Ad­just rear sus­pen­sion

Pre­pare to fine-tune your shock

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Work out what preload you need

Find out the shock’s to­tal travel then aim to set your rear preload so the bike’s weight com­presses it by about one fifth with­out a rider.

Ad­just preload

Loosen the top ring clear of the lower ad­juster ring. Us­ing a C-span­ner, turn the ring clock­wise to add preload, an­ti­clock­wise to de­crease it.

Keep track

Count the num­ber of times you turn the ad­juster ring, or mea­sure the ex­posed thread show­ing when the lock­ing nut is back in place to track your changes.

Set damp­ing

With preload set, now you can fine-tune your damp­ing rates. Too much will give a harsh ride while too lit­tle will let the spring con­trol the move­ment and will feel too fast.

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