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Well to be honest, you can get a pretty good idea of what sag you have by just eyeballing the rear end when you sit on it. You should be able to feel the shock compress slightly when you sit on the bike, even if your feet are still touching the ground.
The point is more to insure the shock isn’t compressing too much, limiting the amount of travel you have when say riding over a large bump. Most duel shocks on street bikes have only 3-1/2 to 4 inches of travel. If the bike compressed just under your weight 1 inch, you’ve used 1/4 of the available travel.

This is of course all a subjective thing depending on how you “like your ride” and “how” you ride. If you’re a “bat out of hell” type rider, all this is fairly important. If you’re more of a relaxing cruise type rider, it’s about comfort instead of extreme handling.

I will say they generally for solo riding without luggage, you should be using one of the lower settings, so you will be able to “stiffen it up” if you pile on gear and/or a passenger.

So yes, when you get the chance to ride the bike (we have 3” of snow here) try different adjustments on a road you’re familiar with.

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