settings. The sag out of the box was way off. They also recommended a new rear spring to fit my weight (200lb) as the stock spring is best for lighter riders.

I will probably have them change out the internals later on to get it dialed in a bit more for track days. They said that was the best way to go if I wanted to keep the electronics, but if I wanted a race set up, the best thing to do was get rid of the electronics as it is very difficult to get it dialed in exactly. This more or less corresponds to what Bowdy was writing in the other thread.
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Good to know bronch. I'm 200lb without gear myself. I kinda like the DES and want to keep that and improve on it without getting rid of it. I'm not a serious racer by any means but could become a track day junkie.
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KFG has set up all of my bikes, including my Tri. I had them do a full overhaul on my track bike and it was amazing. Plus, as stated above, they are at ALOT of trackdays so they can help you dial it in once they've installed it.

HIGHLY recommend KFG!
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Good to know bronch. I'm 200lb without gear myself. I kinda like the DES and want to keep that and improve on it without getting rid of it. I'm not a serious racer by any means but could become a track day junkie.
I like DES too. I'm not a racer either and never will be. But I'm going to do more track days now. Seems to me like it will be more fun, less time fighting the bike and safer to get things dialed in a bit more. I just can't justify a race set up costing thousands, so I'll work with what I have to get it close enough for what I'm doing. A new spring and maybe some front fork internals if I need it.

They said the problem with DES is that although there are 30 settings you can choose from the difference between each setting is pretty small. So, it's real important to get the ride height correct, so that you can make changes within the limits of the DES. Makes sense to me.
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