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Should I adjust preload for passenger and luggage?

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MikeBike

There is nothing in the manual about adjusting preload for a heavier load. I know it's ideal to get the loaded bike in the same attitude as rider only, but is it worth it for a weekend of riding?

I tried to get a C spanner from a Triumph/Ducati dealers as I was passing but no joy.

Do those on here who take pillion and luggage bother? Is it noticeable to a mere mortal? Is it unwise not to?

I've ridden lots with a lightish pillion only but this weekend travelling with luggage and pillion that is probably about 100Kg combined.

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jeremyr62

It depends. I found that winding the preload on quickly reduced static sag to zero so I never bothered and just changed the rear shock. If only for a short period of time I really wouldn't worry unless you ride like Marc all the time. If you notice it bottoming out then, yeah you need to raise the ride height a bit by adding preload.

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trisaki

Where are you heading to- if coming  Sussex  direction  pop into my wshop  and we can tweak it 

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Graham NZ

Altering rear preload depends on how easy it is to do.  If it's using a c-spanner and getting skinned knuckles I wouldn't bother unless it was to be permanent.  On the later NCs it may be easier but on older ones like mine it'd be a PITA.

 

When getting a Nitron rear unit for mine I opted to get a remote impact damping controller but not a preload one because I never carry a pillion.  It came with a nifty peg tool for the preload collar but I've not needed to use it so far.  That may change when I get the unit back with a softer spring. 

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MikeBike
2 hours ago, trisaki said:

Where are you heading to- if coming  Sussex  direction  pop into my wshop  and we can tweak it 

Many thanks, but I'm heading up North, potential new localised covid restrictions on Friday banning socialising with anyone not from own household permitting.

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