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Old 03-18-2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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I had my suspension setup a couple of weeks ago at Motorcycles Unlimited and rode it home.
My bike was designed to 1) be a compromise between a cruiser and a sport bike and 2) be a lower-end bike so they used cheaper components. So they did what they could with the bike.

With the weather and work, etc., last night was the first time I finally got to get out and give it a work out.

WOW - what a difference!

I now actually trust that my bike will go where I tell it to go. It feels nimble and light. Yeah, I know that sounds silly at almost 500lbs - but compared to what I had before its true. It was like the difference between a Town Car and a Toyota Corolla.

Since we took the slack I feel every bump in the road - not so good for the 80 miles of commuting (only 1-2 days a week at this point but still).
It also seems more prone to skidding under very hard stopping. This makes sense to me since the energy that was going into compressing the fork is now transmitted to the tire but maybe I am just imagining things?

Overall I like it. Questions (other than those above):
1) Can the suspension take being adjusted frequently? e.g. can I adjust between "commute" settings and will aggressive settings without causing long term problems?

2) Can I just adjust the rear or do they need to be done together? (I was thinking to just soften up the rear a bit to take some of the road bumps - should be easy since its a single dial)

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