should i spring my dualsport loaded up ?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by booniebasher, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. booniebasher

    booniebasher Been here awhile

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    hello
    I have a xr600 in which its only purpose will be loaded up with giantloop bag and 5 gallon gas tank etc . I can tell it is not sprung even before i put the load on it. although I dont plan on hitting the big whoops and g outs on a regular basis should i spend the 250.00 or not ?
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  2. Mongle

    Mongle Knuckle dragger

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    I know it made a huge diffrence in my DR. I'm a light 220 plus adding 70lbs with saddle bags and such made it miserable to ride with stock springs. I got a spring (8.3 if I remember correctly) for the rear shock. Unloaded I have the preload backed off and when I load it down I turn the preload up. Makes the bike feel more "solid" in the loose gravel and such.
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  3. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    If that's the way you normally ride it, then yes, set the preload and suspension settings for that.

    Cheers
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  4. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    Getting the spring right for your load and riding purpose is always money wisely spent! Its a safety issue, a ride comfort issue and a reliability issue.

    I'd say yes, its worth the money. Just be sure its not just a strong spring, but that th erest of the shock is built to control that stiffer spring, too.
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