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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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I stiffened my rear shock, but when I ride with my gf it bottoms out. We are bigger folks. Any ideas on what I should try next?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 08:41 PM
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Year and model of bike helps to assist you. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...on-garage.html

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2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
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On yeah sorry. 2004 v star 1100 classic.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 08:50 PM
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What number is your shock preload set at?

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I'm not sure. But it looks similar to the pick. I have it set as high has it can go.
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The higher the number, the stiffer the preload. Also if bike is new to you check to see if stock shock link. It's common to replace with lowering link for a lower stance that will bottom out easier.

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Lowering link.

2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
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I'll take a look thank you
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Post back after you check it out. Issue with stock shock and coil spring is they wear out and will sag not able to support weight very well. Most people will replace with Progressive Shock.

2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
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I've just read a bunch about gvwr. Seems like pretty much any cruiser would not work for us.
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Here's some comparison on GVWR, Vstar 1100 has GVWR of a full size touring bike.

Vstar 1100: 431 pounds
Harley Electra Glide: 440 pounds.
Goldwing: 412 pounds

Quote for info on gold wing.

The wing has, after its wet weight, about a 412 pound load limit, including fully dressed rider, passenger and luggage. It states that the 'average' male weight is 191 and female weight is 164 for a total 365 pounds, leaving 47 pounds on 'average' for gear and luggage.
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