The other day I was thinking about the Yamaha FZR 600 suspension, as I rode to a work gig, knowing that I would have to return, late at night, on the treacherous course called the Long Island Expressway. I have ridden this road many times before – and it is always nasty, but this ride would be after a long day of work, in the dark, with limited visibility for the numerous potholes and bumps that riddle this strip of thoroughfare….
Yamaha FZR 600 Handling:
I made it back safe and sound, but the ride definitely had it’s moments. The LIE offers pocked pavement, waves in the asphalt, and driver’s preoccupation with driving like it’s Formula 1 race. All this combines to make it a ride I was happy to be done with when I pulled up in front of my apartment.
It got me to thinking: How well does my bike handle? It would be considered an early ‘Sport Bike, so it should have an advantage over many other rides out there. With the suspension improvements I’ve made I would hope that this baby would hug the road.
There are many factors that contribute to the handling of a motorcycle. Some of them are rider related, some are in the design and maintenance of the bike. All of the inform the way the bike will handle a stretch of roadway. Most handling tests are done to bikes tuned for optimum speed and control around a closed course. But for some of us, we may never see the inside of a race park, and must determine the best set-up for a “typical” ride, whatever that may be for you.
Good handling is on a case-by-case basis determined by riding ability and style, as well as local terrain. For me, the upgrades to the suspension have been a step in the right direction, but must now be tuned and dialed in, to create the maximum control for my given scenario.
Coming up; testing the ability to tune the variables for the settings on these upgrades. Shock preload, rebound and damping will all be tweaked. The fork oil (MotoPreserve may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post) viscosity and spacer size will be tweaked to see what the front end has to offer. We will see what type of improvements we can come up with. Stay tuned…