How To Adjust The Rear Suspension On An Adventure

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Dear Motorhead:

I’m wondering if help me with a suspension question. I just purchased a new Switchback Adventure and when I go over bigger bumps it seems to be sort of bucking me off. I have the shock set up to my weight, so what can I do to relieve this problem?

I also have about 200km on it and the oil tank is only gone down about an inch. Is this normal? My only machine before it was an 340 touring and that drank oil like it did gas so I don’t really have anything to compare it to.




Thanks for your email!

You need to measure through the rear most hole in the running boards to the snow with the sled pulled up to full extension. Then sit on the sled with all your gear and adjust the rear spring preload to allow for no more than 3 inches of sag when loaded. This is the right way to adjust the rear end and you will get a great ride this way.

Your oil mileage is fine, however if you’re still worried have your dealer check it for you.

Hope this helps.

Motorhead Mark

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