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bearsfan 10-07-2011 11:14 PM

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

DavesVulster 10-08-2011 12:49 AM

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.

rev it up 10-08-2011 06:46 AM

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.

JM2001 10-08-2011 08:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bearsfan (Post 190447)
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.

Knifemaker 10-08-2011 11:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bearsfan (Post 190447)
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.

Knifemaker 10-08-2011 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bearsfan (Post 190447)
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.

DavesVulster 10-08-2011 11:17 AM

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.

Vulcan2000 10-08-2011 01:00 PM

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

DavesVulster 10-08-2011 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vulcan2000 (Post 190510)
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.:smiley_th

bearsfan 10-08-2011 06:22 PM

Thank you that was very helpful


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