Adjusting the suspension - Honda Shadow Forums : Shadow Motorcycle Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
cldra87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 13
Adjusting the suspension

I have a question for everyone: Does one have to adjust the suspension if they are going to carry a passenger? I have heard differing opinions, where some say that it should be adjusted, while others just put a few extra psi in their tires. What do you think?

Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
cldra87 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 01:06 AM
Senior Member
 
swifty2014's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Model: Vt750
Year: 1983
Location: Washington State
Posts: 10,621
Garage
Depends on the total wight of both of you. For a small child probably not. Drive over a speed bump carefully and if it bottoms out then go up a number or two.
Keeping the tires a bit over the factory recommendation is better for the tires anyway.

Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.
1983 750 Shadow
From the past=
1951 Cushman scooter
1962 Honda 305 Dream
1965 Honda 305 Dream
1971 Honda 175 scrambler
swifty2014 is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
cldra87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 13
That's great to hear. I really only plan to take my wife with me every once in a while, so adjusting the suspension was not something I wanted to do. Thanks a lot!

Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
cldra87 is offline  
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 01:39 AM
Senior Member
 
swifty2014's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Model: Vt750
Year: 1983
Location: Washington State
Posts: 10,621
Garage
You may have the spanner wrench in your tool kit if you have one. If not, some guys can turn it by hand or a pipe wrench wrapped into a rag may work.

Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.
1983 750 Shadow
From the past=
1951 Cushman scooter
1962 Honda 305 Dream
1965 Honda 305 Dream
1971 Honda 175 scrambler
swifty2014 is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 10:30 AM
Senior Member
 
smilie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 6,548
Garage
If you're running on a lower setting, chances are you need to adjust it up for a passenger.

http://2007 Shadow Spirit VT750C2, Ride bell by h13man, Ride cross by Capt D
smilie is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 03:15 PM
Member
 
Bryant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Model: 1100 AERO
Year: 1999
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 269
I'm curious, how does the suspension adjustment work?

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.
Bryant is online now  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 04:05 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 999
The suspension adjustment increases the preload on the springs on what is effectively a stepped ramp.

If i'm just going for a short ride with a passenger I usually just leave it all alone.
If going more than a few miles I increase both the preload a notch or so and the tire pressure.

Say "I'm just checking the tire pressure before our ride."
Do not say "I'd better crank some more air in there, what do you weigh?"

Say "I tried these shocks softer, but I didn't like it, just give me a second to set them back."
Don't Say "I need to allow for your weight with the spring adjustment."
Definitely not "Holy cow these only go up to 5."
CSRoad is online now  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 11:16 PM
Member
 
CoreyP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Model: VT1100C
Year: 1999
Location: Bluffton, SC
Posts: 253
Garage
LOL.



I ride at 3 by myself at 190 lbs. It's a little stiff but then my wife can climb on for a short trip and that works as the middle of the road setting. My wife rides with my at least weekly. On a longer trip I go up to the 4th setting. If I could do it quickly and easily I would ride at 2 and 4 with my wife on the back. Depends on what your passenger and you weigh?



Same with air pressure. Longer trip with my wife, up goes the tires pressure a few lbs. Around town by myself factory air pressure seems right to me.

!999 VT1100C
CoreyP is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
cldra87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by CoreyP View Post
LOL.



I ride at 3 by myself at 190 lbs. It's a little stiff but then my wife can climb on for a short trip and that works as the middle of the road setting. My wife rides with my at least weekly. On a longer trip I go up to the 4th setting. If I could do it quickly and easily I would ride at 2 and 4 with my wife on the back. Depends on what your passenger and you weigh?



Same with air pressure. Longer trip with my wife, up goes the tires pressure a few lbs. Around town by myself factory air pressure seems right to me.
That is really helpful! I plan on taking her with me every once in awhile, so I might make the changes then. Thanks!

Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
cldra87 is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 07:33 AM
Member
 
blupupher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Model: VT1100C
Year: 1994
Location: Katy, Republic of Texas
Posts: 852
Garage
Yeah, it really depends.
Your weight, passenger weight, how far your riding, how often, extra gear.

Due to my fat butt, I had to get some heavy duty shocks. The regular Progressive shocks I had was on the highest setting and it was not enough. My 140 lb daughter would get on and it rode horrible, but nothing I could adjust to make it better.
With the HD shocks, I initially set it on 4. With me alone, it was rough. at 3 it was OK, but with me and my daughter is was decent.
I put it at 2, and was perfect for me alone, and a bit soft for me and my daughter.

I leave it at 2, even with my daughter, unless we are going on a ride longer than 30 minutes , then I go to 4 and it is better. My Progressive shocks are easy to adjust by hand.

For tires, I tend to run pressure a touch higher in front than stock @34-36 PSI (not that your supposed to adjust the front PSI based on weight), and when I had a bike tire on the rear, I also always ran at the higher PSI due to my own weight.
Now that I have a car tire on the back, I don't run it at the "recommended" pressure, I have it set to what rides best, and for me it is 38 PSI, regardless of weight on it.

1994 VT1100C
Starfire 185/65/15 rear tire (Darkside)
Perilli MT66 Route 110/90/19 front tire
Progressive 430HD Rear Shocks
Mustang Seat
National Cycle Windscreen




Last edited by blupupher; 05-24-2019 at 07:43 AM.
blupupher is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



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

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



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
adjusting valves blueshadow05 Technical Discussion 12 04-06-2007 01:55 AM
Adjusting mixture on VLX 15"apes Technical Discussion 5 04-04-2007 10:04 AM
Valve Adjusting on 2007 VLX curtiscalderon Technical Discussion 6 03-19-2007 08:28 PM
Shock Adjusting Rob Walker Technical Discussion 2 03-15-2007 07:55 PM
Adjusting idle RPM ? sama Technical Discussion 8 03-15-2007 05:31 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not 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