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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-25-2012, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Another ride today

Beautiful weather here today so I decided to take the 900 out for a ride. Only complaints are:

1. Seat. I gotta get something more comfortable for those longer rides. The stock seat on my Vulcan Classic makes my old 4th point of contact sore after riding for awhile. Any recommendations? How is the Kawasaki gel seat for comfort?

2. Vibrations. Bike really vibrates when accelerating to around 60mph+. I checked the air in my tires yesterday, and they were 28 and 28 psi back and front according to what my owners manual recommends. I am a big fellow so Im thinking I should add more air to the rear tire. Also, would adusting the rear monoshock up a couple clicks or whatever to 6 or 7 work for smoothing out the ride?

Again thanks to all.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 06:37 PM
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I run the suggested tire presure recommended by the tire manufacturer ... its on the sidewall, kawasaki says lower settings on as it offers a more softer ride.

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+1 on the tire manufactures recommendation! (or at least a happy middle ground)

28 psi may smooth out the ride but it will accelerate the tire wear significantly! I run 40 in the rear and 36 up front.

I have the Kawasaki gel seat and I don't really like it.
However; the passenger pad is quite a bit wider, and the wife loves it compared to the stock seat.

You should definately play around with the pre-set on the shock.


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Okay got out the owners manual yesterday. 28 PSI for rear tire pressure for loads up to 215 lbs. 32 psi for loads 215 - 397 which is where I fall into. Put a little more air into the rear tire from 28 up to 32 psi. Went for a ride again this morning. Not too bad. One of the good soldiers I work with also recommended not "white knuckling" the grips while riding also. I have not checked the information on the side of the tire, will do that. This morning's ride was a nice one.
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I've run cycle tires for many yrs and have found out, just like the rest here that the tire needs to be held in shape under load. The tire will suffer cupping when soft and also be loose on the contact patch. With this in mind, the tire has on it a MAX tire pressure and load of 40 psi etc. We run 38/40 rear and 36/38 front. We get a decent tire life and a much better feel of road especially when cutting up the corners. It is dangerous to ride a wrinkle in a corner so boost the pressure up even more and keep it there !

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-01-2012, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow then I will check the sidewall on the tires for max psi from the manufacturer, and inflate as needed. Thank you all for your help. I appreciate it.
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Checked my tire pressure earlier today before I struck out on my saturday afternoon ride. Max pressure was 41 psi, so I went 38 in the rear tire and 36 in the front. Ride was good. Real good. Very windy conditions this afternoon here. I think a storm is a blowin' in.

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at 28/28 you were too low, 32 rear is still too low, you're now at 36F/38R which is better, don't go below 38R, I use 38F/40R
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if you are going to upgrade your seat, go with a Mustang.
Best aftermarket seat available for the Vulcan.

A little pricey but WELL worth every penny...

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I don't know where Kawi comes up with there tire pressure numbers , I once tried there specs 28 R/F and I wasn't out long before I came home and went back to 38R / 36F .

Kaw's spec's made for a vary mushy , borderline dangerous ride IMO.

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