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Ohlins front/rear settings for lighter riders (135 lbs).

Anyone figure this out?
 

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Ohlins front/rear settings for lighter riders (135 lbs).

Anyone figure this out?
Start with pre-load and get your spring rates correct, then get into valving adjustments from there. If the springs are the incorrect rate the valving adjustments you make won't really help the bike move better. There are several good videos, I recommend the ones by MotorCyclist Online.
 

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Thanks Psy! Ari's vids are helpful.
 

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I spoke with an Ohlins rep who indicated since 135 is so much lighter than the average weight, the springs might need to be replaced.

Cannot do actual measurements yet since I won't pick up bike until the 30th.

Hence wondering if anyone has attempted adjustments with such light weight and what their experience is.
 

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How tall are you?
 

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Find the local shop that everyone takes their track bikes to and make an appointment for sometime after you get the bike. They'll be able to get the correct springs from Ohlins to get the right sag and set compression/rebound dialed in after that.
 

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Thanks guys.

Pies! Well, ...no.

About 5'7"

I'll be in California for another week, then back to the East Coast to get my bike. The Ohlins US headquarters in North Carolina is not far from me. I think I'll ride over there for some advice and counsel.

Generally, I like to ride a new bike for a while before changing anything. But as I get over there will keep you guys posted if I find anything significant comes up. Obviously I'm hoping I won't need to change the springs. If the sag is off a bit, but not perfect, I'll probably leave it alone. But if its off by a lot, then I'll change 'em.
 

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Thanks guys.

Pies! Well, ...no.

About 5'7"

I'll be in California for another week, then back to the East Coast to get my bike. The Ohlins US headquarters in North Carolina is not far from me. I think I'll ride over there for some advice and counsel.

Generally, I like to ride a new bike for a while before changing anything. But as I get over there will keep you guys posted if I find anything significant comes up. Obviously I'm hoping I won't need to change the springs. If the sag is off a bit, but not perfect, I'll probably leave it alone. But if its off by a lot, then I'll change 'em.
Might as well work out and get more control over the bike with your additional strength. Squats, deadlifts etc and core strength is great for being on a bike.
 

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Thanks Spin appreciate your counsel...but actually, already do that: I work out 5 days a week about 1.5 hours per day, am in top shape, and am an experienced rider. Definitely agree good physical and mental condition increases the joy of the ride.

Compared with my BMW K1200S that I recently sold after 10 years of pleasure and many many thousands of miles throughout the USA and Canada, the SS is a featherweight with a lot less power/speed, and much easier to control. :)
 

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Spin, whatever works for each of us...

If you're near or visiting the Smokies, join us for a ride.
 

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Thanks guys.

Pies! Well, ...no.

About 5'7"

I'll be in California for another week, then back to the East Coast to get my bike. The Ohlins US headquarters in North Carolina is not far from me. I think I'll ride over there for some advice and counsel.

Generally, I like to ride a new bike for a while before changing anything. But as I get over there will keep you guys posted if I find anything significant comes up. Obviously I'm hoping I won't need to change the springs. If the sag is off a bit, but not perfect, I'll probably leave it alone. But if its off by a lot, then I'll change 'em.
When you are there ask them if they can develop a set of ideal dial in settings (Race, Street and tour) like they have for the Triumph 657R Daytona. Once you have achieved ideal SAG you can then Drive to the Track or Twisies on Tour setting then dial in the track setting and then back again. My local dealer rep has a Triumph 657R and we tried these very easy to dial in settings and holy cow what a difference it makes Like getting on a different bike. The 3 settings are a starting point for each type of riding condition but I don't think they could be improved on much other than personal style.
If they have done this for Triumph I should think they would do it for Ducati if they haven't already.
 

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When you are there ask them if they can develop a set of ideal dial in settings (Race, Street and tour) like they have for the Triumph 657R Daytona. Once you have achieved ideal SAG you can then Drive to the Track or Twisies on Tour setting then dial in the track setting and then back again. My local dealer rep has a Triumph 657R and we tried these very easy to dial in settings and holy cow what a difference it makes Like getting on a different bike. The 3 settings are a starting point for each type of riding condition but I don't think they could be improved on much other than personal style.
If they have done this for Triumph I should think they would do it for Ducati if they haven't already.

Yes, am aware of what they've done for the Daytona, in fact that was what generated my hope there might be some guidelines for the SS.
 
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