GW 1500 Air suspension proper use


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GW 1500 Air suspension proper use

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Hello!
Question about how and when to properly use air suspension on the GW1500?
I'm very short person only 5' 7" and when I stop at intersections or light stops
I verily touch the ground with my feet; I feel safer when I deflated the air suspension system my boot is almost flat to in the ground.

Lowering the pressure between zero and 5 psi. will damaged anything or will have riding problems?

Thank you for your help.

Frank L.


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Re: GW 1500 Air suspension proper use

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I am a newbie to the Goldwing world but I have read here and other places that you don't need any air in the rear suspension.
Adding the air stiffens the rear if want a firmer ride or if you are carrying a passenger or a heavier load and prevents the bike from bottoming out.
I run little or no air in mine because like you I am vertically challenged. :D

As I said, I am new to these bikes so I could be wrong. I am sure others will probably confirm my understanding of how the air system works or set me straight if I am incorrect.
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If you don't bottom out going over bumps, you're fine. If you are, add a little air until you don't.
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From the owners manual:

"REAR SUSPENSION
The rear suspension of this motorcycle can provide the desired ride and level under various rider/cargo weights and riding conditions through adjustments of the air pressure. The usable air pressure range under normal conditions is:
0-400 kPa (0-4.0 kg/cm2, 0-57 psi)
Low air pressure settings provide a softer ride and are for light loads and smooth road conditions. High air pressure settings provide a firmer ride and are for heavy loads and rough road conditions.
"

Just remember, you should only adjust air pressure while on the center stand, not with weight on the rear tire.
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Thank you so much for the information, I was adjusting the air pressure with weight on it and with the wheels on the ground.
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One other reason for pumping some air into the shock is ground clearance, so add some air if you're scraping too much peg. I know I had to :lol:


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