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post #1 of 7 Old 07-04-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Vee preload settings?

What preload settings do you Vee riders like? I haven't changed mine from the factory settings. I weight about 172 and only ride it on the road.

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You can't get preload settings from anyone else. You need to set up your suspension for the load your bike carries and it will vary depending on whether you are solo, two up and/or carrying luggage. The Science and Black Magic of Suspension Setup

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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You can't get preload settings from anyone else. You need to set up your suspension for the load your bike carries and it will vary depending on whether you are solo, two up and/or carrying luggage. The Science and Black Magic of Suspension Setup
Thanks for the link. I know it's dependent on the load, that is why I posted my weight. Is there a reason why someone of similar weight would want different preload settings? I am not at all experienced in suspension setup but from what I think I know, preload seems to be only weight related. Is riding style a factor in preload? I am trying to get a sense for what the "right" setting feels like compared to a "not right" setting. I was asking about other riders settings for solo riding with minimal luggage weight
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There is a range involved in preload setting rather than a point. Basically, you don't want the suspension to top out or bottom out. An aggressive rider might prefer the 25% end of the range. The Strom has a lot of travel. 40mm of dynamic sag at each end is a good place to start no matter how you ride. Remember, preload does not make the suspension harder or softer. It only determines sag. If you don't bottom out or top out, your preload setting isn't going to get any better. If no preload setting prevents topping or bottoming out, you need a different spring/damping rate.

Measuring preload sag is easy enough. Why trust that somebody else got it right and their bike is exactly like yours when you don't know if either is true?

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Thanks and I do plan to go through the sag setup myself. I'm in new territory here and wanted to see how my results compared to others in case I screw something up.
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I doubt you'll screw it up. It's really simple.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Let me add something here that will get you back to where you started if something goes terribly wrong (very unlikely- it really IS simple): Write everything down and only make one change at a time. Measure the front end sag without making any adjustments. Count the number of turns in (clockwise) of your preload adjusters. Turn the front adjusters gently- you'll feel it when they reach the end. Then turn the adjuster back where you started from. Do the same with the shock- measure sag, set the adjuster to 0, then back to your starting point.

At this point you are ready to make adjustments. I concur with setting both the front and rear sag to 40mm as Greywolf suggested, at least as a starting point. Record your adjustments. Ride the bike for a bit and get used to how it feels. Make sure your tire pressures are set and recorded also- they are a critical component of suspension adjustment.

I'd play with tire pressure after setting the sag. Currently I have a Trailwing on the front and a Tourance EXP on the rear. For all street riding, I run 39psi in the front and 36psi in the back. The front has over 11K miles on it and looks like it has at least 5K more left in it. The rear has about 9K on it and has several K more miles on it if it doesn't get too much more square from the commuter miles. Rear has chicken stripes of about 3/4" or less on it.

Experiment and have fun!
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