Rear Shock Absorber
To adjust the spring preload, turn in the adjusting nut [A]
to the desired position and tighten the locknut [B].
[C] Spring Length
Spring Preload Setting
Spring length 178 mm (7.0 in.)
Spring length 173.5 ∼ 191.5 mm (6.832
∼ 7.539 in.)
The standard adjusting nut setting for an average-build
rider of 68 kg (150 lb) with no passenger and no acces-
sories is 180 mm (7.0 in.) spring length.
Remove the bolts [A], chain cover [B] and left foot guard
[C] for turning the hook wrench easily.
To adjust the spring preload, turn in the adjusting nut to
the desired position and tighten the locknut using by hook
wrenches [A] with the rear shock absorber attached the
If the spring action feels too soft or too stiff, adjust it.
Special Tool - Hook Wench: 57001–1101
Rear Shock Absorber Removal
Lower Fairings (see Frame chapter).
Using the jack, raise the rear wheel off the ground.
Special Tool - Jack: 57001–1238
Jack Attachment: 57001–1608
Squeeze the brake lever slowly and it with a band [A].
Be sure to hold the front brake when removing the
shock absorber, or the motorcycle may fall over. It
could cause an accident and injury.