I've been lurking on this thread and other suspension mod threads for a few days. I'll call myself a noob as I haven't ridden in 32 years but have recently picked up an '08 Versys. As luck would have it, my back went out on me the day after I got it, (nothing to do with the bike).
After a month, the back felt a lot better so I took it for a 40 mile spin yesterday. I hadn't done any suspension adjustments (stock) but did notice the rear spring setting was 2 clicks up from the softest. I rode probably 15 of those miles on a very rough back roads and it felt like a %$#@ing hard tail. I do think my back is still sensitive but jeez louise
In talking to buds with other bikes (FJR 1300, Aprilia Tuono) they say their bikes are comfy on the bumpy crap. Another with a Ducati Streetfighter suffers on the bumps.
When I got home I put it on the softest spring and dampening settings and will try riding again when my back recovers. Hopefully it'll be smooth as a baby's_____ but I'm skeptical based on what I've read here.
I would be willing to do some mods if necessary. Is the consensus that the rear shock/spring set up is too hard on the versys? I weigh 160 -165 lbs. depending on eating habits
. The Racetech site says the stock spring rate on the versys is 16.7kg and when I type in my weight on their calculator, they recommend 16.9. I don't get it.
I've heard folks say the R1 shock and/or the speedy lowering kit improves the ride but haven't heard specifics in just HOW it improves. Over bumps? hard carving?
Is anybody happy with their rear suspension mod in smoothing out the bumps? On a scale of 1-10 how much improvement are we talking about here?
Racetech has a variety of springs available for the V, why not just re-spring with one of theirs and save the trouble of fitting an R1 shock?
Thanks for humoring me on this coming in late in the conversation and all.