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I have a Buell XB12R. My suspension settings are a ways from stock. I lowered the front preload one notch a few weeks ago and since then I've found that my front tire will look "torn up" after a hard ride through my favorite section of twisty road. It's the sides as opposed to the center, but not all the way to the edge.

 

I'm wondering if I should lower the rear preload (in an effort to rebalance the weight), raise the front tire pressure (maybe It's getting too hot?) or just raise the front pre-load back to where it was.

 

I'm running Metzeler Sportec M1's, the pavement is pretty sharp on said road and I typically run somewhere around 35f/36r for pressure.

 

It "seems" that I am sliding the front around the turns. Maybe I just need to get on the gas earlier and harder? The rear seems pretty planted so it feels like it would take it easily...

 

Any suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance.

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You wrote:

I'm wondering if I should lower the rear preload (in an effort to rebalance the weight), raise the front tire pressure (maybe It's getting too hot?) or just raise the front pre-load back to where it was.

 

 

I'm not an expert and suspension advice is an art of feel. Bottom line on an adjustment is if it makes the rider feel more comfortable then it works.

 

If you are tearing the tire up, you are going the wrong way with your adjustments. I'd consider going back to where you started.

 

I'm assuming you increased the preload to try and get the bike to turn quicker. The hot race set-up is weight matched springs and as light as possible on the preload for the front end. Preload on the rear consider staying close to stock reccomendations from owners manul.

 

 

Now let me point you in the direction of some experts. www.tracksideengineering.com know buells and is very good with

the XBs.

 

See your latest copy of Fuell - suspension set-up tips along with a well written article on track days.

 

Riderxb9r

lw

leon@privatetracktime.com

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