Rear Suspension Baseline - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Service and Maintenance Questions and Discussions Share your service and maintenance information-questions. Please include your year and model in the text of your post.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 11-02-2005, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Oxnard, CA
Posts: 18
Rear Suspension Baseline

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
WHOFH is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 11-02-2005, 11:01 PM
mdube
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Rear Suspension Baseline

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.
post #3 of 7 Old 11-03-2005, 12:29 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Australia Tasmania
Posts: 232
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:

Suzuki 1982 GSX e400, my first
Kwaka 1982 Z 750 terrible bike
Yamy 1980 XJ 650 great bike
Suzi 1980 GS 450 got me around
Suzi 2002 GS 500 a real let down
Suzi 2004 DL 650 now this is a bike
Aussie Stromer 1039 is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 Old 11-03-2005, 10:57 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: L-town, MI
Posts: 137
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie Stromer 1039
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?

I got my Wee-strom (first motorcyle, first motorcycle I've ever been on period) and scared the snot out of myself.
Corpsie is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 11-03-2005, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Oxnard, CA
Posts: 18
Thanks
WHOFH is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 11-04-2005, 07:47 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Australia Tasmania
Posts: 232
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corpsie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie Stromer 1039
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

Suzuki 1982 GSX e400, my first
Kwaka 1982 Z 750 terrible bike
Yamy 1980 XJ 650 great bike
Suzi 1980 GS 450 got me around
Suzi 2002 GS 500 a real let down
Suzi 2004 DL 650 now this is a bike
Aussie Stromer 1039 is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 11-05-2005, 11:25 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: SW Washington State
Posts: 178
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.

"Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those."
Twain
BradM is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome