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post #1 of 7 Old 09-08-2013, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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2012 Vee Bottoms out!

Greetings Troopers,

So my wife and I went on our first off road Adventure this weekend with the Stroms. The road was suprisingly washed out. I unfortunately dropped the Vee. Givi Crash Bars did thier job well. OEM right side luggage also took the fall.

My Vee would bottom out over every large rut in the road. Didn't matter how slow or fast I was going.... when ever I came to a dip in the road.. on the up side I would bottem out! Fortunately the SW-Motech Engine Guard did its job. However it did get smashed pretty good.

I know my springs rates are too soft for my weight but will just changing the rates will be enough? I am 230lbs w/o gear.

Bike was fully loaded with Top case and side cases full. I've read alot on this topic but just cant' seem to find an answer?

Wife did amazing her first time on the dirt! She handles the Wee like a champ.

Thanks in advance!

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Maybe you killed the shock. btdt

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that would be sadly disappointing tmcgee!!

The Bike only has 1622 miles on it... a mere 19 miles of it has seen dirt! If a rough road blew out the rear shock that quickly I'm not sure the Strom would be so popular.

Anyhow, the rest of the trip, around 141 the bike felt fine. Just didn't take much to bottem out. Perhaps with the SW-Motech engine guard my ground clearance suffers?
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What front and rear suspension settings were you using?

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What ever came stock. Haven't touched on either. To be honest I never even considered those adjustment............? I trust your talking about the Pre-load adjuster on the right hand side for the rear?

I only asked about springs rates because of the RaceTech spring calculator has the recommended rates significally hight than stock.
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The purpose of the pre-load adjusters is to get the suspension into about the middle of its travel for the loaded riding weight of the rider & pax.

Our bikes take about 40mm of sag (set with the preload adjusters). Raise the front tire off the floor with full suspension extension and put a cable tie around one upper fork leg down against the seal. Get on the bike and balance. Get off, raise the front, and measure how far the tie was pushed up. Adjust the preload and check again to get 40 mm. Do the same for the rear with a helper measuring from axle to fender. Note how many lines show on the top of the shock for your final setting. For two up, just crank the adjuster all the way up, then return to your setting for solo riding.

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Crank that rear preload up, that is what it is for. Would be in your best interest to upgrade front springs and your rear unit, would be well worth the small investment.

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