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Factory suspension set-up?

I'm curious, and in the interests of my ongoing tinkering with suspension, what are the stock settings front and rear for the V? I have the Mk1 version and bought it used, so I expect that the former owner changed the settings.
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The stock settings are indicated in the owners manual if I remember correctly.

If you do not have the owners manual do a search here on the forum.


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I suggest search this forum. ".. suspension settings..."
YouŽll find http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...read.php?t=705 and more threads ...
Good luck!
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Ya, that was just a lazy moment, got manual right here... or maybe just wanting to hear how others have dealt with what is already a beaten to death horse of a thread found elsewhere here too.
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Allow me to ask another question; has anybody here been quite happy with the suspension settings the way that bike came new? I expect not, but if so what would be your riding weight with normal gear on? What type of riding?

Just curious, I have adjusted my settings many times and still searching for perfection (which may result in replacement rear shock $$$). Need new front tire first, that alone will change handling considerably.
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Also look up threads on the Yamaha R1 shock. GREAT piece!

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Yes Gus, I read your set up thread and followed it up with adjustments last summer, but I'm still not happy with my settings. As I mentioned, I think that replacing my worn front tire is part of the solution, but I also think that only a rear shock replacement will make me happy. We'll see what the tire change does first, I always find that changes handling in a very positive manner!

R1 shock will have to wait in line!
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Smily, how much do you weigh?

I find the 5th notch for rear spring to be way too stiff for my comfort. The bike has zero sag with no rider on it. I usually go for #2 from softest or #3 for more sporty riding. Its more where the bike sets in the suspension than how "stiff" the shock is. Rear damping is around 5 to 7 clicks from all the way in depending on what I am doing. Once I get it close, one click makes a difference for me.
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Sorry for late reply, work you know..anyway I weigh about 185, probably 200 with all my cold weather gear on. Presently rear set at #2 preload, with 5 clicks from softest damping, so about same as your settings.
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I'm curious, and in the interests of my ongoing tinkering with suspension, what are the stock settings front and rear for the V? I have the Mk1 version and bought it used, so I expect that the former owner changed the settings.
I would suggest downloading the service manual from the tech section of this site. The link is in a sticking thread at the top of the tech section. The manual has the recommend "stock" settings in it.
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