Adjusting rear shocks - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Everything to do with wheels, tires,
suspension, forks and brakes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 10
iTrader: (0)
 
Adjusting rear shocks

New to riding and my 1994 VN750 is my first bike.
Wondering how to adjust the rear shocks and what should they be set at?


Thank you
bearsfan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 12:49 AM
If only it had 6th gear..
 
DavesVulster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 1,100
iTrader: (1)
 
Hi, welcome, and you twist the top of the shock as it's a dial. Personal preference on the setting. I believe higher number is stiffer ride.

Dave

Mods:
Jetted, shaved & coastered
Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
Dual vac lines on petcock (my cure for ticking)
LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
DavesVulster is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 06:46 AM
Senior Member
 
rev it up's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: County Durham. United Kingdom (england)
Posts: 133
iTrader: (0)
 
Shocks

Set them to whatever you like !. It won't make any difference because they are crappy stock shocks !. no oil,no air in mine,,it makes no difference.

AGEING IS INEVITABLE,,MATURING IS OPTIONAL

VN 750 A8 1992.
27000 miles.
Imported from California
to UK in 1996.




New for 2012.
new filters(foam type)
replacement shocks(MDI)
Iridium plugs.
AGM battery(platinum)
brake pads(Kyoto)
(All on and running)
rev it up is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 08:50 AM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
JM2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Rochester, New York
Posts: 1,803
iTrader: (1)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bearsfan View Post
New to riding and my 1994 VN750 is my first bike.
Wondering how to adjust the rear shocks and what should they be set at?


Thank you
My bike has the stock air shocks. I run 28 pounds of air in each shock and have the settings on 2 for solo riding and 3 for riding with a passenger.

JM2001

" Loud Pipes Risk Rights "

2001 Vulcan 750
marbled
TOC upgrade on ACCT
Air/fuel mixture set to 2 1/2 out
rectifier relocated
splines lubed
iridiums
decals removed
upgraded mirrors
Pic up coil mod done
degoated
All LED lighting
Upgraded Mosfet rectifier
JM2001 is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 11:08 AM
Old Fart
 
Knifemaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Catawissa, MO
Posts: 11,681
iTrader: (4)
     
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by bearsfan View Post
New to riding and my 1994 VN750 is my first bike.
Wondering how to adjust the rear shocks and what should they be set at?


Thank you
How much do you weigh? What type of riding do you do? You carry a passenger? Got saddlebags loaded with stuff?
What are the roads like where you live?

Suspension is adjusted using all these factors... So there is no one answer.

If You Are Not Sure If I Am Joking or Not....I AM !!Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knifemaker1954/sets/
Knifemaker is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 11:12 AM
Old Fart
 
Knifemaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Catawissa, MO
Posts: 11,681
iTrader: (4)
     
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by bearsfan View Post
New to riding and my 1994 VN750 is my first bike.
Wondering how to adjust the rear shocks and what should they be set at?


Thank you
How much do you weigh? What type of riding do you do? You carry a passenger? Got saddlebags loaded with stuff?
What are the roads like where you live?

Suspension is adjusted using all these factors... So there is no one answer. Although I agree with rev it up's post.... The shocks are crap. If yours still hold air .. Pump them up with a Hand Pump to a about 10% of your total load on the rear as a good starting point.

If You Are Not Sure If I Am Joking or Not....I AM !!Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knifemaker1954/sets/
Knifemaker is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 11:17 AM
If only it had 6th gear..
 
DavesVulster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 1,100
iTrader: (1)
 
lol, I forgot about the air pressure. Never touched mine. Only the dials. You'll probably have to take some time and find what's best for you by riding it (aww, what a shame ) until you find what you like.

Dave

Mods:
Jetted, shaved & coastered
Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
Dual vac lines on petcock (my cure for ticking)
LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
DavesVulster is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 01:00 PM
2000 VN 750 Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 2,486
iTrader: (10)
   
I have read on this forum that the place to start for air pressure in our rear shocks under normal riding conditions is to divide the total load weight (rider and any extra gear) by ten. Therefore a 185 pound rider with an additional 15 pounds of gear in the saddle bags should start out with 20 pounds (185 + 15 = 200/10 = 20) of air in each rear shock and adjust for your particular riding style. I also read that the maximum pressure is 45 pounds I believe but this would be for new shocks in good condition I believe. Try to keep the two shocks balanced as to the same air pressure. Some prefer to use a hand pump to avoid over inflation and to not loose air upon removal of the air chuck. Check your pressure after riding for a bit to see if they maintain a steady pressure before you get overly involved in trying to find the perfect ride setting. Twisting the top cup between 1 and 4 is also a matter of personal riding style and feel.

I hope this and the other information given by others helps and welcome to the wild world of Vulcans.

Tom
Vulcan 2000
Vulcan2000 is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 03:07 PM
If only it had 6th gear..
 
DavesVulster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 1,100
iTrader: (1)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vulcan2000 View Post
I have read on this forum that the place to start for air pressure in our rear shocks under normal riding conditions is to divide the total load weight (rider and any extra gear) by ten. Therefore a 185 pound rider with an additional 15 pounds of gear in the saddle bags should start out with 20 pounds (185 + 15 = 200/10 = 20) of air in each rear shock and adjust for your particular riding style. I also read that the maximum pressure is 45 pounds
Good info to know, thanks.

Dave

Mods:
Jetted, shaved & coastered
Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
Dual vac lines on petcock (my cure for ticking)
LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
DavesVulster is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 10
iTrader: (0)
 
Thank you that was very helpful
bearsfan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
adjustment , shocks , suspension

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome