Yesterday I met up with FJR NewOn2 (Steve) from near my area. He wanted me to take a look at his FJR because he's experiencing strange handling characteristics. He bought the bike used. It's a 2014. Pretty bike.
It's been a long time since I've my my big Feejies, so I'm here to seek counsel.
The tires are PR4s and in good shape. The pressures are ok and he's not a big guy. The steering head bearings feel good.
He said that when he got the bike, the clickers were all maxxed tight and he thinks the previous owner may have been a big boy. As he noticed some wonky handling, he said he put all the clickers back to stock. That's what I would have done, too.
When I threw a leg over the bike, I could tell right away that the front is so squishy and bounces almost like a rocking chair. The back is set on soft, but feels pretty firm. The front feels bouncy soft. When I rode it around the mall parking lot, it requires a hefty PUSH to get it to turn, and then it's fighting you to stand back up.
Yeah, that's not like any FJR I remember.
My son thought the previous owner may have lost oil from the fork or something, but the bike doesn't look like it's been abused at all.
Now, I suck at suspensions and I have guys I depend on for track and dirt... but for street I've used Traxxion Dynamics and they are good at setting things up and shipping 'em to you.
So, as I look for a local suspension guru to send Steve to... can anybody think of some tips for him?