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I'm replacing my ZX6R with something more upright and the 09 is at the top of the list right now. I will use this bike for mostly commuting and cruising around but also for the occasional ride through the twisties. A lot is said about the inadequacies of the suspension package but that seems to mostly come from guys who are 180 pounds or more.

I am interested to hear from owners who weigh in the 140-150 pound range with regards to the stock suspension. Does the albeit limited level of adjustability in stock trim allow for confidence through corners for lighter riders?

Also, a random question, what do people get for fuel range out of a tank in 100% city commuting (i.e. stop light to stop light traffic).
 

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Uh, welcome to the forum......and.......we have a "Performance and Suspension" section of the forum....I'll move it over there for ya.
 

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I weigh about 150 and have found the suspension to be tolerable once I nearly maxed out the shock preload and damping and nearly maxed the fork damping. I would have assumed that the factory would ship it 'soft' but it rode absolutely miserably that way. The real problem for me is that the suspension is generally acceptable (though harsh, with occasional nasty jolts) when riding casually, but outright scary when you start to ride quickly. On good roads, it's just fine. But get into a bumpy corner at a spirited pace and the bike completely falls apart. I will be ordering a new shock this week and will hope that the forks are 'close enough.'
 

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Hope this is posting in the right area. I only go to 'new posts' when I come here.

IMO, I weigh 160lbs, not aggressive riding (anymore), 50mpg & the suspension is completely stock. In fact it's adjusted as soft as possible, front and rear. I like the cushy ride.
 

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I'm about 155 - 160 with gear. I found the stock suspension tolerable, good enough for how I ride. I was able to get rid of the heavy brake dive & find a decent balance of performance and comfort, but going through a corner with a lot of imperfections in the pavement was still less confidence inspiring than I'd have liked it to be. Your fuel range is all in the wrist!
 

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I'm 170 in leathers, helmet, and boots (around 20lb weight gain), if you are an aggressive twisty rider like me, you'll want to do some suspension work. It's possible to somewhat ride around the suspensions "stock" limitations, but not something I was willing to do for long. The suspension changes can be fairly cheap, I was the 2nd or 3rd guy to do the zx10r shock mod (thanks to Marthy for being the 1st). And the forks have Nick Stoltec's valving, spring and oil change. Not perfect, but much better than stock, and cheap, like me. I believe these mods only cost me around $400.

As for fuel mileage... like Stellmon says, it's all in the wrist. Most of the riders on this forum seem to ride around in 3rd gear all the time or something, 6th gear is useable at any speed in most conditions above 35mph. I've even rode the twisties (backroads with 20 - 35mph speed limits that are usually doubled or better) a few times in 6th gear, and had no problem keeping up, or leading the group. Although the real fun in the twisties is higher up in the rev range, lofting the front wheel over every rise in the pavement in 3rd or 4th gear. But my normal riding to and from the twisties is get into 6th as soon as soon as possible and leave it there, no problem with this motor, torque is your friend. I believe I usually hit 130 - 145 miles before the low fuel light flashes, going to and from the twisties.
 

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I'm 170 in leathers, helmet, and boots (around 20lb weight gain), if you are an aggressive twisty rider like me, you'll want to do some suspension work. It's possible to somewhat ride around the suspensions "stock" limitations, but not something I was willing to do for long. The suspension changes can be fairly cheap, I was the 2nd or 3rd guy to do the zx10r shock mod (thanks to Marthy for being the 1st). And the forks have Nick Stoltec's valving, spring and oil change. Not perfect, but much better than stock, and cheap, like me. I believe these mods only cost me around $400.

As for fuel mileage... like Stellmon says, it's all in the wrist. Most of the riders on this forum seem to ride around in 3rd gear all the time or something, 6th gear is useable at any speed in most conditions above 35mph. I've even rode the twisties (backroads with 20 - 35mph speed limits that are usually doubled or better) a few times in 6th gear, and had no problem keeping up, or leading the group. Although the real fun in the twisties is higher up in the rev range, lofting the front wheel over every rise in the pavement in 3rd or 4th gear. But my normal riding to and from the twisties is get into 6th as soon as soon as possible and leave it there, no problem with this motor, torque is your friend. I believe I usually hit 130 - 145 miles before the low fuel light flashes, going to and from the twisties.
. Totally agree with the above
The bike is a great value put a little money into the suspension and you'll have a great bike
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys, about what I expected.

A follow-up question: would you guys say that both front and rear needs work done or will doing the shock suffice?
 

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Front needs to be done IMO -- No question.

I used to be 155....that was 20 years ago.:(
 
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I'm 138 in my birthday suit and about 153 ready to ride. The OEM suspension scared the shit out of me. Even tiny little bumps in a turn at speed could upset the bike. For me the hassle of taking the forks apart was a bigger deal than the cost, so I went with some high end, expensive components and never regretted it.
As for fuel range, I've never burned up a whole tank in city only riding, but I usually go at least 150mi. before having to gas up.
 

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I'm 138 in my birthday suit and about 153 ready to ride. The OEM suspension scared the shit out of me. Even tiny little bumps in a turn at speed could upset the bike. For me the hassle of taking the forks apart was a bigger deal than the cost, so I went with some high end, expensive components and never regretted it.
As for fuel range, I've never burned up a whole tank in city only riding, but I usually go at least 150mi. before having to gas up.
Do you have pic's to support that 138 claim....???
 
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Do you mean porno pic's of my birthday suit?
You've done porno.....???

Under what name..??? Videos with a Link....???

Pic's or it never happened.....
 

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^^^ Blame DR

Making unsubstantiated assertions is not like him.

Very surprising, and quite frankly, a little disappointing.
 

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O.P......even at your weight, I would recommend that both the front and rear get some attention in the suspension dept.....especially if you like to push it just a bit. As someone stated, it goes from a good bike, to a great bike once the suspenders are sorted out.
 
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155 in gear, I find the stock suspension ok until it gets bumpy. I am justnow starting to look into a rear shock, lol because I never had the money until now. Others have stated that upgrading the rear alone makes vast improvements and transforms the handling of the bike, so I shall start with upgrading the rear then maybe the front...
 

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I'm 138 in my birthday suit and about 153 ready to ride. The OEM suspension scared the shit out of me. Even tiny little bumps in a turn at speed could upset the bike. For me the hassle of taking the forks apart was a bigger deal than the cost, so I went with some high end, expensive components and never regretted it.
As for fuel range, I've never burned up a whole tank in city only riding, but I usually go at least 150mi. before having to gas up.
Unsubstantiated claim of 138.
 
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