Whilst I may have ridden a fair few miles on Hedy, my KTM 790 Adventure R, I only really started to get the setup right recently.
Over the last few weeks, I have been continually making small adjustments to the suspension and feeling the changes, deciding if that’s actually how I want the bike to feel and if it is helping me ride better, especially on dirt.
The confidence a good setup creates in my riding is huge - I’m now no longer fearful in sand and bashing through it faster and faster. And I’m now happy making (little) jumps whenever I can. And it’s FUN!!!
I think I have finally where I want it to be and the irony is not lost on me that it now feels eerily similar to the setup I used to have on my downhill mountain bike, a Santa Cruz VP-Free…
One thing that does stand out from this is that I don’t like “plush” suspension. I clearly like to feel the ground underneath me, rather than have a totally smooth ride.