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Hey y'all.
Long time rider.
Never purchased a new bike before and wanted to get your thoughts on this post.

Tire Wheel Automotive parking light Automotive tire Automotive lighting


The price is in CAD.

I'm thinking either pay full price but negotiate some credits for gear and apparel or try and bring the price down.

Thoughts?
 

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I would consider that a reasonable price (as long as it's not used and abused.)
24999 CAD = 18227.86 USD

That's a slightly lower cost than an LW1 and has an HDMC badge which (might) make it worth more at some point in your life if you decide to part with it.
 

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Make them include a second key fob, mirror extensions (unless you like looking at your biceps, LOL!), and the adjustment spanner/wrench for the rear shock at a minimum! Be sure that you get qualified for as much free charging as you would have had you bought it at full price/in 2020. They should also throw in a poker chip and a t-shirt, first year's membership in the local HOG chapter if they sponsor it (as well as the international HOG). If you can wrangle them comping you the 1,000 mile (sorry -- I don't grok metric) service, all the better.
 

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Hah! CrossBones is in the know! F the wrench just freaking adjust to the bike on delivery. I don't understand motorcycle dealers... I do now own the wrench that I expect to never use again. Also could not buy the wrench in the city of Portland. Had to amazon it for cheap but still.
 

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What one did you find on Amazon that works? I've lost a lot of weight since I bought my bike and need to adjust it. I had the dealer setup the bike for my weight when I bought it but I am down over 60 pounds since then and the rear shock clearly doesn't have the correct preload.
 

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Nice my dealer didn't even offer to sell me the wrench.. I mean the preload on the front end made a huge difference in safety... They are crazy to let people demo with the wrong shock setups. Bike shops don't do it. It isn't a great tool but it gets the job done and I guess it is solved for ever...
 

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Thanks for sending the link. Most of my other bikes have remote preload adjustment. Definitely a big plus if you add a passenger sometimes or add saddlebags.

The more I ride the LW on some of the roads where I am now, the more I am inclined to replace the rear shock with something that is more compliant.
 

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I think I would want more progressive. Seems to get the preload I need, almost the max, the bike then skips. So something higher quality with a higher lbs spring that is more progressive perhaps. Or perhaps just a heftier progressive spring if they make one for this shock. I don't think I need high tech damping but softer top end with less preload out the gate would be good. But I promised myself I would try and loose some weight first. And I seem well on my way...
 

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I want less compression dampening, especially in the initial part of travel. Problem with progressive springs is trying to get the dampening right. Springs are just to support the weight of the vehicle, the control should be done through the shock itself. You don't want to go with a heavier spring when the real issues is dampening.
 

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Are you using the stock settings or have you opened it up more already?
I am running 2.5 turns compression and 3.5 rebound on the rear with 9mm preload.

Then 20 turns preload on the front with 2 turns compression and rebound.
 

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I found the rear overly harsh no matter how I had it set regardless of preload. I was at 10mm preload but need less now. I am at ZERO compression and in general it is much better over small, sharp bumps than before and absorbs the big hits well. It still sucks though in general on the small sharp ones. It went from horrendous and spine pounding on the sharp ones to just merely bad now.

I am at 20 turns front preload and 1.5 compression and 1 rebound. This is for normal street riding. If i am riding more aggressively, I do nothing for the rear but dial up the front to 3 for compression and 2-2.5 for rebound. Generally I don't hate the front, now that I've played with it.

I haven't decided on what I want to go with for the rear. I don't want to drop a lot on an Ohlins but I plan on seeing if Wilbers makes one. I put there stuff on some BMWs and was very happy.
 
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