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Matt said on Sep 19, 2019 10:53 PM
I visited John at Alpha Suspension the week prior to going on a trackday at Donnington Park on 29/07/19. My bike is a Triumph Daytona 675. The previous owner had the front forks reworked, with Ohlines spring and re-shimmed. I had rear shock worked with a weighted spring and new valve. This meant I could not even use the owner manual to set suspension to a factory spec settings, such is my confidence in the suspension set up area of the bike I would have had to use the manual. The bike was harsh and skittish and would have a tendency not to hold lines when pushing on, also be nervous under heavy braking. It was only the fact the 675 is such a good handling bike that ment the poor set up did not give me even bigger issues. John's magic touch has transformed my 675 with its modified suspension into the weapon it should be. I wanted a fast Road set up with a little advice on where to go for the odd track outing. I have covered 100's of fast road miles now, down roads I know extremely well. I now feel like I'm travelling down them on a different bike! I'm no longer fighting and wrestling the bike through the twisties. She is so compliant and effortlessly turns in, hold her lines and when powering out of corners hooks up like a dream. It has by far been the best money I have ever spent on my bike. I am far less fatigued than I used to be after enthusiastic long runs and dare I say it I'm a little quicker now too but safer. Many thanks John your a magician!
Noras said on Sep 13, 2019 10:31 PM
I have been struggling with roundabouts and corners an my 2007 r6. Something was not right and after visiting john today and him working his magic on my bike, it now genuinely does not feel the same at all. Its absolutely brilliant and its become a dream to ride ������ cant recommend this guy enough
Tom said on Aug 18, 2019 3:51 AM
I came with an gsxr 750 k1 l. It always felt horrible but I loved the engine. Its now my track bike. Having done a session at cadwell I knew something wasn't right. I can now say my bike handles well. It's like I have a new machine I'm sure i lost 10 seconds a lap. I would seriously do this with road or track bikes. Best money you can spend on your pride and joy. Thanks again!
Sean Mcgrath said on Aug 9, 2019 9:59 PM
First off,im very choosy who i let near my bikes with spanners PERIOD. They have to be highly recommended and researched thoroughly. john filled both criteria. now back to the bike. Honda CBR1000RR- owned for a while and not ever felt safe in the corners, kind of drifty on the way out and bouncy on the way in if that makes sense? kind of like a bag of shite, nearly had me a few times to be fair. now im no Marc Márquez but i know when something dont feel right. anyway Johns name kept cropping up so i gave him a ring,he fitted me in and he did what he does......bike felt 100% better on the first corner out of his street. just come back in now after a quick blast round selby two words......DIFFERENT BIKE......thanks John. i will be passing your details on and i would highly recommend you. ps/ my brother may ring you......remember what we discussed lol.........cheque in the post :)
Paul Fox said on Jun 22, 2019 9:12 PM
John is a wizard, K6 GSXR 1000, The bike felt alright, a bit hard for on British roads....but still felt ok. John has transformed it!! The bike feels awesome. Best Mod I’ve ever done and a great bloke too.
Sam Burleigh Gsxr 750 k4 said on Apr 6, 2019 11:41 PM
After owning my bike for 2 years now, I'm kicking myself that i haven't had the suspension set up sooner. The difference is like night and day, could tell a feel a difference before id got to the end of the road. So took it straight to my favorite roads and was smiling though every corner. Like getting a new bike for £30 would highly recommend johns services to any rider. I'm sure my mates are going to get fed up with me talking about getting it done.
David Barker said on Mar 15, 2019 3:36 AM
Highly recommended John is the business when it comes to bike setups. My KTM 1290 Super-Duke needed some tlc it was poor going into corners and scare you coming out. John set the bike up superb handles miles better I’m more confident on the bike now. Many thanks John the best £30 I ever spent.
Rachel said on Dec 4, 2018 3:30 PM
John's expertise and skills are beyond doubt. He's got that enviable blend of knowledge, experience and ability which means he has a feel for his trade which translates into you getting a much better feeling on the bikes. John worked across a range of our bikes - from Ducati Monsters to Enfield Classic 500s and each one, as result of his careful input, is now better suited to my riding - in terms of style and substance. Most noticeable was the Monster, which had at times felt vague and a little skitters, now it's planted and the feedback from what I had assumed was the "wrong" tyre is immense - so a huge thank you to John and if I'm every fortunate enough to get my hands on another bike I'll be on the phone seeking his support!
Ben said on Oct 1, 2018 3:20 PM
I took my Kawasaki Z1000sx to John on 29//09/18. I have zero knowledge of suspension set up and have always ridden with stock set up or tweaked a screw or two without actually knowing the affect on handling so I was more than happy that I could afford (£30) for someone with experience to custom set it up just for me. John booked a convenient time and day for me to visit and first asked me some questions about my riding style, current handling quirks and then set about measuring, testing and tweaking until he was satisfied it was perfect for me. The difference was nothing short of amazing: turned in quicker, held a sure line without twitching (even over uneven road surface around fast corners), soaked up the bumps comfortably and returned to feeling planted immediately, braked sharper and accelerated smoother, all in all honestly the best money ever spent on my bike. I will recommend John to every biker I meet as I think people just don't realise what a difference suspension set up makes - it's now an absolute confidence inspiring joy to ride
Craig - Triumph Sprint St 955i said on Apr 19, 2018 6:20 PM
Thanks again, the difference is quite remarkable. Stable through the bends, better on the brakes all in all a much better bike ! The best £30 you will ever spend !
Luke said on Apr 14, 2018 8:33 PM
My zx6r has been unnerving in the corners, had a floaty bouncy feeling. I wasn't expecting a huge improvement due to it being an old bike, but on my ride home it corners on rails. Amazing work!
Simon said on Apr 8, 2018 3:40 AM
I took my Yamaha FJR 1300 to John as I wasn’t happy with the way the bike cornered. After half an hour, John had worked his magic and my first ride on the bike was a revelation, as the ride,feel and cornering ability of the bike has been transformed. I cannot believe what a difference John has made and I cannot recommend his services highly enough.
Rob Finlay said on Mar 27, 2018 4:58 PM
I took my 2015 Suzuki gsr 750 to John as I had bought a nitron shock. The shock was immediately better than the stock one straight out of the box but after John had aligned the chain and set the sag on the new unit I had a spirited ride home. The suspension is 100% now. Absorbing bumps and giving me more confidence. Thanks John.
Jim Palecek said on Oct 21, 2017 9:20 PM
I figured my stock suspension on my 1999 Yamaha R6 was a lost cause because it was so old so I left everything stock besides a pair of Race Tech springs in the front. Decided to try the online suspension setup and I am extremely happy with the results. Just by making the compression and rebound changes John suggested the tires now follow the road which is a huge boost in confidence! He also helped me by suggesting I check my spring install drilling down to the air gap. That's when I knew he really takes time to see what is going on with your bike and not a canned response. Thank you very much John. Cheers!
John Avancena said on Oct 14, 2017 11:54 PM
I have a 2002 suzuki gsxr 600. Before John set up the bike, it was very reluctant to go into a corner and I was having to fight with the bike to get it to lean over. Since having the bike set up, it is now the one begging to corner. It handles so much sharper and turns in so much easier after the setup. Recommend 100%, the guy knows what hes doing!!! Thanks again John!
Ray Thomas z1000sx 2015 said on Jul 19, 2017 11:45 AM
The bike wasn't too bad before John worked on it but I felt that it was too soft altogether and a little vague. Rather than mess about adjusting things without any real experience of such matters it made sense to take the bike to an expert and let him make the most of it. What a change John made to it. Firmer when needed, not harsh in any way, largest difference was the front end, not diving. Turns in so much faster, and it wasn't too bad before so I was surprised at the improvement. Holds the line perfectly now. Low speed manouvering also so much easier. Lots of good advice too. I would heartily recommend John's services.
Ryan Rawlings said on Jul 11, 2017 10:53 PM
I highly recommend anyone who owns a bike to visit John. The transformation to my Daytona 675 is amazing. The bike felt numb and left me no confidence. On my first visit John noticed that the rebound damping was uneven in the number of clicks available and thought the forks, which had just had new seals and oil put in, had the wrong fork oil in. John set the bike as best he could but said it could be much better. I took the bike back to where I bought it from had the work done that John suggested and returned for a second attempt. I went back to see John who setup the bike again for free!! Now it is amazing handles so well gives me so much confidence in what is going on and is more comfortable. Many thanks John the best £30 you could ever spend on a bike!
malcolm Stead said on Jul 8, 2017 10:03 PM
John- My S1000rr suspension set up was fantastic. I could not believe the difference it made to the bikes ride. A very professional job well done- I just wondered how much better all of my previous bikes would have been if you had set them up !!I would recommend that everyone does this to get the best out of their ride! Many many thanks Malcolm
dave clough 2012 kawasaki zzr 1400 said on Jul 2, 2017 8:54 PM
Hi John. Just want to say what a revelation my bike is since you set up the suspension. I thought the standard setting was ok but found the front end chattered through the bends and the rear being very hard. the major concern was how much the front end dived under hard braking. Within 10 minutes of the set up I found out just how bad the previous settings were. the first time I braked the bike the front end stayed pretty much upright. What was the enlightening moment was throwing the bike into bends. talk about been planted to the road. I can now accelerate through bends and am more confident in the bikes overall handling. Thank you for giving me a stunning set up
James said on Jun 19, 2017 11:23 PM
Had my Honda Fireblade SP in with John just before I went to the TT. What a brilliant decision that was, I must've spent about 20 mins at johns and it is one the best mods I've had done on my bike, it feels so much more planted now. Highly recommended.
SteveThornton said on Jun 13, 2017 3:53 AM
Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 I had been feeling less and less confident riding my K6 just lately, and also finding premature wear on the front tyre. It all cam to a head when one of the fork seals started weaping, I also need to add another Bike shop set up my suspension, I brought it to John as I was well advised from a Friend, Also i had been advised to get the forks REvalved as K6 suffer little Rebound. John suggested a Service, new seals and Shimming rather than valves. On checking the forks, John found that they had been very badly set up previously, more than likely causing the tyre wear, thus giving me the lack of confidence. John turned the job around for me in a couple of days as he knew I had a track day booked. So forks back in, return to Johns for a Set up. Boy what a difference, The bike was superb, well planted on track, I felt so much better on it. It was smooth over the bumps solid on the corners. never shifted. Extremely happy with it. 100% better..
Jonathan said on May 13, 2017 9:27 PM
Just had my Honda SP2 in for a ride in ride out service on the standard suspension at http://www.alphasuspensionset-up.co.uk/Contact-Me---T-C-s.html What a difference! Felt the changes immediately. I can highly recommend John to anyone who wants their suspension set up for the correct sag etc. For £30 he does the ride in ride out service and for another fiver send you the settings via email as a base line to tweak from. For me he transformed a non compliant stiff bike into a quick turning flickable bike with loads of feel from the front end, and it's more comfortable too!
Matt guthrie said on May 13, 2017 12:51 PM
I took my 2012 1199 panigale to John after it was acted nervous at the front and back and after a few questions and few tweaks. It's now even better than before! Thanks John very highly recommended.
Mike said on Apr 27, 2017 4:16 PM
I took my 2016 Street Triple R to John because straight from the factory the bike was set up to be firm, this made the ride harsh and scatty and didn't inspire confidence in the bike. John adjusted everything, and on my ride home it felt like a different bike. It felt plush over bumps, but not soft. The bike now goes where I want it to, is easier to manoeuvre at slow speeds and feels much more stable. An added benefit I wasn't expecting is to the braking. There's is so much more feel. All in all I would recommend John to anyone! Thanks!
Dave said on Apr 14, 2017 0:50 AM
Called with Andy. Had my CBR600 set up. Feels 100 times better. Thanks
paul fidler said on Mar 18, 2017 3:47 PM
had john adjust my zx12r would definatley recommend bike feels great now
Richard said on Mar 15, 2017 3:18 AM
I called at Johns today with my Triumph st1050 which I've had for a couple of months. The rear suspension just didn't feel right and I didn't want to start messing with the rear shock myself (cos I don't know anything about sag ? Rebound ?? or anything else..) Reading the comments John has had, it was a no brainer to see if he could work his magic..well you did John !! It felt better before I got to the roadworks and the trip to Whitby was so much better than the last time..the bike now feels like I think it should have done when it left the factory..top job and definitely the best 30 quid I've ever spent on a bike..Well done..
Liz said on Mar 13, 2017 11:30 PM
After setting up the suspension on my 2011 speed triple for me, it has been fantastic. Such an improvement. Thanks again! Highly recommended!
Matt lootes said on Mar 13, 2017 3:47 AM
Hi john after you set up my bike at my moto on saturday 11/3/17 i have been out on it today 12/3/17 and it handles brilliant 100% improvement in corners on the road etc thank you very much
Richard Wykes said on Mar 12, 2017 2:13 AM
Hi John. Came to the suspension clinic you did today at mymoto and ride home was so much more enjoyable. The bike is so much more planted in the corners and under breaking. Thanks again!
Paul rogers said on Feb 19, 2017 1:44 PM
Had my ducati 1198 in to john on 18/02/2017, as it felt way too hard , told him how i would like it after 30 mins left there and it feels much better and more under control... Very happy cheers John
Faz said on Dec 18, 2016 7:16 PM
Took my Yamaha r6 to John as I had heard a lot about him. The bike was riding too hard and was unpredictable. John got to work like a true pro and now the bike rides fantastic! Great guy, great service! I highly recommend!
Sergio Fialho said on Aug 28, 2016 2:22 AM
Hi John I just wanted to say the bike is much much better now I feel the suspension working and I know what the bike is doing, it looks like I control the bike with my mind I think and the bike follow. Thanks, you did a brilliant job.
Bill Foreman said on Aug 26, 2016 10:11 PM
Hi John, I just wanted to say thanks very much for sorting my suspension out on my Ducati 899 Panigale. I brought the bike second hand and immediately felt the suspension was rock hard and just felt very stiff, especially on the front end. I also felt very perched up on the bike rather than "in it". After visiting you the difference was amazing, the bike just felt like it should, easier to hit Apexs and I felt part of the bike. And the ride was so much more smoother and real world! This difference was felt straight away when I left your house, the front end just felt much lighter and the whole bike easier! I'm not a very technical person so sorry if this is not a good description. But it's the best money spent and thanks very much! Cheers Bill.
Richard Oldfield said on Aug 18, 2016 4:09 PM
2015 Triumph Speed Triple R John, I noticed a difference for the better in the ride even before I reached the main road. The ride remains sporty on the Ohlins as expected but gone is the harshness, with more compliance & control. The best 30 quid I've ever spent on a bike, I'll be straight back with any new bike in the future. Many Thanks!!
Stephen said on Aug 3, 2016 0:04 AM
Booked my R6 in back in July, wasn't sure what to expect, but so glad I did, the bike fells miles better in corners and over bumps. Before it was like a rock and used to be all or nothing in corners, John worked his magic. Went round to his house, and got a friendly welcome and excellent quick service, I'll be sort to take book my next bike in straight away. Cheers Stephen
Adam Saunders said on Jul 20, 2016 8:03 PM
Took a ride up to Johns home from Nottingham to get suspension set up on my GSXR 1000 K3. Recently purchased bike which felt unbalanced and unpredictable. John thoroughly made notes of all base settings etc then proceeded to tune my suspension to what is now beautifully balanced and predictable/forgiving. This is an art and takes years to perfect hence why i chose to go with a pro such as John.
James said on Jul 10, 2016 1:40 AM
The difference on the zx10r today is night and day can't wait for some sunshine amazing wot a bit of knowledge does top man well recommended
Carsurgery burnley said on Jul 9, 2016 11:33 PM
ZX10r 2016 thanks john bike feels fantastic now silky smooth !!!!!
Darren Withington said on Jun 29, 2016 0:05 AM
I went out on the bike for the first time after visiting John I have got to say worth every penny I have so much more confidence in the bikers unreal.cheers John.
Adrian Batty said on Jun 13, 2016 11:51 PM
Hi John, I've now had three bikes setup by yourself and I must congratulate you on setting them up just right first time, where other companies I have had to keep going back time and time again. I've noticed that the bike handles so much better and increases my confidence in the bike. Or yes the price is perfect too so what else could I ask for. Thanks Ade
Mike Anyon said on May 20, 2016 4:34 PM
Hi John, Just to say a huge thanks for setting up my suspension on my Aprilia RSV1000 it has transformed the feeling of the bike and gives great feed back while holding a line and not dropping into corners as before. Your service is brilliant, professional, and thorough I will contact you again when its due for a refresh, thanks again, Mike
Chris baker said on May 14, 2016 0:42 AM
Once again I called John to book in for a suspension set up. This is the 4th bike he's done for me, and after a quick thrash to his garage after work tonight he got straight to work on my R1. After a quick chat about what I'm not happy with John got to work sorting out the nervous front and the bouncy rear. The ride home(even on the motorway!) filled me with the confidence I had on my old R1. The best modification you can do for such little money!!! I can't recommend John enough. Thanks John. Chris Baker.
Paul Wilkinson said on May 13, 2016 2:05 AM
Hi John, Just wanted to say thanks for sorting out the suspension on the speed triple. After leaving yours I had a run to squires and the bike was transformed. It did everything you said it would, holding a line through the corners, more comfortable and therefore more confidence inspiring plus it didn't try to kick me off at every bump in the road ! This is the second bike you have sorted for me and it certainly won't be the last. Best £30 anyone can spend on their bike. Once again thanks.
John Martin said on May 6, 2016 8:39 PM
with over 45 years of riding a number of bikes under my belt I've always done my own servicing and most repairs, including setting up my suspension.Despite reading various how-to articles I never really managed to get it right even though I'd convince myself I had.I recently added a Moto Guzzi Griso to my collection, this time I decided to let an experienced expert do the setting up.John at Alpha Suspension spent 45 mins on the bike, the result is now a bike that is perfectly damped. This is especially so when you're already committed into a corner and hit a bump / pot hole, the bike doesn't go out of shape, stays in control and on line. The confidence you get from this is priceless. Thanks again John, I'll be bringing my Buell S1 Whitelightning for you to sort out!
Mark Blundell said on May 5, 2016 4:12 PM
Thanks John 2nd bike you have worked your magic on, i noticed a huge difference on the way home the handling is so much better.Will be recommending you to my friends. Best regards Mark.
Trevor Major said on May 4, 2016 8:40 PM
Thanks very much John, certainly noticed the difference. Cranks over better and in comfort!
Andrew said on May 4, 2016 1:51 PM
Ducati 848 Streetfighter: Really made a difference to the bike in the corners. Feels more planted and the feeling of being bounced of the road has completely gone. A lot more confidence in the tighter corners. Cheers John
Andy Brown said on Apr 26, 2016 2:00 AM
Hi John,I'd just like to thank you for working your magic on my 2014 Triumph Speed Triple R.After recently purchasing my dream bike it was on my too do list to have the suspension properly sorted,after an Internet search I came across John and made contact.Due to both our commitments,finding a time could of been difficult if it wasn't for John giving up his time on a Sunday for me.I arrived on my bike and left on a completely different one!After assessing the settings of my bike John told me how it rode,did he have a crystal ball?!He then set to work doing what he does and explaining along the way.After shaking hands off I rode,I hadn't got to the main road and the bike felt completely different.Living up in North Yorkshire I had a decent run home and then plenty of lovely roads to ride.The transformation is unreal,the bike now tips into corners so smoothly now and feels planted all the way thru them,it doesn't try to buck you out the seat and skitter over bumpy roads either.Its now a smooth,confident and comfortable bike to ride.As other people have said its the best money you'll ever spend on your bike!I cant thank you enough John,many thanks.Go see this man,he's a legend!
Rob said on Apr 20, 2016 11:11 PM
Morning John, Just a quick message to say that firstly thank you on the set up, and secondly it goes great now! On my route back i decided to detour via the ''Yorkshire TT'' route to really see how it would handle the bumps and undulations, it does it great, it doesn't feel like the front wants to lift after every little bump when accelerating, and that back being softer doesn't feel like it wants to skip/jump out anymore, which in turn now gives me loads more confidence in my riding and in my entry speed into and through the corner. Thanks again and i will be back when i change this bike! Rob
Steve Bell said on Apr 11, 2016 9:45 PM
Hi John, would just like to thank you again for setting up the suspension on my GSXR 750 L4. Always thought my bikes suspension was a bit harsh especially the rear but overall didnt think it was that bad until you worked your magic on it. Now it's 100% better. Overall handling and especially cornering massively improved giving great confidence.Couldnt believe the difference , best 30 quid I've ever spent. So everyone out there who think their bikes are good, go see John and part with 30 quid and end up with a great!! bike. Thanks again John.
Graham said on Apr 10, 2016 9:35 PM
Hi John just like to say thanks. I was going to sell my fireblade as I just couldn't live with the way it didn't take the bumps and the way I had to force it round the corners. After you set the bike up propperly for me it was like a totally new bike it felt light and so easy to get round the corners. It also rides the bumps so much better. Think I will be keeping the blade a bit longer. Thanks again.
terry lofthouse said on Mar 27, 2016 0:25 AM
Hi John just wanted to thank you for setting up the suspension on my gsx-s1000. As soon as I left you the feel of the bike from when I rode to you was like night & day, so smooth. I was out all day did over 250 miles & loved every minute of the ride, taking the corners now with a lot more confidence. Thanks again great job done
Johnny, Halifax said on Mar 21, 2016 2:32 PM
John, I would just like to thank you for seeing me yesterday at teh last minute and setting my Aprilia up. When I got there John said my bike was nearly unrideable and the bike was not set up well at all. After 45 mins of fine tuning and explaining what he had done I left on a bike that can only be described as a 'NEW' bike. Unbelievable! If you think your bike rides well! Think again and book an appointment. The best £30 ever spent. So glad I went over. I will be spreading the word. Thanks once again
Allen said on Mar 20, 2016 7:37 PM
Hello John what a transformation after your set up my bike now handles excellent I can't believe how different the bike rides .once again many thanks regards Allen
Mike Coward said on Mar 15, 2016 2:11 AM
Absolutely transformed the riding experience - best £30 I have ever spent Very highly recommended
Martin said on Feb 26, 2016 11:06 PM
Well worth the 60 mile round trip to get my GSXR750 to behave!! Fast, friendly and efficient service and is highly recommended !!!!!
Steve said on Nov 1, 2015 1:53 PM
Cbr1000rr 2009 track bike: Just like to say thanks john for the set up the bike handled perfectly at Cadwell park this week, I was faster, smoother & later on the brakes. Cheers steve
Chris Peaker said on Oct 16, 2015 3:11 AM
Eh up john, a quick note on my r1 after settin my suspension for track, im now braking deeper into corners & turning in better also able to get on throttle sooner, big thanks.
Carl Jones said on Sep 30, 2015 3:24 AM
Just a short note to thank you for such a good job at setting up the suspension on my k7 GSXR 750. I knew the suspension wasn't right for me from the first ride out on the bike and I was pleased to see that you had a clinic a lot closer to me than you your home is! As everyone else has said, the difference in the bike was noticed immediately! Thank you for unlocking the bike I always knew was there! Carl.
Rob Shuttleworth said on Aug 7, 2015 2:05 AM
John, it's been a few weeks, but just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for sorting the Fireblade. It's transformed from a jittery constant thought what the front wheel was doing to a smooth ride where you don't even think about the road surface. I don't even think about the bike now, it just gets on with what I ask of it with no fuss, wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Many thanks you have turned it into a keeper.
Mike Evans said on Jul 18, 2015 5:11 PM
John, you're a wizard!! You set up my Kawasaki Z1000SX and it's never handled as well as it does now. My confidence in its cornering has gone through the roof. My need to get some knee sliders at this rate. ;) Great work - will be recommending your service to everyone and your contact details are staying in my phone!!!
Liam & Glennis said on Jul 4, 2015 10:15 PM
Suzuki gsx1340r 2011 a massive thanks to John for fast efficient Turnaround of suspension settings and advice on improving settings even further with spring rate upgrade which I will be back for at end of season being a big bellied lad with pillion riding a bottoming out front end and wondering what the back wheel was doing and slowly losing faith in the bike the setup you have done for me as unleashed a new love of the bike and highlighted the bad habits I have gained compensating for bad set up best £30 ever spent and the missus says it's worth it just to stop moaning about feel thanks again John for understanding my vague descriptions of what was wrong that's the bit I was dreading and amazing how with your knowledge and your trusty screwdriver and tape measure how you put it all into words and don't even ride it you just know.cant believe I'm looking forward to winter .....to complete suspension upgrades Liam
David Hayes said on Jun 17, 2015 2:14 AM
Dave Hayes R1 5PW. It's been around a month now since John set my suspension up for me.. I can honestly say it's 'the' best £30 I've ever spent on my bike.. The difference is unbelievable.. My R1 is now so responsive and easy to throw about. I'm riding quicker, smoother more confidant than I have in years.. Every bike I get from now on this will be my first stop
Ian said on Jun 11, 2015 8:56 PM
My bike handled pretty well but with a few tweaks from John, it all seems more balanced now. Thanks, well worth the money. CB1000R
Bob Mayes said on May 15, 2015 10:42 PM
My VFR1200 has been transformed! Before taking it to John the bike simply didn't like bends and was always trying to run wide... Now it corners beautifully and effortlessly! Have no doubts - this is the best £30 you will ever spend on your bike.
Mark Cockerill said on May 11, 2015 0:19 AM
2011 aprilia tuono - bought this bike and was a bit disappointed with it. I brought it here to John and he set it up for me. What a transformation!! The bike is totally different, handles and corners absolutely fantastic! This man is a total wizard when it comes to setting suspension. I was contemplating selling the bike, but now i love it! Thanks again John great job.
Lee said on May 9, 2015 4:22 PM
A HUGE THANK YOU John. From devastatingly disappointing ride home on a new bike to the transformation that I ride now. Simply amazing. Could feel the improvement as I slowly left in the rain. Perversely pleased that the dealer didn't have a clue with the settings as it was the catalyst to bring the bike over within 24hrs of ownership. Singing your praise to everyone. Thank you again John. Triumph Street Triple R
Mel said on Apr 21, 2015 11:32 PM
Thanks John for setting up the suspension on my Honda cb1300 (2009), well worth the £30 cost. Like I rode away on a different bike than I rode in on. Thanks again
Peter said on Jan 27, 2015 7:29 PM
John I would just like to thank you for the advice and time you have given before bringing my Hayabusa to you. As we discussed she was a very firm ride and as for handling she constantly run wide if taking twisties as speed, also islands were sometimes a struggle. However now you have adjusted the suspension settings to the front and rear of her, it has totally transformed the ride, handling and sensitivity of the steering. She feels like I am now in total control and where I want her to go she will. Islands are such a breeze now and twisties she seems to take effortlessly. Anyone struggling with their handling this is well worth doing. Thanks again John! 27.01.2015
James said on Jan 25, 2015 7:40 PM
I have a triumph daytona 955i and notice the difference straight away slow speed round mini roundabouts,went down a bumpy country lane felt very stable and controlled, John has transformed the bike!
Colin - RSV 1000 R said on Nov 11, 2014 2:13 AM
Hi John, Just to say thanks for the setup, and wow what a difference it has made. I have never had this done before on any bike, and the results have convinced me that it won't be the last time. Even at the first corner after I left, I immediately noticed the improvement, the bike seems to want to just go around the corners on its own, the extra confidence, with not only higher speed bends, both in and out, but also the stability felt at low speed (mini roundabouts etc) is fantastic. Thanks again, you have just given me a whole new bike, and it's much better than I could have hoped for. Colin
paul lake said on Oct 14, 2014 0:20 AM
hi john just to say the back end now feels a 100 % better than before. ive reduced size of fork spacers today and will test properly tomorrow but its all looking good at the min.....well happy. thanks again john
Paul Benson said on Oct 12, 2014 2:52 AM
Hi John, would just like to say thanks for setting the suspension on my R6 today it feels like a different bike much smoother on bumpy roads instead of kicking me out of the seat feels much more stable in corners and holds it's line feel much more confident with the bike now.thanks Paul.
DAMON said on Sep 19, 2014 9:49 PM
My bike felt okay before going to see John, handled well and cornered well but its even better now. John levelled things up and now my bike handles like a dream. Happy Z1000 rider.
Andy Walkin said on Sep 12, 2014 8:51 PM
Had my CBR 600rr set up done today, its like riding a different bike, goes into corners much smoother . its more of a pleasure to ride than i thought possible. i highly recommend John a great guy and a fantastic job. thank you so much.
Steve said on Sep 6, 2014 3:28 PM
2004 CBR1000RR. John has transformed the handling of my bike for £30! He explained the process and even got me involved in the set up. My ride home was so much better and my bike now feels and rides like it always should have. Cheers mate!
JOE said on Aug 15, 2014 10:14 PM
ZZR1400 2013 Honesty cannot believe the difference. Before I came to see John I had no trust in the handling of the bike.bumps whilst cornering would really upset the it,brake and the front would dive way to much . accelerate and the back would squat down.it was terrible. But now it's a different bike.what it should have always been.loads of confidence it it now . highly recommend. I reckon a couple of my mates will be coming to see you . Cheers john.
Richard Platts - Ducati Diavel said on Jul 31, 2014 5:36 PM
Hi John. what a difference your settings have made to the ride of the bike! The teeth-rattling jarring over the slightest bump has now gone and the handling in corners which I thought was fine with the original settings has improved beyond what I thought was possible. You mentioned that you felt that you could get some further improvement out of the front with some other fairly minor mods and having seen such an improvement with the adjustments carried out I have no doubt that you could improve things even more, so I will be getting in touch again when I have put a few more miles on. Finally, to anyone with a Diavel, I would highly recommend that you get John to adjust your standard suspension and try it before you go down the costly route of fitting ohlins - you will be amazed at the difference! Thanks again. Richard
jason brown said on Jul 29, 2014 3:49 PM
thanks loads john. setup works perfect for me . prob going to be the best and cheapest mod i do.
Chris baker said on Jul 25, 2014 10:49 PM
This is the third bike I've taken over to John and once again very very happy with the outcome. After fitting some uprated forks and an ohlins shock I was initially disappointed with the ride and I'm not confident in setting it up properly. John got to work and in under an hr I was riding home with a big smile on my face. Many thanks John. Highly recommend his service.
Wayne Armstrong 2001 CBR 929RRY Fireblade said on Jul 25, 2014 1:57 PM
John , Just want to say thank you for transforming my bike, what a fantastic job, the Blade now eats corners for breakfast and handles superb .. excellent job .. top bloke.
arkadius said on Jul 22, 2014 2:25 PM
Took my fz1s with wp rear shock and big bang r1 front end. Thot bike was awsome even before set up. Now its a jizz mashine!!!! Nuff said bloke should get a noble award!! Il com back with every bike il ever buy! Thank you!!
Paul Wilkinson said on Jul 4, 2014 6:11 PM
Hi John, I would just like to say thanks for setting up the suspension on my cb1000r it is a totally different bike now. I knew there was something not quite right but once you did your magic it does everything you said it would. It holds its line around corners and doesn't bog down when powering out of corners. I have so much more confidence in the bike now. The best £30 I've spent ! Once again thanks. Paul
NEIL BRADFORD said on Jun 21, 2014 1:25 AM
SAW JOHN ON TUESDAY MORNING RODE IN ON A BOUNCING TOUNO - RODE HOME ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BIKE. WHAT A DIFFERANCE 80 MILES OF A & B ROADS WERE - A PLEASURE TO RIDE HOME ON. THANKS JOHN REGARDS NEIL
Phil berry said on Jun 16, 2014 0:14 AM
Hi just to let you know what a difference your set up has made went out today for a quick run on my normal road the bike feels so differant keeps it's line now unlike before it would run wide ,turns in so much better and the ride is so much smoother ,breaking is more balanced. It's incredible what you've done wish I had found you before thanks again john (R1 2009 Big Bang )
Neil F said on Jun 10, 2014 10:33 AM
Like other comments this is really £30 very well spent, took my Yamaha FZ1 to John and his changes have made the bike feel so much better in terms of feeling planted in the bends and much more predictable, I had the work done before heading off to Isle of Man to watch this year's TT and had chance to ride over the mountain course a couple of times, much more enjoyable when you know the bike's suspension is sorted.
Andy Barton said on May 3, 2014 3:04 AM
Thanks for adjustments to my Suzuki GSX1300 B-King. Was seriously thinking of some very expensive upgrades before you set the stock suspension to optimise it for a little lad. I now have more confidence to tip into corners and commit to a line. £30 on the strength of nothing to lose and everything to gain was a no brainer. I would recommend you to anyone, on any bike, and be sure that you would optimise theirs as well as you have mine. Value for money and friendly professional service sums it up I think. Thanks again John.
Geoff Miler said on Mar 19, 2014 6:16 AM
Hi John, Thanks for all your online help to set up my VF1200F The difference is really improved over the standard settings. Regards Geoff
Simon Mallett said on Mar 11, 2014 6:19 AM
Took my forks to John to have a full service and rebuild with new seals, new valves, new oil and new springs to match my weight, finally managed to get the bike out at the weekend and it felt really good, will be going on track day soon and will report back after, but I expect it will even better Thanks John for a great and speedy service
Jake Briggs said on Mar 4, 2014 12:57 PM
Recently had my K4 GSXR 1000 set up by John. Through very little explination from my self on how it handled, he managed to turn my machine into an eager and nimble hare, compared to its slugush behaviour before he worked his magic. As i didnt even realise my bike had so much more potential within it, i urge even the riders who are happy with the way their bikes ride to go and see just what John can do.
Joe Tomlinson said on Mar 1, 2014 9:10 PM
Had the bike setup today by john and this man certainly knows his craft. It rides spot on and inspires confidence in the corners, would definitely recommend his services to anybody and will be back again in the future. Aprilia rsvr
Mick H said on Feb 22, 2014 11:55 PM
Took my Triumph sprint GT to John, he worked his magic on both the front and rear of the bike, it feels like a different bike. Going back for more work to be done in the near future.
John Pimperton said on Feb 19, 2014 9:48 PM
Hi John Further to our phone conversation today, just to confirm I am very pleased with the set up you did on my GSXR 750 L1. The vague feeling in the front fork has gone and it corners much more naturally now. Also the ride is improved with a more comfortable ride. I will not hesitate to recomend you or use your services again in the future. Regards John, CASTLEFORD.
Pete H said on Aug 25, 2013 8:25 PM
She's like a different bike after the visit to alpha, no more bouncing out of the seat on the bumpy roads anymore, feels a lot more secure and planted on the road, plus the front seems to have loads more grip and stability when cornering, thanks a lot.
Liam Fryer said on Aug 25, 2013 2:27 AM
Cannot recommend enough. John had a bounce on my bike and then told me exactly how my bike felt to ride!! i knew then that my bike was in safe hands Before i took my bike to John the ride was really stiff and would skip about on most surfaces which made the bike really uncontrollable and unstable which was affecting my confidence. After John had made his swift adjustments the ride home gave me so much satisfaction. The bike now feels taut when pressing on but is much more supple over lumps and bumps. i am really impressed with how stable the bike feels now. I have gained a lot of feel in the front end, especially under braking. i know everybody says this but it is the best £30 you can spend on a bike!!! massive thanks
Josh said on Aug 20, 2013 0:43 AM
Hi John just like to say a big thanks to start with. I can definitely feel a difference in the bike since you worked your magic, though I think you are right about the rear spring it will need changing at some point. Loads more confidence though and the bike actually absorbs the bumps now thanks again.
Neal Street Triple R 675 said on Aug 13, 2013 2:31 PM
Hi , John the settings that you dialled in to my Triumph are amazing , you really know your stuff , before the bike would be to hard then I would adjust and then it be to soft and I could not get it right even close , so after making an appointment and yes the day was raining and I still traveled a fair way I didnt let the rain stop me , you looked at the bike asked me some basic questions and then you worked your magic Ta Dah ! presto bike now feels great into bends handles like a dream holds a line cranked over 100 plus ,, thank you so much for getting this bike adjusted after I was gonna get rid , but now i don't need to sell it ..... Happy days , everywhere I go I mention Alpha suspension set my bike up,,, great job and Thank you
Andy Lee said on Jul 17, 2013 3:03 AM
Hi John, Many Thanks for setting up my new 10R. The softer set up was perfect for the B roads on our run up to Hartside. You're the man! Regards Andy
John Matthew said on Jul 14, 2013 7:45 PM
Hi John, many many thanks for setting up the suspension on my 2011 Fireblade last wednesday, gave the bike a bit of stick this weekend and boy what a difference, will certainly recommend you to others, once again a big thank you, regards John. Rochdale Lancs.
troy gregory said on Jul 13, 2013 10:30 PM
hi john thanks for setting up the bike anyone needing their suspension sorting this is your man and for 30 pounds its a no brainer thanks again will be back
Gordy Crazyjambo said on Jul 9, 2013 11:18 AM
Hi John.after you did the set up on my 1993 zx9r b1at our forum bash last weekend,we went for a rideout to skeggy.night and day difference.bike handles superbly well now.money well spent.regards from the loud obnoctious Scotsman @ www.zx-9r.net
Dave keightley said on Jul 6, 2013 8:25 PM
What a difference can now ride my speed triple with confidence,no more harsh ride,feels settled no matter what roads are ridden Fully recommended
Pete Adams said on Jul 4, 2013 9:54 AM
Hi John, just to let you know, since you came to my house and did the suspension on my GSXR 1000 k7 I have finally managed to get out on it and went for a run over the tops to Wrexham last weekend. OMG what a difference! I know you said that there was no set up on the suspension before you started (absolutely no re-bound front or rear) but the difference is amazing! Thank you so much. Anybody thinking of having this done JUST DO IT!
jason said on Jul 2, 2013 9:58 PM
hi john,thank you for letting me come round on my fjr1300 and sort the suspension it was like riding a plank with handlebars before you performed some kind of miracle i am truelly amazed at the difference ill be in touch soonfor you to carry some more work out thank you yet again
Brian Walkden said on Jun 29, 2013 1:31 AM
John, Thanks for taking the time to speak with me whilst you set the suspension on my new CBR600F on Wednesday. I rode 4 hours in persistent rain the next day with more confidence than ever before in the wet. Brian
David CBR1000RR5 said on Jun 28, 2013 1:07 AM
John, many thanks. You set up several bikes last Saturday in Barnsley. The bike turns like a dream now, I did a full days tuition on Sunday and can honestly say the bike gave me 100% confidence and felt completely different to how it felt before. Best money spent on any bike mod by far. Can't thank you enough, dave
Andrew Jones said on Jun 16, 2013 1:20 AM
John i came to you with my Black CBR fireblade and im not really not sure what to put but oh my god the bike is like a different bike into the corners, ill be honest after travelling back to Sheffield i came off at junc 30 M1 and i did about 20 laps of the roundabout and i couldn't believe how it went around after you had set it up, and ive been on it a couple of times since and all i can say is WOW cheers, regards Andy
Jim Overend said on Jun 15, 2013 0:23 AM
Jim, 2011 Triumph Speed Triple. Thanks for the new bike John. I found the suspension harsh (especially the front) on standard settings and never felt particularly confident on bumpy corners on the Dales roads that I usually ride. John's adjustments have transformed the bike for less than the price of a night out. As an added bonus it is a great deal more comfortable! Money well spent. Thanks again, Jim.
Sarah said on May 19, 2013 4:26 AM
I had some doubts about the rear suspension on my fazer 600. I had a ride to see John, to get it checked. John did a thorough check on my suspension and it turned that everything was already set up perfectly. He sent me on my way without any charge, as the bike needed no work at all. Really good to be re-assured that everything was all good. Really good advice, nice to know somebody is genuinely interested in helping out riders and not just in it to make money. Thanks very much :)
mark poundall said on May 10, 2013 11:45 PM
gsxr 600 k3 hi john took bike out after you set it up for me completely different bike well balanced realy sticks to road very confident a smooth ride love it thankyou mark goole
Mark Ternent said on May 2, 2013 6:24 PM
John, you adjusted the suspension on my 2008 Yamaha FZ1-N on 27th April at Pit stop diner, You said you only had to make some "small adjustments"....... What a difference, my bike feels so much more planted mid corner & bumps seen to have "vanished" had a quick blast yesterday on dry roads & am over the moon with the bike, lots more confidence in the front, Cant sing your praises enough....Great job!!
Geoff said on Apr 25, 2013 3:30 PM
Hi Since you set my suspension on my sp2 it has transformed the handling from being twitchy to now being planted, feels like a new bike. Many thanks Geoff
chris said on Apr 21, 2013 11:52 PM
Aprilia RSV 1000 Factory R haga rep An absolute amazing transformation the bike is so easy to ride now and i can really use the Ohlins to its full potential, the bike rides like no other bike i have owned in 15 yrs of riding sports bikes this one takes any corner in its stride with ease! thanks again john p.s keep up the good work! Chris Leeds
Steve said on Apr 21, 2013 10:41 PM
hi John I brought my r6 to you last weekend , which was like a bone shaker . After I rode it home I couldn't believe how much better it was . Even my friends yesterday commented how much better I was on it yesterday on a long run out. Well worth the £30 . Thanks again Steve. Eggborough
mick, triumph street triple r said on Mar 9, 2013 2:49 PM
hi john, thanks for sorting my suspension out, i came in initially as my new bike had had the suspension on the rear messed about with and it feel awful, the front had no feel one way or the other but i put it down to the rear being out. but after a few questions it appears the front was actually making the rear worse. once you had altered it the rear felt much better but amazingly the biggest change was up front, i can feel everything thats going on. its great i cant wait for the weather to brighten up. highly recommended service its made a huge difference to the way the bike feels ;-) many thanks mick
Darron said on Mar 4, 2013 0:05 AM
SUZUKI GSXR1000 K7 - John, I cannot thank you enough, the transformation in the bike's handling was amazing and I can now say I really look forward to riding my gixxer , before the suspension adjustment I used to dread roundabouts and sharp bends, goes round 'em like she's on rails now, probably the best money I've spent on any motorcycle I've owned ! Top job and many thanks, Darron, Leicester.
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