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I was messing with the rear suspension knob on my 650 (it just begs to be messed with) and lost count of turns. I kind of thought there would be a hard stop but it just kept on turning. How do I set it back to stock? Thanks
 
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You can easily return to baseline. Your owners manual will explain the process and have a diagram of the shock to guide you. The stock setting will also be listed in the manual. Just peer through the frame and look at the number of preload setting marks visible above the spring. Then turn the adjuster to either compress or release the shock until you reach the stock mark shown in the manual.
 

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If you have your owners manual it's in there about rear and front shock setting, if not let us know and we can explain it in detail.

Ithink you will find the knob does finally come to a stop, mine does anyway but it takes alot of turns before it get's to it's max setting.
My personal preference is set to max stiffness [that does'nt sound very nice does it :twisted: ] but I'm 105 kg so I suppose it would need to be, corner,s best at that for me :wink:
 

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Aussie Stromer 1039 said:
My personal preference is set to max stiffness [that does'nt sound very nice does it :twisted: ] but I'm 105 kg so I suppose it would need to be, corner,s best at that for me :wink:
Doesn't the rear suspension feel too stiff when going over bumps with it loaded up all the way?
 

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Corpsie said:
Aussie Stromer 1039 said:
My personal preference is set to max stiffness [that does'nt sound very nice does it :twisted: ] but I'm 105 kg so I suppose it would need to be, corner,s best at that for me :wink:
Doesn't the rear suspension feel too stiff when going over bumps with it loaded up all the way?
No feels fine,I was surprised at that myself given that setting should be for 2 up + gear, but I just kept cranking it up and it handled better the stiffer the shock was, dont know why, just is
 

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It is because you are not stiffening the shock, but adjusting the preload to move the shock travel into the appropriate point for ones weight. The spring rate doesn't change but the amount of travel available does.

The bike is designed with about a 160 pound rider in mind so if one weighs more and fails to adjust the preload to their weight you have used up a significant portion of the shocks travel by just sitting on the bike which is then not available to use on the road. And even then the spring rate is really too light for most riders in the 200 pound or more range.

This is the case for both ends of the bike, a rider that wants the best the bike can do for both comfort and handling is well served by at least upgrading the springs on both ends or even better by replacing the shock and the fork springs with better products designed with the riders weight and riding style in mind.

Properly adjusted brings the suspension into the original design specifications and the bike will handle better. Preload too little in the rear, the bike squats and can end up with a nose high attitude slowing the steering for one example.
 
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