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It was a little more difficult on the '11.



and a closeup



for the '11 Ninja 1000 you would have to use the included wrench to fiddle with preload.
The wrench makes it easy? Are those letters H for hard and S for soft or are my eyes imagining things? Left turn for loose feel and Right turn for tight feel?
 

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That rear preload adjuster should be on the left side so you can make adjustments while riding...
What were they thinking?

The concours 14 has it on the left. Its still really hard to turn while sitting on it..uh, they say....
 

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OK, so you guys really need to read about, and learn about SAG. setting up your suspension for YOUR weight, and your passenger and/or gear.
THAT is what this preload adjustment is for.
Ask the Geek: Set Your Static Sag | Sport Rider

PRELOAD is used to set the sag. after you adjust your PRELOAD, both front and rear, to YOUR, and the weight of whatever you are packing, then you need to adjust your compression and rebound.
The preload is used to adjust, and of set your SAG.
read about it, understand it.
when your saddlebags are off, and it's just you on the bike. your rear SAG is XX.
when you have your loaded bags on the back, and/or your significant other, then you adjust that rear preload to a PREDETERMINED setting that you figured out by setting while you, your significant other, and your fully loaded saddlebags were on the bike.

yes, suspension is a science. But, you can set the basics, and go from there...

yea, the guy in the video gives the preload a few turns before he takes off. That is I've been tuning my bikes suspension for years now. granted, the ninja 1000 does have poor suspension for something with the Ninja name, shame on Kawasaki for that.
But it can be dialed in pretty good, and give decent performance.
You definitely are NOT going to keep up with a real sportbike.
stop dreaming....
 

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Buell, that would be true if the sportbike came with "better" suspension. They might spend a bit more money, but you still get compromised settings. Manufacturer does not know rider weight, passenger or not, nor intended use. So, they do the best they can. With a track focused machine, they can focus suspension a little closer.
 

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OK, so you guys really need to read about, and learn about SAG. setting up your suspension for YOUR weight, and your passenger and/or gear.
THAT is what this preload adjustment is for.
Ask the Geek: Set Your Static Sag | Sport Rider

PRELOAD is used to set the sag. after you adjust your PRELOAD, both front and rear, to YOUR, and the weight of whatever you are packing, then you need to adjust your compression and rebound.
The preload is used to adjust, and of set your SAG.
read about it, understand it.
when your saddlebags are off, and it's just you on the bike. your rear SAG is XX.
when you have your loaded bags on the back, and/or your significant other, then you adjust that rear preload to a PREDETERMINED setting that you figured out by setting while you, your significant other, and your fully loaded saddlebags were on the bike.

yes, suspension is a science. But, you can set the basics, and go from there...

yea, the guy in the video gives the preload a few turns before he takes off. That is I've been tuning my bikes suspension for years now. granted, the ninja 1000 does have poor suspension for something with the Ninja name, shame on Kawasaki for that.
But it can be dialed in pretty good, and give decent performance.
You definitely are NOT going to keep up with a real sportbike.
stop dreaming....
The last line throws me a bit.... No context given, and just an assumption that you are always correct.

This whole post has a bit of the "I know better than you do" attitude. No assumptions made that the people you are talking to might be intelligent.

I guess that's one way to do it...lol

Weither or not you can keep up with a sport bike would depend on who's riding the sport bike, who's riding the ninja, what road you are both one, who wants it more...etc... You know, it's called street riding like a lot of us do every day.

I did not buy my Ninja 1000 because it was the best in the corners, but to be honest that's not why I bought my R1 or 08 G1K. I thought they were the right bikes for me, and I made that work :)
 
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