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    Rear suspension height
    on: January 10, 2022, 11:32:09 pm
    January 10, 2022, 11:32:09 pm
    Hi everyone , bought 2016 model as my poor hands were numb riding my Buell Ullysses what a relieve thought my touring days were over this thing is so smooth seat, bars, pegs and mirrors work.
    The only complaint is the soft rear suspension after doing major check over ready for this year I found Lust lowering plates on the rear I suspect they're the cause of the soft rear end + near impossible to get it on the Centre stand,the propstand being shortened and front forks higher in top yoke.
    So i'm looking for a set of used standard plates or the hole dimensions to make a set in our workshop much appreciate any help .
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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 09:14:39 am
    January 11, 2022, 09:14:39 am
     :400: Welcome to the forum, Mick. Have you tried dialling up the preload?
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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #2 on: January 11, 2022, 06:13:35 pm
    January 11, 2022, 06:13:35 pm
    Screwed in to the limit it's still low and to soft.
    The shock looks good , I've read another article on here about soft suspension when lowered so hoping mines the same, need proper rear plates or hole measurements to put it standard again.
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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #3 on: January 11, 2022, 07:49:07 pm
    January 11, 2022, 07:49:07 pm
    *Originally Posted by mickgrim [+]
    Screwed in to the limit it's still low and to soft.
    The shock looks good , I've read another article on here about soft suspension when lowered so hoping mines the same, need proper rear plates or hole measurements to put it standard again.

    Depending on where and how you ride, you may find the standard setup too soft. Most of us do.

    I can cope with it cos I spend most of my Crossrunner time on the A1 commuting but if you do take it round the twisties at all, you may want to consider upgrading the rear shock.
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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #4 on: January 12, 2022, 09:09:40 am
    January 12, 2022, 09:09:40 am
    I'm 5'9 & 180kg tour on the cr solo with gear so the bike was good out of the box appart from derestricting exhaust. I ride hard & never had a problem with stock suspension covering change in road conditions over distance from gravell, tight mountain corners, freeway & just plain crappy pot holed country tar road. Rolling back the stock bars for comfortable pull back & the lust lowering links were the big changes for me. No wrist cramp, lowered the centre of gravity & shortened the wheel base for cornering. With the stock Showa suspension adjusted to suit & I'm good. Not the slightest bit interested in "so called" upgrading.
    Btw.. never had a center stand on a bike only use paddock stands, the lowering links made a slight difference to side stand but no probs here neither, just dont park stand facing uphill & the little extra length helps when parkin on grass & soft dirt. HTH.
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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #5 on: January 12, 2022, 10:34:12 am
    January 12, 2022, 10:34:12 am
    *Originally Posted by Haddo [+]
    I'm 5'9 & 180kg tour on the cr solo with gear so the bike was good out of the box appart from derestricting exhaust. I ride hard & never had a problem with stock suspension covering change in road conditions over distance from gravell, tight mountain corners, freeway & just plain crappy pot holed country tar road. Rolling back the stock bars for comfortable pull back & the lust lowering links were the big changes for me. No wrist cramp, lowered the centre of gravity & shortened the wheel base for cornering. With the stock Showa suspension adjusted to suit & I'm good. Not the slightest bit interested in "so called" upgrading.
    Btw.. never had a center stand on a bike only use paddock stands, the lowering links made a slight difference to side stand but no probs here neither, just dont park stand facing uphill & the little extra length helps when parkin on grass & soft dirt. HTH.
    ..cornering hard I shift weight forward over tank & ..."removed stupid sliders!!! from under foot pegs".

    Suspension is such a personal thing. There are lots of factors involved; it's hard enough setting up suspension for a single rider on a single, simple & short race track so imagine how difficult it must be to get a good suspension setup for all of us on all the roads we all ride.

    I have not changed the suspension on my Crossie as I only use it for commuting up the A1 - it's good enough. I spent a large wad of cash "upgrading" the suspension on my VFR1200F and it transformed the handling.

    YMMV.
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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #6 on: January 12, 2022, 10:36:00 am
    January 12, 2022, 10:36:00 am
    BTW, I have an adjustable sidestand on my Crossie. The PO had lowered the suspension by rotating the lower rear shock mount. I have returned it to normal but despite the sidestand being wound out to it's longest setting, it's still a little too short for my liking.

    If anyone wishes to swap it for their OEM sidestand, I'm open to discussion.  :001:

    Last Edit: January 12, 2022, 10:37:34 am by Skids
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    14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
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    01 VFR800 Fi-1 - 0 miles (yet)

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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #7 on: January 13, 2022, 12:25:55 am
    January 13, 2022, 12:25:55 am
    Edit on typo in my previous post 80kg not 180kg. :138:

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    Re: Rear suspension height
    Reply #8 on: January 13, 2022, 08:57:02 am
    January 13, 2022, 08:57:02 am
    *Originally Posted by Haddo [+]
    Edit on typo in my previous post 80kg not 180kg. :138:

    We didn't judge......honest.  :008:
    98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles, 08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles, 15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (all sold)
    14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
    18 VFR800X - 16,000 miles
    01 VFR800 Fi-1 - 0 miles (yet)

     



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