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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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V Star 950 Cornering (Drag Floor Boards)

So, i'm not sure if it is just me, or this is just the way the 950 is designed.

I was out on a ride with my club on Sat. Four bikes. Two Harleys (don't know models) and a Honda Shadow 750. I was following the pack.

I found they were taking the corners a little fast. In some, and in particular Round a'bouts I was dragging my boards where they appeared not to be. Now i was taking the same line as they were, and nobody was doing any hanging off, just sitting upright.

So i started to question to myself.... Am i doing something wrong, since I was slowing down more to take the corners to avoid dragging the boards.


Now i don't mind dragging the boards now and then, but i don't want to be always pushing to perhaps the limits???

So, my question is.

Is the V star 950 just that much less clearance than many other bikes in that the lean angle would be much less? Thus taking corners should be slower than many other bikes?

Or

Is there something I'm doing wrong?

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 10:17 AM
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I think the 950 scrapes easily.

Since you are new on this bike, you might be leaning on the outside of the bike without realizing it.

To keep the bike from scraping (staying more vertical) shift your weight to the inside of the curve. Even just a little, leaning your head in and moving your upper body into the turn will move the center of mass of you and the bike over, allowing the bike to stay more vertical.
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Oh i've leaned in. I've hung off a bit.

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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-17-2018, 11:50 AM
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Might check and see if the rear shock preload is set to a lower number (lowers the bike). You can bring the back of the bike up a bit by setting it higher.

Also have to ask if you are taking the outside inside outside path thru the curves? If the other people are, and you are not, then you are cutting the curve tighter.
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In addition to what KCW said about the preload on the rear ,you can check the sag height of your forks. On my 650 I found it was about an inch too low. Since I put it longer spring spacers I haven't scraped the floorboards once!
Have heard that the 950's scrape easily but they shouldn't be worse than any other cruiser. After all they are far from a sport bike!
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950 is notorious for scraping. you're not doing anything wrong.
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The rear shock pre-load makes more difference than you think it would. However, the 950 does scrape the boards easily. Since I set the pre-load I only rarely drag the boards. (even when riding with Harleys. :-) )

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Hey, Outdoor,

My 950 was my first bike with floorboards and I scraped mine occasionally and it always startled me. I didn't think I was leaning excessively.

Many miles later, I'm not scraping as often and it isn't startling me when I do. I guess I got used to it.

BTW, here is that other thread on the subject:
https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...rd-scrape.html
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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-20-2018, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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I have my preload set to i believe factory 3. Which for 1 up i thought should be correct setting?

How does one know if this should be adjusted? And will it make ride more rough/bouncy/stiff depending on adj?

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I would suggest to set at least on 4. Spring preload is weight dependant, so you have to try a couple of different settings to see what works for you. Below is screen shot of owners manual.


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