I've had the same wobble on mine with two different sets of tires, OEM's and the Angel GT's (55 rear)... Checked the steering stem bearing preload and it was way loose to spec. It's much better now, Before I could induce it just by trying to wiggle the bars.
A damper is a great mod, and everyone should have one. They are awesome. Much better to be able to use them rather than to "need" them. Adding one now is a band aid over something else. Hundreds of these ninjas have made this change with no issues, so its better to find out whats up with yours.
You cant start diagnosing handling issues before setting suspension sag. Also, dont do much work if you have stock tires with a few thousand miles on them. It's somewhat pointless. The tires are bad, and do not last long enough to mess with.
Also, it's really hard to talk suspension without rider weight. I remember trying to help someone, on a PM, and finding out they were 6'7" and 335 lbs. He said his suspension was too hard and the bike was not stable.....probably true when your suspension is bottomed when you climb on..
I decided to change my spark plugs. So now i am learning how to remove the fuel tank, and air box. I have never done this before. Got the tank and air box off finally. Next is the stick coils. Any tips I should know? Thx......
Mr sand, you are all set. That stuff you take apart is built so well, it falls back into place. I use just a tiny bit of that electrical grease on the stick coils. I'll wipe the left over I side of those boots you slide back on. Dont forget the plug on the back, left side of the airbox. The bike will throw a close when you forget to plug it back in.
Murph, gpr makes a nice damper for the ninja 1000. Like this:
Now, besides the safety factor, these dampers are one of the nicest things you'll ever bolt to your bike. I bought mine and had very little experience with them. I bought it because everyone said they are awesome, and that's about it.
My bike is light because of all the things I've done to it. It's not a heavy, stable touring machine by any means. When you turn the damper up, it is. It tracks as well, or better than my concours 14 with a stiff setting. If I were doing high speed runs or touring, it would be manditory.
You can also go down a typical, shitty, chopped up road and the damper makes it feel like its smooth, brand new pavement. It's one of those products that once you try it, you are hooked, and dont want to be without....no matter if your bike needs one, or not.
I dont care for the look, either. They dont look right mounted on the nut. At least the gpr is available in colors. You can choose a color that blends in . Not like the gold Scott's that I have that just sits there.
The problem with burying them is the adjustments. The aftermarket dampers have a massive adjustment range.
Although you could leave one set, in one position, it's just not something you'll want to do if its easily accessible. If I leave my house, I'll make it stiff for the freeway. As soon as I'm in the canyons, I'll back it off until I have the feel I'd like. If it's on the stem, I can do this as I ride. I would have to stop if I had to reach into the fairing.
Dammit! Riding to work in rush hour traffic, coming up on a stop light, pulled the clutch in to downshift and the clutch cable snapped. I've got a 2015 with less than 7000 miles on it. The stupid thing should have lasted longer than this! It broke about 4 inches in from the clutch handle...
For many years, and over 150,000 kms I used my ZRX1200, as a Multi-Day Sports-Tourer. The only real drawback was the absence of a centre-stand which made lubricating the chain a challenge while on a trip.
Fast forward to now, and my intention (should I ever emerge from Covid-19 lock-down) is...
Ok, first time doing this on my Ninja 1000. About to replace the OEM chain & sprockets. Got to the primary sprocket bolt.
1) The bolt looks weird, it appears to have two sizes of sockets, a small one and a large one. The smaller is a 27mm, the larger is...not sure. 32 seems too...
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