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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Talking New versys owner with lots of question for you old-timers...

Hey! '09 Versys, green, just bought it in North Carolina. Loving this bike - last was a Suzuki SV650S, and I wanted something that was similarly light and fun but with fewer visits to the chiropractor after multiple-hour rides

My biggest problem right now is that I'm just not very mechanical. I'm trying to adjust my suspension (I'm 180lbs, and the stock settings [imho] feel high and floaty, like I'm sitting on top of, and not in, the saddle... if that makes sense). After a while I figured out the rear... first I set the H/S spinner thing to full Soft, which really helped for a smoother ride. Next, I increased the preload by a couple of clicks on the rear (it literally took me like an hour just to figure out how to do that... because so much force/that extender bar is required, I was pretty sure I was just going to break something if I used the adjuster tool in the obvious way).

Now the front feels a little high, and cornering is not as easy as it was (I think). But I have *no idea* how to adjust the front. I've seen lots of posts about how many turns this or that way to adjust things... but I can't find anything about what you turn, what tool you turn it with, etc! I tried fitting the OEM tools, but none of them seemed to match anything on the front forks.

Could somebody help me out?

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+10 and just take your time to understand how the suspension works. Take it easy and sure you can do it.

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Thanks for the link guys but I've already read through that... the technique seems great, but it doesn't specify how to adjust the front suspension.

I should be more clear: The general idea of how suspension works isn't what I'm after, but rather physically how to adjust the front suspension of the Versys. I'm guessing I could use a flathead screwdriver to adjust the rebound damper, but what about the preload? I see two hexes on top of each fork... do you just buy a socket that fits one of them (the smaller, top one I'm guessing?).
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Remember also, that when you softened the rear suspension, it means the bike is riding with the front higher relative to the rear, this slows turn in... When you lower the front it sharpens corner turn in...
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... do you just buy a socket that fits one of them (the smaller, top one I'm guessing?).
Quick answer is yes, those are the preload adjusters (one on top of each tube). Turn them all the way in to begin (clockwise), then turn them out equally until you have the sag set correctly for your weight. There is a thread on suspension tuning which you can locate with a search.
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