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With all this the bike feels as if the front wants to push in corner's when leaning over so I have to counter steer alot, and at high speed it's stable thou if I hit a bump or rut it becomes unstable quite easy.This becomes quite the workout even with the steering dampner at it's hardest setting. measurements
One thing that makes it hard to diagnose handling issues and make changes to solve them is language.

I would define "push" as any condition in which the front wheel gives reduced steering effect. This can happen when accelerating out of a corner: accelerating makes the front wheel light, which reduces its grip. As a result, the machine runs wide.

It can also happen during corner entry, caused by excessive weight transfer to the front, overloading the front tyre. Thus, braking to the apex can often cause pushing.

This doesn't seem to match what you're describing.

Certainly increasing the amount of steering damping is not the way to go here — and tipping the bike on its nose by raising rear ride height or lowering front ride height will reduce steering effort but carries a penalty of reduced steering stability in the corners.

One thing that riding school does is help separate bike suspension issues from rider technique issues. Often as skill level rises the suspension set-up needs change.

You need to be honest in assessing your riding skills. As they improve over time so will your suspension needs change to match your riding technique. Your particular riding technique will play a big part in refining your suspension settings. If you are an average rider, sticking with the factory recommended settings will probably be best.

But feel free to experiment. One change at a time. First reset everything back to the stock settings stock, and try a different single setting until you develop a feel for the differences resulting from each change and the sensitivity of the bike to each click on the adjuster. Always use the same road to evaluate your changes. This seat-of-the-pants testing is highly subjective so don't be surprised if your feelings about the changes are different the next time you ride. Even without any interim changes, there are days that you know that you're riding well and the suspension is just right, and days that you're not in the groove. Given that you're not an experienced test rider, you'll find that YOU are the biggest variable.

Consequently, you should probably avoid using suspension settings developed by other riders, specifically motorcycle magazine test riders who commonly tweak each new bike's suspension settings in an attempt to improve on factory settings, and then publish the results. These settings may actually be an improvement for one particular rider on one particular track but the factory settings are still the best overall comfort-performance trade-off for the average rider on an average road.

For example, a review of a dozen magazine tests of Ducati superbike compression and rebound damper settings showed that even though there is a wide variation between riders, their settings average out to the factory recommended settings. So it looks like Ducati knows its business.

If you're an experienced rider who's attended an advanced riding school, then you've developed and practiced a riding technique that works well for you, so you'll obviously want to tweak your suspension to match your riding style.
 
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