View Full Version : rear suspension adjustment
10-07-2002, 09:52 AM
I found the rear wheel suspension of the Atlantic quite hard, uncomfortable at bad roads. Anybody tried to adjust the springs ? What is the effect of loosening the pre-tension ? Any advise on the most comfortable setting ?
10-07-2002, 02:20 PM
Mine seemed hard also. I loosened it until there are 10 threads exposed. Probably 3-4 full turns.
Rides better, but I'm not that familiar how soft is best. I'm 6'1+ and my feet would not touch flat on the ground until the adjustment (so I know something happened). Now they both are flat on the ground, but just barely. Will depend on outside temp somewhat also. (say 60-70deg in this case).
10-09-2002, 09:55 PM
I took 2 full turns out to see if it helped but it doesn't seem like enough. Probably need to get more aggressive, softening it big time then stiffen it up. No results yet. Please post what you discover.
10-28-2002, 02:52 AM
I lowered the pre-tensioning of the spring on both sides of the rear suspension, such that there are 7 full turns left. It is noticably more comfortable, less dry shocks. Riding and road holding seems not affected. I sit a bit lower now, so I needed to adjust the height of the front light. This can be done easily without dismantling or tools by turning a grey knob under the nose.
10-28-2002, 05:57 AM
I loosened both rear suspension forks maximally. I let my dealer take care of it though : to difficult to perform with the key Aprilla delivers with the atlantic. Especially with the exhaust so close... ( PS : I also live in Belgium)
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