PRELOAD SETTING?


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PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by FAT MAN 65 » Tue May 01, 2018 9:03 pm



Hi everyone. I haven't messed with my preload button. A friend said Honda recommends setting on "0". Mine has been on around 12 to 15. He keeps his on 5. What is the best setting?Thanks.



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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by DaveO430 » Tue May 01, 2018 9:10 pm

Depends on the load. With the stock spring unless you are a stick person & ride on glass smooth roads 0 is way too soft.

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by FAT MAN 65 » Tue May 01, 2018 9:26 pm

Just myself,6',2" 260lbs. MAYBE 5 to 10? Country blacktop roads,some interstate,some state roads.

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by tfdeputydawg » Wed May 02, 2018 1:30 am

1. Make sure the pump is full
2. Set it on 25 and leave it there!

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by themainviking » Wed May 02, 2018 6:00 am

I weigh right on 195, and I like to ride the tight twisties any chance I get, so I also put it on 25 and pretty much leave it there. Less scraping of pegs in those twisties, although I still do scrape.
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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by FAT MAN 65 » Wed May 02, 2018 7:05 am

OK. Thanks fellows for the input.

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by tfdeputydawg » Wed May 02, 2018 8:30 am

FAT MAN 65 wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 9:03 pm
A friend said Honda recommends setting on "0".
Ask your friend why Honda would include a preload adjustment if they "recommend" 0

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by FAT MAN 65 » Wed May 02, 2018 11:25 am

HA! YEA,THAT'S RIGHT AND FUNNY.

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Sat May 12, 2018 6:44 pm

I weight 160 and always keep mine at 0 riding solo.. U pump it up for an extra passenger and cargo.

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by FAT MAN 65 » Sat May 12, 2018 8:25 pm

Thanks for the reply.

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by C-dub » Sun May 20, 2018 9:27 pm

I'm 195-205 and like it on zero. I have my stock shield all the way up and I'm 6' tall. With the preload on zero I like the angle the bike is at and my view through the shield. The ride is a little soft sometimes, but most of the time it is fine for me.

I set it at 10 when my daughter rides with me and 25 for my wife. If I forget to put it back to zero after either of them it doesn't take long for me to figure out the angles are wrong. It's not much, but what little the rear is raised does change my view through the shield. It's not an uncomfortable ride for me on any setting when I'm riding solo. It's all about the angels for me.

I'm still contemplating an F4 Customs +4. If I do that then maybe I'll just put it at 25 and leave it there. A friend of mine is maybe 20 pound lighter than me and he's put his on 25 and leaves it there all the time, solo or two up.

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Re: PRELOAD SETTING?

Post by FAT MAN 65 » Sun May 20, 2018 9:36 pm

Thanks C-dub. Good information. I moved mine down to 5. Seems to be better for me.Thanks again.



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