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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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I just got my new Tbird. I usually ride solo and the ride seems a little harsh. Before I start changing the preload (not sure what the dealer set it at), I thought I'd ask for recommendations. From what I understand, as a solo rider looking for a ride that is less harsh, I should set the preload at 1. Is that correct? And if my wife were to jump on, would that setting still give a softer ride (she does not like harsh rides over bumps). I don't ride hard, just easy cruising.
I'm 190 lbs and she's about 125.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 02:10 AM
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I have mine set at 2 for solo and usually leave them at that if my son hops on the back although I could go up to 3. I'am 103 kg and my son's about 30 odd kg. I found 1 too soft for me if you feed it the fat out of a corner, but I think you will find the shocks will jar on 1 anyway on a sharp bump. I will only use 5 with paniers loaded and a adult pillion,though the book say's anything other than solo (1) is 5? From memory.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 04:46 AM
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I understand the setting dilemma. I ran with position 3 with my wife on the pillion and grounded out the rear welded flange of the exhaust box under the engine/gearbox on a sharp corner. Too low a setting for a softer ride will allow the rear shocks to compress and risk grounding in some circumstances, not pleasant. Too high a setting will be noticeably harsh over bumps. I haven't settled on a solo position yet but it's unlikely to be 1 on our twisty Devon roads so it depends on both your load, the types of road you regularly use and whether you have just moved to cruisers from superbikes which will affect your corner entry speed until you know the cruiser limitations. I have come from a BMW with push button suspension selection for both load (preload of rear shock) and comfort/normal/sport damping so am finding things a bit primitive suspension-wise.
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I understand the setting dilemma. I ran with position 3 with my wife on the pillion and grounded out the rear welded flange of the exhaust box under the engine/gearbox on a sharp corner. Too low a setting for a softer ride will allow the rear shocks to compress and risk grounding in some circumstances, not pleasant. Too high a setting will be noticeably harsh over bumps. I haven't settled on a solo position yet but it's unlikely to be 1 on our twisty Devon roads so it depends on both your load, the types of road you regularly use and whether you have just moved to cruisers from superbikes which will affect your corner entry speed until you know the cruiser limitations. I have come from a BMW with push button suspension selection for both load (preload of rear shock) and comfort/normal/sport damping so am finding things a bit primitive suspension-wise.
And I am coming from a R1200RT so I feel your pain! It is a very different ride, but the kind I wanted.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 06:28 PM
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I weigh appx 195# and was bottoming out on 1 on bumpy roads riding solo; moved it to 3...and it is firm to say the least when hitting a man-size bump in the road. Maybe the 2 position would be a bit better. I've left it on this same setting when my wife rides as well, and it feels pretty smooth...she weighs...ahem, ummm, well...medium :-(
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 12:15 AM
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1. Dump the stock boingers and get Ikon aftermarkets. I'm around 200#, and I have the rears set at 3 for preload and 2 for rebound. They were at 2 + 2. but I bumped it up to account for luggage on a road trip and decided I liked the stiffer feel.

But, I'm coming from a BMW R1200C with Wilbers shocks, so I'm used a bike that barely moves when it hits something.
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