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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Previously Installed Suspension...

I have a 2007 and I don't know what the suspension installed on it is or how it should be operated, what PSI suggestions, difference a seat or lowering blocks make. I did not get the pump with the purchase of the bike, either, and am not sure if I should lower it, lower the PSI when I'm solo, change the seat, or any combination of this. I ride it to work every day by myself, but often ride with my wife on the back. We don't have a tour pack, just a back rest (which incidentally the mount covers the suspension pump nozzle... minor inconvenience if I do mess with the PSI).

I am 6'0" and have trouble with balance sometimes when stopping solo and always 2 up with the wife on the back as well as when she is getting on the bike and am looking for suggestions on what to do.

P.S. I'm looking at a new seat anyway, the stock one is awful. Probably looking at a Sundowner or a Hammock. But I'll be posting questions about that in the seats thread.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 10:11 PM
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If you have a 07 and you have air shocks then you should have the stock HD air shocks. On the 07 models you should NOT put in over 35PSI in the shocks, also you should NOT use a air compressor to fill the shocks you should only use a hand pump. You will need to make adjustments to find the right air pressure that works for you. If you are looking for a seat find a HD dealer that has the seat demo program and try out some seats before buying.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 09:20 AM
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To see what suspension you have, pull off a saddlebag and look at the shock. If you have small plastic lines running to them and you don't see any springs, you have the stock suspension. Follow the air pressure guidelines in the OM (not over 35 in the '07s)

If you see springs and there aren't any plastic air lines, try to look for a label of some sort.

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As they said above, I found on my stock set up that 8psi for me riding solo at about 190-195lbs. Was the most comfortable. anywhere between 5-10 was good.

Riding double 10-15psi was good.

These give you a nice comfortable ride.

If you like a firmer ride like you may need in the twisty go more psi, but as said 35psi is the max for the 07.

They changed them in 08 I believe to 50psi max so ignore those guys when they are talking, they aren't talking to us.

I recently switched over to Progressive Monotubes and 940's in the rear. It made a big difference. I had to have mine modified with the softer spring as the standard 940 was too firm.

When I switched mine over I found that my fork oil was approx 25-30% low which game me an even softer front end so that may also be worth a look at if you are having comfort and control issues.

Even a well maintained bike can be off on the fork oil as that is not easily checked and usually not looked at by dealers when serviced even though you may pay for it.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 06:08 PM
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Same year bike as you. Solo, I ride with 12 PSI. Doubled up with wife, I found 22-25 to work well

I'm looking for a stock seat to rework if you are changing up, PM me for a sale

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