My son rides a `98 CBR F3 and it corners MUCH easier than my `01 ZX 6R. The CBR has a smaller rear tire, so I guess that helps it to be a bit quicker, but it also feels more stable and confident. My quest is to improve the cornering of my 6R so it feels more like the F3 in the corners.
I was thinking of raising the backend 5mm or so, but I won`t be able to get my feet down flat at stop. I guess I could lower the front end 5mm down the forks.
I also run the tires softer than spec. Anyone have any experience with different tire pressures?
Any other ideas on how to get this thing to turn better?
... and by the way, imo the F3 has better tires (the M1's) than your bike, that might be PART of the reason why you like its handling better
I always hesitate to recommend fiddling with things like ride height and different aspect/profile tires to create a difference in handling until convinced you have set up your front and rear suspension to the ideal settings to suit your riding style, size, and roads / tracks. Tuning suspension is a LOT easier than most people give themselves credit for.
"Keep yer feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked."
I agree, be carefull with the suspension settings. You may get the quickness you want, but at a sacrifice of stability . My front forks are showing over 1 inch above the top clamp (extreme), but if I turn the steering damper too soft it gets squiggly over rises. I also have the rear end stink-bug style, run stiff settings and GP compound. Turns great (click link), but a damper is mandatory.
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In a race about two weeks ago(my first outting on my zx6rr) i noticed it was hard to brake real late into the corner because of the bike wanting to pick up. Is this in the suspention or the front triple clamp hight?
Use caution in copying the suggested settings from sportrider.com. Keep in mind that these settings are for their rider weight and style and are surely set up for a controlled riding route without the everyday potholes and bumps that the street rider deals with day in and day out. I fiddled around with my '03 settings and pretty much returned to stock settings, minus a click or two here and there.
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