Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Brisbane Australia
i am about 220lbs fully dressed in my MC gear and ride solo mostly - on my L2, my rear spring rate is approx 11.2kg or 625lbs/inch (110nm Wilbur), and my feeling is that it is right if slightly on the firm side ( and i generally prefer compliance over firmness).
Previously on my Wee, i tried 550lbs inch, 600lbs and 650lb inch when i am about your weight.
Base on my experience, i would say try 10.6kg is a very good start and go up the next level if you really want a firm ride. The funny thing about these spring rate is that, on my weight, it needs about 20mm (i cant remember the exact number) of preload to get my rider/dynamic sag right. On all suspension books, it is suggested the preload should be only about 10mm to 15mm for street bikes, and 20+mm would be regarded as way too soft, and i would need to go to about 13kg spring to achieve the acceptable figure.
Of course i know otherwise based on the combination i tried... Is there something out of ordinary about Vstrom's linkage ratio to cause such a departure from the accepted norm - i am not sure. I would suggest the shop who suggest 16kg spring read the data from race tech or some other race orientated data book.
good luck with your search and let us know what you choose and give us some feed back after riding with it for 1000km to provide us with some good feedback data.
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