Rear Shock Air Pressure


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Rear Shock Air Pressure

Postby Sprice » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:51 am



I was reading the owners manual for my 1998 GL1500SE and was curious about the max air pressure. The air pressure range is 0-57 psi, my question is, is the max pressure with or without rider/passenger? Thanks in advance for any assistance.



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Re: Rear Shock Air Pressure

Postby Michael Faircloth » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:03 am

The pressure is with the bike on the center stand... no rider. If you are running a car tire on the rear, you will need about 50 psi to keep from rubbing on the tire... otherwise just pump it up until you have a comfortable ride.
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Re: Rear Shock Air Pressure

Postby Sprice » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:05 am

Thanks, Michael. Really appreciated.

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Re: Rear Shock Air Pressure

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:07 am

I am also curious about this. Is this the range to be used while it's sitting on the center stand or while parked on the sidestand?
If I pump it up to oh, say 50 lbs. while on the center stand, then later it shows something like 65 lbs. while on the sidestand, do I need to drop It back down to 55-57 lbs?
Will temperature changes have an effect on air shock pressure like in a tire? Or is volume so small it makes no difference, or a big difference?
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Re: Rear Shock Air Pressure

Postby hugger-4641 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:32 am

Proper way is to set pressure on the center stand, disregard what it says after you bring it off the stand. If I set mine at 50 on the stand, it will be 70 to 80 on the ground with me and a rider on it.

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Re: Rear Shock Air Pressure

Postby OldZX11Rider » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:51 am

Okay. I set it once while on the center stand then later checked it on the ground. Seemed kind of high so I let some air out.
It really had a nice, smooth, soft ride. Like what you'd want for interstate droning. Next time I had it on the center stand, I checked and only had thirty-something lbs. of air in it.
The next time I rode with my wife, we scraped something coming off our dirt road on to the pavement. :lol:

Live & learn. :D
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Re: Rear Shock Air Pressure

Postby hugger-4641 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:19 am

I hear you. We seem to have some construction crews around here that need to learn how to build a bridge apron. If I set my pressure too low I get my teeth rattled on some them.




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