Suspension Setup for 2006 Triumph Daytona 675

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="520"] Two 'old bikes' - one new to me...[/caption]

For those who don't know I love riding motorbikes and in the last couple of years have done a couple of track days but want to do a lot more.

The new bike is a 2006 Triumph Daytona 675 and so far I have been really impressed with it - even from my limited chances to push it. One thing that has been bugging me is the suspension set up. The bike was set up for a different rider so that is no surprise.

Target Sag Setup

Based on the 'ball park' suggestions from Dave Moss the target sag setup should be around 30mm on the rear and 45mm on the front. I have taken the bottom of both estimates as I am primarily riding on the road and need the travel.

Rebound is the Key

The rebound is more of a mystery to me though as only one bike I have previously owned has any options for rebound adjustment. Since I did the California superbike school course I have tried to maintain the break / turn / throttle separation rather than trailing the break. The advice from Dave is that with that style of riding faster rebound is good because you are set up to turn so I am going to dial the rebound to the suggested soft settings 7/7 front and back.

Compression Damping

Compression damping advice is a bit more tricky in a sense because even using a tie wrap to monitor the compression, the public roads are simply really rough. The most common sense advice I have heard so far is that you want to make it as soft as you can so that you use most but not all of the travel on a typical ride. This gives the suspension the best chance of soaking up the bumps in the road. Dave's advice is to go for between 2/3 and 3/4 of the way 'out' - meaning mostly soft to me. The manual suggests 8/12 respectively. Hopefully this falls into our expected range.

Now it's time to put on a tie wrap on one fork to see just how much of the travel I am using. Happy riding.

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