I just picked up my dream bike, a 2017 CRF 450R right after graduating college in May 2018. I sold my last bike (2009 KX 450f) during Junior year of college due to not having any time to ride. This is going to sound crazy to you guys... ready?
I have never once touched the suspension on any bike I've owned. I have never set my sag, played with my fork settings, spring type, oil levels, anything of that nature. I have owned over 6 bikes throughout my 22 years, (CRF 80, CRF 100, CRF 150f e-start , 04 KTM sx 125, 09 Kx 250f, 09 Crf 450r, 2008 KTM XC 250, 09 KX 450, in that order....... --> and now finally my baby, the 2017 CRF 450r.
I have raced TORCS / WORCS growing up, and now mainly rip Idaho single track, some sandy desert, and motocross tracks. 70% / Offroad 20 % Moto / 10% f***** around finding jumps and corners in the desert.
I am 220lbs and the stock settings truly don't feel bad or that "terrible" for my weight. Then again, I have no clue what tuned and set up suspension feels like for my weight and riding style / ability. I am an intermediate B class rider as well.
I got my sag set by a shop in Boise, Idaho (Moto One, check em out if you're ever in the area) but that is as far as I have gone on the settings.
What should I do? I have heard people say stiffer rear shock and front springs, and then tune them from there, some have said add some cc's of oil, and some said just mess with the stock stuff.
There are no suspension companies local in Idaho I have found after researching (seriously LOL) and I am planning to send it off to a race shop anyways for the work (RaceTech, FC..) I don't want to start messing with my clickers and get the bike all funky from the get go, so please lend me a hand and let me know what you guys think is best for my riding style, and weight. I am 6'0 as well.
I am open to trying clicker settings for the time being just to see what i can work with, but want some insight first.
***Anyone trying to bash on me for not doing suspension previously, I have not spent a ton of time wrenching on my bikes and am a pretty novice mechanic. Looking for helpful insight and info, it would be very appreciated!
Thanks for reading