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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-10-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Suspension Setting

Just curious where everyone has their T-Bird's rear suspension set (1-5)?

I rode my new purchase home from the dealership last weekend (210 miles) solo and it was set at 1, and through the hills and winding roads of SW/W Iowa it felt really nice. I have yet to have my bride ride with me, but on a whim I changed the setting to 3 and went for a 40 mile jaunt this evening and it felt far more stiff, almost uncomfortable. True, the bike is still very new to me and perhaps I just need to learn it more and maybe the bike needs to "break in" a bit, but 3 seemed quite a bit different than 1.

I'm 6' 1" and 250 lbs, my bride is 5' 11" and 170-ish, am I going to need to put it at 3, 4, or 5? I much prefer a smoother ride and if I can get by at 1-2 and not 4-5 to keep a smoother ride I'd like to. I know what the manual says, but I like to hear it from the experienced more so.

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I'm 5' 11", and I weigh roughly 205 lbs. I keep mine set on 3 for solo riding. I've found that on setting 1 there is too much rebound on uneven roads. Setting 3 keeps me from getting bounced off the seat, and I don't find it to be too stiff at all.
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I'll be interested to hear experiences on this as well. I picked mine up just a couple weeks ago and it's still on the usual "1." But since my daughter (85 lbs.) and my wife (130 lbs.) periodically ride with me, I'd like to have a setting that comfortably handles both my 190 lbs as well as the combined two-up poundage, which ranges from, what, 275 to 320...so from 190 to 275 to 320. But I'd like to just find a setting that works for all and just keep it there. I'm thinking maybe "2" would work...? Since most of my riding is solo, I don't want to go "3" and have it too stiff. I'm looking for a happy medium, I guess.

Or maybe what I want isn't feasible, and I just need to deal with it and hike up the shocks when I have a passenger.
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3 is not too stiff. Try it out. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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I've never even looked at what mine is set at. I've just ridden it the way it came... I'll have to check that out tomorrow.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?
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Solo I'm at 1 just as I bought it. I'm 6'3" 240 lbs and 1 is soft but not too soft. My wife is 130 lbs and 3 is perfect for both of us. I've event deliberately not turn it back down to 1 just to see and the ride is firm to stiff and is not for me. Back at one for the solo rides.


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I have to say the more I ride it the more I am warming up to the 3 setting for solo. Over the road I dont notice it at all, the ride is smooth. When I go over a dip or sizable depression in the road I notice more "launch" when it is on 1 and when on 3 I dont have to prepare myself so much for countering it, if you will.

I'm thinking 3 will be it, we'll see once I get my bride on the rear seat how it handles then. I'm guessing it will do just fine.

As with many things... Grandfather Time sorts it all out for us.

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I leave mine on 5 all the time. I prefer the stiffer ride.

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Why is it that no one uses 2?


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Why is it that no one uses 2?


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I do. 6'4" 220lbs. 99% solo riding, and it's quite comfy.

I am thinking of going to 3 to see how it feels.
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