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Hi i have a 1997 1200 sport with the piggy back shocks on the back.It rides extremely hard and i cant get it to soften up.Other than the adjustment on the piggy back part is there any other adjustments on the shocks.Thanks any help will be apprecated
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Have you tried adjusting the spring preload?

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How much do you weigh? If you're 140 lbs or less, the springs could be too stiff for you. Contact Whittlebeast, he has a pair and can tell you how to adjust them. Did you just buy the bike? Are your sure what suspension components you actually have. Stiff forks, overtightened belt, over inflated tires and other things can also contribute to a stiff ride.
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Air pressure can sure make em ride hard check the air pressure, some people run em above 30 psi front and 40 psi rear.
I like 28 psi front and 38 psi rear.
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welcome to the forum, can't help much other than to say if you are under 150lb, drink more beer to help increase your weight so that the ride is more comfy. good luck.
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What do you weigh?

There are two adjusters on each shock. Are they spun in the direction of S (soft) top and bottom. The length of the shock with you sitting on the bike should be right at 12" C to C. This is adjusted with the large ring on the bottom.

If the bike is still riding hard and you weigh anything under 200, something is broke.

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did not realize there was a adjustment on the bottom just adjusted from top being to light is not a problem here im 255
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At 255 you are too heavy for the suspension. Assuming it is stock. You can ride it, but it will never handle correctly. The next question becomes how much money and effort do you want to put in it to make it great?
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