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Need help on suspension settings

I just switched from a 06 KLR to a 09 Versys.

Brief synopsis:
I plan on riding 100% road.
I'm 6'2" @ 235 lbs.
Not interested in breaking the sound barrier.
Love riding the twisty country roads.

My Question:
if anybody out there is close to my frame size,
would you be so kind as to share your
front and back suspension settings?

I have read Gustavo's thread on the subject.
very well done!
However i do not have anyone to help me go thru
the exercise of setting it myself.

Any and all help will be very much appreciated...
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-13-2009, 01:50 PM
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Try 'lightening-up' your rear spring preload first.
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It was set on 3 when i got it.
I'll try Setting it back to 2.

Thanks.
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Download your service manual if you have not. See
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=2846

In the service manual (how to adjust suspension)

Front fork - page 13-9
Rear suspension - page 13-20

Gustavo thread is excellent. Started off with using his setting/guidance and then played around to see what i liked. Check your sag measurement.

Hope it helps.
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I'll check that out,
it's gonna be a cold weekend here.
So i'm gonna play.
also doin some painting.
lower splash guards, and the back of the wind screen
before i flip it upside down.

Thanks for the direction...
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so a question for any/everyone... where abouts are you finding the sweet spots on your V's suspension...
I asked before and the answeer I got is... "everyones is different, don't base yours off of theirs..." which is true, and I agree, but I'd still like to know where about's the other riders are finding those sweet spots...
so where? whats your weight? luggage? and do you like it setup "soft" or "hard?"


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Ok Iím dense...I looked at the service manual 13-9 and 13-20 about suspension. The default suspension settings on the bike are for a rider at 150 lbs.

So with those default settings how would you adjust to a rider at lets say 250 lbs....and a rider who is 250 and a passenger who is letís say 200?

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IMHO, the stock setup is for someone about 250lbs...I'm a svelte 215 and it damned near took out all my fillings out on the first little bump I hit. So I dumped the rear shock to its softest setting and the front preload out one full turn and the rebound 2 1/2 turns..Now, for me at least, it rides sweeeet...

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good one on the fillings...

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IMHO, the stock setup is for someone about 250lbs...I'm a svelte 215 and it damned near took out all my fillings out on the first little bump I hit. So I dumped the rear shock to its softest setting and the front preload out one full turn and the rebound 2 1/2 turns..Now, for me at least, it rides sweeeet...

i feel your pain, and totally agree...
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I agree too

I agree too. I weigh 175, and after my firrst ride, I immediately took all the preload out of the rear spring.

I haven't had time to play with the front suspension yet. So I'm careful to just ride around the potholes until I do.
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