Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Drumbo, Ontario, Canada
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
I tried increasing the preload and damping and found it offered a stiff, harsh, uncomfortable ride. Then I measured the sag, or lack there of, and adjusted the preload to achieve the desired 1/3rd. I'm ~195 plus full gear, a tank bag and top box. In the front I ended up with 1 turn of preload from fully out. I could probably get away with no preload at all as I have yet to bottom out the forks. Rebound damping was also reduced to very little, but I don't currently know to what. Enough that it doesn't bounce, but not so much that it can't absorb multiple hits. The rear suspension settings are similar. Lowest spring preload and only a couple clicks of rebound damping.
The end result is a suspension that does what it is supposed to do. It absorbs the bumps and vibrations of daily riding without transferring them to me. As a result, I've been able to increase tire pressures for crisper handling, improved fuel mileage and reduced tire wear, while being able to ride for hours without stress. Yes, the bike moves around more, but i don't mind. It feels secure as it deals with the imperfections of the poorly maintained road surfaces I ride on. I know that the bike is going to dive under hard braking and squat with hard acceleration, so I'm ready when it does.
I don't know where the factory suspension settings came from, but if I'd wanted an uncomfortable sport bike, I would have bought one. I bought the Versys in part because of the comfort it could offer, in addition to all its other features.
2011 V650 in Black, well accessorized.