Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Taranaki, New Zealand
We ride two up on a fully kitted beastie. The factory unit bottomed out, no matter how hard we had it wound up and worst still po-go'd up and down like a rocking horse. The factory unit is under dampened so it's a constant battle at the rear end to smooth things out and maintain grip. The factory unit is pure junk, ditch it, burn it, bury it, drown it, crush it or kill it, but don't put up with it. Change to an after market unit, you won't regret the change.
We purchased a second hand Ohlins unit complete with RAPS. We had it rebuilt for our bike set up and two up riding. The difference is light and day over the factory rubbish. The bike performs as it should have done from the factory. It is now firmly planted to the road, better feel, more stability and sticks to the road, no bottoming and also reduces rear tyre wear due to the improve constant road contact. We used to get 3-5 thou/Km, now 8 thou/km plus on a rear tyre, all two up riding too. The shock allows the bike to follow the road contours so removes the harshness the factory junk exposed us to. We also raised the rear of the bike 1" at static stance so when aboard the bike sits neutrally as opposed to having the rear hanging low like the factory junk did, thus giving slightly better clearance in cornering.
Dialling in the rear shock takes time, so ya do need to faff about with the dampening a bit to get things right. Knowing how to read tyres is helpful if you don't have access to a qualified suspension technician.
Changing out the factory junk is one of the best mods we've done, we haven't looked back and allows us to get the most out of the bike. Have fun, cheers Andrew
Enjoyin life out n about New Zealand, feet first, two up on our Vulcan two-point-O.