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I have a '04 VSTAR 650 classic that I am the third owner of. The original owner had a lot of stuff done, most of it poorly. The other day I noticed that all the sudden I had a bad clanking sound whenever I hit a bump and a couple times when I got on the brakes hard from high speed the whole bike shook like a tire was flat out bouncing.

I needed to open the joke of a storage compartment under the seat and a nice big washer fell out and hit the ground. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where it came from! I rode her home carefully and tore into it. I found that at some point the factory shock bushing had been replaced with a "lowering" bushing such as the one from this site http://www.pacificcoaststar.com/pcs/v_star_650_lowering_kit.htm

Anyway, the bushing had completely un-threaded from the shock and so basically I was riding around with a spring and no shock! I was able to put it back together and I just guessed at a setting of "4" for the preload. The bike rides great but I was curious if there are any recommendations for the preload settings based on weight?

I can find information all day long on HOW to change the adjustment, but no recommendations on what to set it to. In the sport bike world there is all kinds of information on what is optimal, but for cruisers it seems to be entirely subjective. I'm about 6' tall and weigh 216. I never carry a passenger and don't usually have any luggage, but I do have saddle bags for it and use them occasionally. It's not a hard setting to change so I suppose I can certainly just try other settings and see, but I was curious what other people with similar setups might be running.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Well I appreciate the bump but I'm staring to get the impression that nobody knows. I guess at only a couple minutes to change and only 7 settings the official answer is just "see what works for ya."
 

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I'm sure the reason for no answers is that it is such a subjective thing. Two people the same weight in the same situation might have different preferences. It comes to what you are comfortable with and what works for you.
 

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Here what I found in the manual which is not much help.

Setting 1 = Minimum (Soft)
Setting 3 = Standard
Setting 7 = Maximum (Hard)

They don't have recommendations at all so I guess adjust till you find the ride you like for your size.
 
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