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    Exclamation Softening Honda Unicorn's rear suspension

    Hi all

    I am a novice biker considering technical/mechanical aspects of bikes...but like bike riding
    For last 5 yrs i was owning Bajaj discover 125 Dtsi model and at start of 2012 got my new Honda Unicorn (now it's 8 months / 5k km old)
    What I have observed is....even at speed as low as 10-20 kmph...whenever unicorn goes from any bump/pothole/unleveled road...rear suspension doesn't help to absorb impact and i can feel d impact on my lower back
    I used to ride discover on such roads but when compared to unicorn, it was kind of back pampering
    I am totally fed up due to this as i ride total 50 kms daily (to n fro) n stiff suspension of unicorn is giving me lot of back pain

    is there any way I can make it soft?
    I have already kept rear suspension setting at soft level...n service center ppl r telling me to make it hard to get better ride quality

    few things abt d way i ride bikes

    total travel - 25km + 25 km (to n from)
    duration - 1 hr continuous in 1 direction
    on highways - completely steady speed of 60 kmph or 5-5.5k rpm
    on crowded roads - never crosses 4-4.5k rpm level

    i m kind of sane driver for my bike

    on 1 fine day, i tried bajaj avenger on same road and i never felt a single moment of pain even after riding for 1.5 hr at stretch

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    not a single response???

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    your weight please! did u feel the same with a pillion on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mid View Post
    your weight please! did u feel the same with a pillion on top?
    i weight 70kg....with pillion rider....there is no match for comfort between avenger and unicorn ...considering riding with pillion, unicorn is way ahead in comfort compared to avenger

    but my 90% of riding is without pillion

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    Then it might be in the stiffer side! turning clockwise twice make it soft by decreasing the spring preload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mid View Post
    Then it might be in the stiffer side! turning clockwise twice make it soft by decreasing the spring preload.
    i already did that while servicing my bike in last month....but still same results
    previously i was owning bajaj discover n while going on potholes or small bumps...i used to feel that seat level was remaining on same height from ground

    but on unicorn...even if i m on speed as low as 10-20....i could feel that suspension is not getting damped on road bumps...which directly sends impact to my back

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    so u tried both ways(soft & hard) and not finding both comfortable.
    and find the current setting comfortable with a pillion(added weight). So there cant be any problem with the free movement of your swingarm. Only thing to do now is to check with another unicorn and find how it handles the bumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mid View Post
    so u tried both ways(soft & hard) and not finding both comfortable.
    and find the current setting comfortable with a pillion(added weight). So there cant be any problem with the free movement of your swingarm. Only thing to do now is to check with another unicorn and find how it handles the bumps.
    hmm
    BTW i m not sure but is there a way i can fix rear mono shock of unicorn with something else's ....may b gas charged monoshock of impulse (soon to be discontinued)

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    Its too early to go for a shock change and that too of an another bike without knowing if it's a direct fit or not and its effect on the rake and trail geometry of your ride. There is a 2 year warranty for the stock mono shock i think. I would personally recommend u to change it both wise, ride and find the comfier side! Increasing spring preload makes the shock “feel” stiffer initially and ideal for bigger and faster bumps.
    Last edited by mid; 09-08-2012 at 10:40 PM.

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