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Post My suspension setup on 2015 650LT - FYI

I have a new 2015 Versys 650LT with about 500 miles on it now. I have adjusted the suspension over several rides on my favorite spirited canyon carving road and here is where I ended up. This is just a reference - your mileage may vary.

Specs w/ solo rider:
Solo rider: 202 lbs. with hard cases (empty), tank bag and tail bag
Read sag: 4 clicks from softest gives me 1.5 inches sag
Front preload (left fork): 2.75 turns out from softest setting, gives me 1.5 inches of sag and push down test of "zip tie at half travel" with cold fork oil; after spirited ride, zip tie is at 3/4 full fork travel
Front tension (right fork): 2 turns out for softest feels good

Specs w/ 2 riders:
Solo rider: 202 lbs. with hard cases (empty), tank bag and tail bag
Passenger rider: 140 lbs.
Read sag: 16 clicks from softest gives me 1.5 inches sag
All front fork settings I have left as is for now. No detriment felt in handling of bike.

Rear sag adjuster estimate: Based on my solo and 2-up rider settings, I think the stock rear shock set in the softest setting would hold ~150lbs. Then, every click toward the "hard" setting is equal to about 15lbs. I'm 210 and using 4 clicks from softest and with my 2-up, we are 350 lbs. total using 16 clicks from softest.

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1) Front Sag with Solo Rider (1.5 inches of travel)
2) Front Sag with Full Push Down Test (1/2 fork travel)
3) Front Sag after Spirited Ride (3/4 fork travel)
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File Type: jpg Front Sag with Solo Rider.JPG (110.5 KB, 417 views)
File Type: jpg Front Sag with Full Push Down Test.JPG (95.5 KB, 425 views)
File Type: jpg Front Sag after Spirited Ride.JPG (114.0 KB, 390 views)

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I was messing with mine last week, ended up cranking everything almost up to the max, a little less tension. If I have to stop I really have to stop, are you finding too much nose dive when riding just your self?

I'm probably going about the whole thing wrong. I don't care about bumps or comfort, just keeping my ass off the road and maximizing braking power. Any suggestions?
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I did one semi-aggressive brake test and the zip tie didn't exceed the 3/4 mark. I wanted to make sure the forks wouldn't bottom out.

Depending on your weight, I would assume your setup is way too stiff. My understanding is that the accepted street riding norms are ~1.5 inches of rear and front sag. The tension is a personal setting.

My setup feels great and the bike handles like it is on rails. My riding style is fairly conservative with me going about 40-50mph in a posted 30mph turn if that helps.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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