Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: America's Dairyland
Where to get help with suspension set-up?
I've been listening to some older episodes of the Adventure Rider Radio motorcycle podcast; specifically, a 2-episode series they did on nothing but suspension. I came away from it with the understanding that I'm a complete dolt for ever rider more than a mile on stock suspension (and, at 50k+ miles, my old Kawasaki Concours was probably a little overdue for a suspension upgrade).
After listening to a combined 3+ hours of talk about suspension, I also understand that I'm never going to be a suspension expert -- sag, rebound damping, compression damping, spring rate...it's all greek to me.
So, while my 2012, at around 20K miles probably still has some life left in the stock set-up, I'm already thinking about swapping things out down the line.
What I'm wondering is how I can find someone locally that could help me get the bike set up properly. From what I understand, this isn't the sort of thing you want to rely on your average dealer mechanic to advise you on -- you need someone that really knows this stuff.
Also, I know suspension parts come in all budget ranges. But can anyone ballpark what I should be thinking about setting aside for suspension upgrades to the front and rear? I bike on a budget, so this isn't the sort of thing I can drop $2k on -- I may only be able to afford new springs/fork oil up front and perhaps a new, rebuildable shock for the rear.
Finally, while I'm an intermediate wrencher, this seems like the sort of thing I'd want someone else to do the install with. How much extra does it add to have someone do the work?
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