Milano out of hibernation

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MickeyMoto
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Milano out of hibernation

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A nice ride out today. The Milano is proving to be a great bike. I need to adjust the suspension, but there is so much adjustment I don't know where to start! It is a light bike, I'm not 75 kilograms, apparently where the suspension has been set, but the bike is very firm. I think I'll wait a while whilst the suspension settles down.

I can see this bike replacing a 31/2 quite easily. I'll get the Sport out later in the week and see how it feels against the Milano.

The only downside so far is keeping the white wheels white!

Anybody else got one and their impressions?
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Mark N.I.
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Hi Mike,

Glad to hear you have had the chance to get the milano out, weather is certainly improving, although we have snow forecast for Monday :shock:

They are a cracking looking bike, hopefully someday I'll see one in the flesh.

Milano and a 3 1/2 in the garage sounds perfect, not sure I could part with that garage
9 1/2: by no means a lesser Corsaro
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Just had an interesting trip following a Milano...

Impressive, very impressive.

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Hi Mike, the preload might be a good place to start.
The factory position for the front preload is "two clicks in from fully unscrewed", so you could try going to "one click", It needs adjusting on both legs.
The factory position for the rear preload is "5.25 full turns in from the point where the preload adjuster has been loosened to the point where it is no longer preloading the unit", so you could try going to "2.75 full turns" and work back from there.
Perhaps safer not to reduce the front preload without doing the rear as it might reduce the trail and make the steering twitchy, unless maybe you want this.

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G&A sounds like a mix of V&A and G&T. Who doesn't like art and design through the lens of a good gin? The Milano should be on display...

Thanks for your thoughts. I think I will start with recording the current settings to ensure they are as factory spec. Once done, I'll ease off the compression damping first. This can cause the same feeling. When I bought my Corsaro, it was rock hard. I took the settings back to factory and eased off the compression back and front. It improved the ride no end. In the Isle of Man, my son was following me on his Bonneville and when we stopped he was complaining about the sorry state of the roads. I hadn't even noticed!

One other thing I notice on the Milano is that over humps I tend to be launched from the seat. Not sure if the preload is too hard, the compression is wrong, or the rebound damping needs to be tweaked. I'll try the compression first. One change at a time. I need to find a test route to compare settings, a lot of the roads have been resurfaced here, but still some older tarmac to do a good test.

Still loving the ride. The wide bars and the engine make it a great back road bike, it is so lazy. Suits my character perfectly.
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Sounds like you know what you are doing. If the problem is sudden jolts from bumps passing through the suspension, then its probably the compression rate that needs to be set on a less intrusive position. It will let the suspension compress more quickly so less jolts get through. Sometimes it's a good idea to do a similar adjustment to the rebound damping so the spring can re-extend because it will have compressed more quickly/further where there is less compression damping
We jotted down all the factory settings (even the one or two that are not in the book) if it helps just ask.
Maybe adjust the preload a little front and back if, with all your regular gear on you are more/less than the 75kg assumed by the factory.
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