Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Western Maryland
At 6'5" and 225 lbs. I've set sag at 20% front (32 mm or 1 3/8 inch) and rear at 30% (48 mm or 1 7/8 inch) I've reduced the front compression 2 clicks (9 out from seated) to take out some of the harshness on potholes. Rebound at the front is 6 clicks out from seated (in 1 click from stock). Rear rebound is set a 1 turn out from seated which is 1/2 turn in from the punch mark on the shock. I seem to find that Japanese bikes come with too much compression (harsh on sharp bumps) and too little rebound (wallowing, unsettled feeling). The stock suspension is much better than first generation Stroms, but there is still a gap to the Penske/Ohlins level of perfection. So far, I can live happily with the new Strom suspension and keep the $1000-$1500 upgrade cost in my pocket.
If the suspension feels harsh, the first thing I'd do is to reduce the compression damping. Change only one adjustment at a time and evaluate it. If you adjust preload, compression, and rebound all at the same time, it's impossible to tell which individual adjustment is better and which is worse. Your chances of guessing right on all 3 adjustments at once is pretty much zero.
Last edited by Farmer Hank; 05-17-2014 at 08:46 PM.