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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Front rebound/dampening adjustment.

I was reading information about adjusting front suspension and it talked about setting a combined system like the Versys so that when you pushed down on the front it didn't bounce up and down, but basically stopped.
I had mine set on the normal as delivered setting and it bounced up and down a treat.
I then tightened it down till it would bounce back up and stop. This resulted in the dampening /rebound screw being only three quarters of a turn out.
The bike was much more planted on the pavement and better on the dirt roads.
I was pleasantly surprised.
You might like to try it. It was definitely better than the factory setting.
I would be interested to hear of anyone elses experiences.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 09:45 AM
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I turned mine 2 turns out from stock, and did not like it, too bouncey and jerky. So, then I turned it 2 turns in from stock, and liked it. It handles rough pavement better.
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Required rebound damping depends a lot on how much spring preload you're at. Last year with front preload at maximum which was barely enough to prevent bottoming out on most sharp humps, rebound damping was ok at 1/2 turn out, but still jittery on impacts with the 10W fork oil... It now feels excellent with thicker Motul semi-synthetic 15W fork oil which also increased compression damping, with preload at 3 turns out from max and rebound damping at 7/8 turn out. I'm 190 lbs, with no extra load.
Oh and it's just a rebound damping (not dampening) adjustment screw on the right forg leg only, which has no effect on compression damping...

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The springload thought makes sence. I weigh in on the light side at 150 pound and therefore my settings for the correct sag are on the softer side. Maybe that's why it works for me but not for normal weight guys.
I haven't changed the fork oil and the forks handle uneven and corrogated corners well, even when the bikes cranked right over.
A friend rode my Versys, his ride is a new model Triumph Tiger, asked me had I modified the suspension because it felt better than his bike.
I have used Gold Valves and progressive springs on other bikes I have owned and yet have felt no strong reason to do so on this bike. The press may describe it as a "budget" set up but the front end works for me.
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What size socket head do you need to adjust the preloads on the front?

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19mm.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2009, 01:12 AM
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19 mm, or 3/4" (19.05 mm).
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