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Old 8th March 2009
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Hey guys....was wondering how yours rides with the preload set to max load for riding 2 up. Do you bottem out at all? Do you set yours all the way to 5?

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I'm not sure what this will tell you. It depends on the weight of the riders, the kind of roads you ride on, the way you ride, …
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just seeing what everyone sets there's at. and how they ride on the settings.
i know the bumppy roads suck...and i will more than lickley bottem out.

how much does setting the preload to max help you guys?
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Like Folkie said it matters more what weight you are carrying at the time and the style of riding and the smoothness of the road. I am about 240lb ready to ride and the other half is about the same and I set my 2005 1200c to position 4 for me and 5 for 2 up. It still bottomed out so I changed to 12" Progressive 412 heavy duty. I now ride on position 2 and 4 for 2 up and am very happy with the ride, So much so that I now have replaced the fork springs with the Progressive ones.
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i weigh 165 and the wife weighs about 150. Should i be ok with the stock shocks? or should i look into the progressive set
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i weigh 165 and the wife weighs about 150. Should i be ok with the stock shocks? or should i look into the progressive set
Its only you who can make that decision. Read the manual or search here how to set the rider sag. How does it ride now. Almost any shock will bottom out if the bump is severe enough. You just want to adjust them for a comfortable and safe ride.
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