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Rear Preload for beginners. Can I just wing it?

Hey guys. tomorow morning I'm leaving on a weekend camping trip. and I've got plenty of stuff loaded onto the bike. I've never really messed with the preload settings on the bike, but at the moment it's sitting at the stock settings.

Is it stupid to just turn it about halfway to the end to try adjusting for all the weight added by the camping gear? Videos on youtube are all talking about jacking the bike up on a stand and taking measurements. I don't have any of that kinda gear.
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Hey guys. tomorow morning I'm leaving on a weekend camping trip. and I've got plenty of stuff loaded onto the bike. I've never really messed with the preload settings on the bike, but at the moment it's sitting at the stock settings.

Is it stupid to just turn it about halfway to the end to try adjusting for all the weight added by the camping gear? Videos on youtube are all talking about jacking the bike up on a stand and taking measurements. I don't have any of that kinda gear.
Are you single on your camping trip? if you are the factory setting should be able to handle the load otherwise adjust as you ride..
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^^^^^^^^^ agree

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One quick way to check and adjust if you have the bike in a garage. Put the bike at the back of the garage with the door closed. Put all your weight on the bike with the headlight on. Mark or remember where the cut off of the low beam light hits the garage door. Add your gear and repeat. Adjust your preload until the light is in the same place.

Or, you can wait until you bottom out the suspension and adjust accordingly.


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I wouldn't sweat it too much unless it starts feeling like it wants to run wide in corners, which is a sign the rear preload needs to be cranked up. If you do start playing with suspension settings, do it a little bit at a time, and note what the factory setting was and what you did and in what direction (I keep a note in my phone).

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Hey guys. thanks for all the advice! I'm leaving in about 5 minutes so I'll be able to test it out soon. I'm just gonna leave it at stock, and If I feel the rear end swinging out I'll adjust it by a few clicks. thanks so much!
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WRT rear preload I run with mine one notch below the default position, as i find default too firm,and rebound set to default. I am thinking about firming up my front suspension slightly.

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WRT rear preload I run with mine one notch below the default position, as i find default too firm,and rebound set to default. I am thinking about firming up my front suspension slightly.

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Preload is used to keep you loaded bikes suspension close to the middle of the stroke so that it can do its job of keeping the tires in contact with the road. I don't know what weight the default is set for, but if you are below that weight then you should be reducing preload. That is why there is a process for setting the static sag on a motorcycle.

Rebound is adjusted based on the type of road you are riding on. That is one thing I truly loved about the Triumph Trophy. The electronically adjusted suspension was amazing! You could set preload for rider, rider plus luggage, or rider plus passenger plus luggage. Then you had a few settings for damping and rebound from rough roads to twisties. It was truly amazing!

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As an update. I ran with the stock settings at it seemed ok. I am still using the stock tires which I can't stand, so I just ordered a rear PR3 tire and I will see if it helps at all as well.
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As an update. I ran with the stock settings at it seemed ok. I am still using the stock tires which I can't stand, so I just ordered a rear PR3 tire and I will see if it helps at all as well.
Thanks for the update. Have a safe trip.
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