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Newbie - suspension

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Greetings. I've returned to biking after a LONG break. I had crotch rockets as a youngster (20's) and have just purchased a new 2007 ZX6R (at 44 yo!). I've only put just over 1k on it, so I'm still learning to be smooth and remember how to ride again. As a sports car road racer for ten years and a bit of a car buff, I feel very comfortable behind the wheel under any situation. There's a wonderful, twisty road near my house with lots of elevation changes and I'm four times faster in my beater Mazda pickup than I am with this bike! Quite embarrassing and frustrating!

Okay, to the point. Lots of adjustments that can be made on the suspension. I feel that it's a bit tight for street riding and our not so smooth conditions. From racing, I know that cranking on adjustments without knowledge is not a good thing. I'll never track the bike and soft would be fine for me, especially since I'm experiencing a lot of wrist pain thus far (I've read pointers on what not to do body positioning-wise, but still encounter pain and stiffness).

Thanks for any help.
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Thanks for the replies, they help. I've since found a lot of info on the forum for tweaking but again, I don't want to screw it up (will write down base settings). I think going "full" soft will make the ride a bit more comfortable. If I ever remember how to ride one half aggressively, I can firm it back up.

Hey, what is meant by "when I get THAT old"? Life is fast - I remember just yesterday I was playing sports in high school, chasing girls. Then college and more of the same. Got married and BAM, I'm 44 with four kids, mortgage, bills, college funds and not making enough to buy the toys I really want! Hold onto your twenties 'cause the years just coming faster and faster! :eek:
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