Extremely soft. I suppose. Has never bottomed out... Very soon after acquiring the bike, my idea was to try settings 1 and 7 then choose my inbetween number. Happened to try 1 first...kept it.thanks.
WOW - that is on the extreme soft.
How different does it feel at that level?
Do you need to jack the bike up with rear wheel off ground to make the adjustment?
I weigh 165. Stock LT except for a solo seat. Removed the stock passenger backrest. That thing is heavy. Removed passenger foot rests. Nothing heavy in saddlebags, coat and gloves.Thanks Ray.
Is your total TARE weight 165lbs (including your, riding gear, saddlebags, etc)?
Yes, that is how I understand it works. Also, I did not note any change in handling.....going from 4 to 1. It probably sits lower now. Probably would be more likely to drag something in a corner....but I am old and do not plan to take any fast sharp corners. So not an issue for me.I had actually been wondering about this. Mine is still set at factory default position (4). I weigh about 85kg (190lb) and because I ride it to college, I regularly have up to 15kg of books and things on board. Bolt on gear maybe 5-10 kg. Totals about 110kg (240lb).
If I understand it correctly, stronger setting = less likely to bottom out, but a rougher ride?
I saved this from another post.Roughly how long does it take to adjust the pre-load settings? I've not tried to do this yet.
I suspect I would like to soften mine up a touch, but when I carry a passenger (which I only do occasionally) I would need to firm it up again. Is it a quick and easy process?
I'm the poster boy for the "Fat Biker" image at 6'2" and 50 lbs overweight (+ all the heavy leather gear I wear) so I went to position 6. By the way, you don't need to dismantle anything from the bike other than remove the plastic cover with the keyhole or skin your knuckles if you have the tools from the Kawi tool kit. I easily adjusted the shock with the 3-piece tool provided in the kit by sliding it just behind the coolant cover and above the belt. To be honest changing the shock pre-load didn't make a whole lot of difference to the ride and my riding buddies (most on HD big twins) still claim that I look like a dog screwing a football. Excuse my French...Calling all BIG guys!
What setting are you running?