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Suspension question...

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    Lifer
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    Suspension question...


    Ok,

    I went to Chuck's suspension clinic, even though my bike isn't adjustable.

    Everyone says the SV is too softly sprung. However, I weigh about 170lbs right now. Chuck had said the spring rate was just about right for me, perhaps a little on the stiff side.

    So here is my question. Today I purposely didn't fill up the tank before going out on my lunchtime ride, even though I had like 150 miles on the trip meter. On the way back the light finally came on at about 175 miles. I stopped and filled it up, and the bike *really* seemed more stable with the full tank of gas.

    I stuck 3.2 gallons in, which is ~19.2lbs by my estimate. Would that be enough extra weight to make the bike feel a lot better?

    I have noticed this before, it's just I usually don't let the tank get so empty, and my weight is the lowest right now that it has been since I bought the bike.

    Of course, I am quite happy that I got 180 miles out of 3.2 gallons. Either my windscreen made a difference, or my riding style has changed. I used to have the light come on at around 130 miles.

    Ben


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    Angry Gumball RandyO's Avatar
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    Suspension question...

    somethin in the air, I got 150 miles from a tank today, the most I'v got since I pipe & jetted it, normally only bout 120.

    I would say that the stock SV suspension is set up for a 175lb rider


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    Suspension question...

    randy-
    175 nekked, or 175 w/ full gear?
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    Angry Gumball RandyO's Avatar
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    Suspension question...

    I'd say 175 w gear = average 150lb rider + gear, don't make much difference to me cause I weigh in at 275 add gear = 300
    but I ain't bout to do suspension mods to my SV till the stock bits are worn/broke, stock might not be perfect, but it's adequate, and better than an old bike.

    when I do replace my rear shock, I'll prolly go with ohlins.

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