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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2019, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Suspension & Sag Settings CB1000R

Hi, Does anyone know "street" sag setting on the CB1000r, front & rear? After 1000 miles riding, I am certain the rear is definitely too soft but front seem really good but if I change something on the rear, I am need to do something on the front. I have trolled through the internet but being a new bike there is not much out there...

I started playing around with the suspension settings but forgot to note the original factory settings. The setup I have put on is the following:

Front Preload = 16 Turns to Hard (max 20)...I have a doubt here as I am not sure what are recommended sag settings for suspension travel
Front Compression = 4 Turns out from full Hard (max 8.25)
Front Preload = 2.5 turns out from full hard (max 5.75)

Rear Preload = 6th notch (max 10)
Rear Rebound = 2.25 Turns out from full hard (max 4.75)

Max rotation was based on the rotations from soft to hard which may not be precise...so correct me if incorrect.

Rider dimension:
Height: 5 11
Weight: 79kg or 175lbs (approx) + plus riding gear & back pack 10kg or 22lbs = Total weight 89kg or 197lbs

I have planned to go to a suspension specialist to set up the bike when I install the new shifter (up/down) in Feb/Mar but I would like to see if I can dial it in.
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Iíve only got two days on mine so no real advice other than to agree that the rear seems too soft... Iím going to go harder on the rebound as a first step. the manual says the factory setting is 1 3/4 turns from full hard.
Front seems OK for now... Iíll dick with it later.
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I followed the advice given by someone on the *other* CB1000R forum last year:

"I'm 5'11, weigh approx 205 lbs with gear on.

I had to make drastic changes to the preload both front and rear to put this bike in the sweet spot. These number are just for reference based on my weight. So before you make any adjustments, record your current set up so you can go back if you want. Ideally you are looking for about 30% of your total travel.

Front Preload - 18 turns in. Max 20 turns.....indicates I should probably look at a new springs....
Front Compression - 2 turns out from Full hard
Front Rebound - 2 turns out from full hard

Rear Preload - 8 out of 10 ..... Also indicates a possible spring upgrade
Rear Rebound 1.25 turns out from Full Hard.

These changes made a night and day difference to the ride and handing of this bike. If you haven't yet, Please find someone to help you set the static sag of your bike. Good Luck."
I'm roughly the same height and I was around that weight (have lost a few kilos now...) and found these settings really improved things. Let us know how you get on!

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Wilbers 641 shock for CB1000R NSC

After trying to adjust the OEM rear shock for a smoother ride and to better copy the road surface, I have given up and pulled the trigger on a German-made Wilbers Type 641 Competition shock.

I have owned Wilbers shocks before and found them effective and reliable. This particular model comes with a separate compression tank connected to the shock's body by a flexible steel hose.
The adjustment screws for high- and low-speed compression feature a range of 22 clicks each, This particular item (641-1258-00) is specific to the NSC and pre-set to the buyer's weight and riding style. A dedicated bracket is enclosed to install the compression tank on the CB1000R. The price is Ä699,00 plus shipping ($839,00 in the States through Wilbers USA).

The shocks are made in Nordhorn (NW Germany, near the Dutch border) and will typically be delivered throughout Europe in about a week. Mine was and, IIRC, so were the ones I ordered in the past.

I haven't installed it yet, but I'll write a report when I do.
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Thanks, I'll be interested to read your thoughts in due course.

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I upgraded my forks with Matris cartridges. I installed my Ohlins shock from the previous model CB1000R. This transformed the handling from good but soft to firm and much better controlled.

Well worth the upgrade for spirited riders. Probably a waste of money for most sensible riders and lightweight (70kg or less) riders.
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I have decided that I need new rear shocks as it too soft and it not given me much confidence (max my preload & almost max rebound)...I am looking into Wilber based on Teerex51, but does any have any other suggestions (make & model that could fit NCS) as I was not too convinced from his follow up review (product good but company poor).
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The Hyperpro shock is likely a good alternative to the Wilbers in the same price range.

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