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I bought a 2014 Valkyrie with 3500 miles on it ....unmolested perfect clean bike ....It seems to ride like a tank....some one told me to turn the shock lever all the way counter clockwise to the bottom then go up 16 clicks for a 185 lb rider....still seems very hard riding even over the smallest bumps....tires have 40 psi front and back...leaving for montana in a week need help....and how many clicks are there to this shock..again someone told me 31...I though a lower setting of say 5 or 7clicks would be the softest ride again any hepl would be great thanks Ridefast99
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I bought a 2014 Valkyrie with 3500 miles on it ....unmolested perfect clean bike ....It seems to ride like a tank....some one told me to turn the shock lever all the way counter clockwise to the bottom then go up 16 clicks for a 185 lb rider....still seems very hard riding even over the smallest bumps....tires have 40 psi front and back...leaving for montana in a week need help....and how many clicks are there to this shock..again someone told me 31...I though a lower setting of say 5 or 7clicks would be the softest ride again any hepl would be great thanks Ridefast99
To be honest, I've tried them all... this 250 lb man could not tell the difference.
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I turned mine ALL they way to the left and enjoy the ride and feel the suspension work - best adjustment i ever made

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I tried all the way to the left and all the way to the right. I'm 185lbs and could not tell a difference in any of the settings.
Seems reasonable to me to crank it all the way left for a softer ride though, if it feels like the ride is too hard.
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This is from the manual...
To adjust to the standard position:
To reduce (LOW) :
Turn the adjuster counterclockwise toward LOW for a light load and smooth
road condition.
To increase (HIGH) :
Turn the adjuster clockwise toward HIGH for a firmer ride and rough road
condition.
Spring Preload:
The spring preload adjuster is located behind the side cover.
Remove the side cover.
Turn the spring preload adjuster knob counterclockwise until it will no
longer turn (lightly seats).
This is the full LOW setting.
Turn the adjuster clockwise for 1 click. This is the standard position.
To adjust the spring preload, turn the adjuster knob.
The spring preload adjuster knob has 35 spring preload positions (clicks) or
more for different load or riding conditions.
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Thanks guys.....ridefast99
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I'm 175 lbs I have it set 1 click firmer than stock and ride is good solo or 2 up (she's 135 lbs). Ride on bumpy stuff is fine and cornering is spot on, holds a line nicely and no wollowing.

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I've set mine all the way to "firm" on the suggestion of use2b who felt that the jarring on the softer settings was actually the suspension bottoming out. I've been happier since. Maybe it's placebo effect
PS...I'm 190 lbs
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I'm 250 and have it set midway and my tires are inflated at about 38 psi.

Been riding since about 1985. 1st bike was a CB900F then 88 CBR1000 , 1990 VFR750F and 94 CBR1000F. I bought my 2000 Std. Valkyrie new in 01. Was an MSF Rider Coach for 12 years. New owner of a 2014 Valk, Red, Non ABS.
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