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I only have 200 miles on the bike, it is a 2011 V. My last bike was a Vstrom and the suspension on that was plush. On the V I am finding that seems very stiff. Reading the owners manual it said it is set up for a 150 lb person I am 225 and there seems like very little movement and feel every bump. Will the suspension soften up or should I change the dampening?

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Thumbs up Change the preload

I softened up the preload. I weigh 212 and have the preload on the second from softest setting. Now no more jolts from the bumps in the highway. A lot more comfortable.
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The suspension will soften up but even with that, the issue I dislike is the skipping on top of washboard pavement in the 15-35 mph range. Your about the same weight as me. I have tried to get rid of it but can't. Other speeds and on smooth pavement no issues. I have ordered a rear Hyperpro spring and will install on arrival. I don't think the rear spring / suspension has within it's range of adjustment the ability to eliminate the skip on wash board characteristic.
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I only have 200 miles on the bike, it is a 2011 V. My last bike was a Vstrom and the suspension on that was plush. On the V I am finding that seems very stiff. Reading the owners manual it said it is set up for a 150 lb person I am 225 and there seems like very little movement and feel every bump. Will the suspension soften up or should I change the dampening?

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Thanks for the replies I guess I will wait till I get a few hundred miles on her to see if it softens a little then do all the adjustments. Great video Sprocket on doing the adjustment.

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The suspension will soften up after 400 miles or so. During break-in I started almost full-soft (front and rear) with minimal dampening (I'm 210lbs). I've adjusted settings (slightly firmer) a few times with good results. After 2000 miles I'm still in the medium to softer side of the available range. Not like the old days when most bikes were undersprung and underdamped.

From what I recall, most people find the owners manual recommendations too firm.

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You can also try to reduce tire pressure a bit.
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The forks have no compression damping external adjustment, only spring preload and rebound damping. The simple method to soften compression damping is to change fork oil from stock 10 wt to either 7.5 or 5.0 and then to reduce fork oil volume. The stock fork spring is close to being OK for my weight of 205 lbs.

The shock is bigger problem for me. I run spring at full soft and with no compression damping adjustment the rear is too harsh. One option is to go with softer shock spring as some owners have done. This may help but will not cure the compression damping harshness.

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