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captainwhoopass 08-19-2004 07:12 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
You shouldn't ever have to adjust damping, only preload, which you don't need fully adjustable suspension to do.

mscuddy 08-19-2004 08:03 AM

Re: Yeah, well
Chain spooie is the only thing holding my bikes together.

Never, ever wipe it off.

mscuddy 08-19-2004 08:06 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
What about that 650 twin back in the 60's that looked like a Matchless?

SeanAlexander 08-19-2004 08:46 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
I hate to say this. Perhaps a higher quality set of brakes than that which comes standard on Harley Davidsons would fix the problem (at great expense). Most high systems do slightly retract the pistons when pressure is released. (This post is not intended to be a flame, I'm just stating that HD brake components are of mediocre design and execution.) -Sean

SeanAlexander 08-19-2004 08:51 AM

Re: Hold up there shippie
I have to disagree. True Soichiro's crowning glory was a six. However it happened about 15 years earlier, with the RC 165 250cc six, that made the world's hair stand on end as it neared its 19,000 rpm redline. (his 22,000 rpm 125cc inline 5 didn't sound too shabby either) -Sean

sarnali 08-19-2004 09:02 AM

Re: Hold up there shippie
Is that the one Mike Hailwood raced?

if so you're right. I'd give mscuddy's left nut for a ride on that one.

seruzawa 08-19-2004 09:05 AM

I had one of those. I bought in Japan in '71 and shipped it home. The bike was patterned after the pre-unit construction BSA 650. Unlike the BSA it had Mikuni carbs and Nippondenso electrics and ran quite reliably. Oh yes it was a copy but the copy was vastly superior to the original since it was built out of high quality steel instead of the crappy Brit domestic steel.

I chopped it and then restored it after wrecking the fork in a crash. I had if for 10 years and must have put 70K on it. The compression was so bad by that time that I could start it by hand by pushing the kickstarter. It caught on fire after backfiring through the carbs and I junked it after that.

Try getting 70K out of a 60's BSA engine... without a single top end job.

sarnali 08-19-2004 09:06 AM

Re: Well,
Ok, maybe that one.

BBD_Racing 08-19-2004 09:31 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
Preload effects spring reaction. Rebound damping exists to control spring action. Ergo, adjusting preload means adjustmens in rebound are a good idea. Compression also effects spring action, but to a lesser extent.

BBD_Racing 08-19-2004 09:36 AM

Re: 2004 Kawasaki Z750
Sorry to hear that. What did you dislike about your Z? Mine's tranny shifts fine. Actually, I have little to complain about.

Why did you like the 919 better? I rode one once, but it was 1.5 years before I got my Z, so I can't compare them. I do remember likng it better than my 99 F4.

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