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Trying to figure out where to set the air pressure in my rear suspension. Bike is a canadian version which reads in Kpa/cm2. This here good old boy is used to PSI and I don't have any idea where I should be setting it.:wtf:
 

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Here is the converter but you could just google
1 kilopascal (kPa) = 0.1450377377 pounds-force per square inch (psi or lbf/in²)
I normally use a rough conversion of 100kpa equals 14psi
 

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Here is the converter but you could just google
1 kilopascal (kPa) = 0.1450377377 pounds-force per square inch (psi or lbf/in²)
I normally use a rough conversion of 100kpa equals 14psi
Now i am really confused. When I hit the inflate buttom it begins @ 0 and proceeds to indicate upward to as high as 6 (as far as I ever took it). Haven't a clue as to where I should be setting it.
 

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I am assuming that 6 is 600 kpa and that you would be then at 84 psi rough reckoning.
Any thoughts as to what pressures I should be running, i.e 1 up as opposed to 2 up. I am a new Gold Wing owner and never had the luxury of air adjustable suspension on my prior rides. Thanks for your help, it is muchly appreciated.
 

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Gold wing Docs seem to suggest 42-47 psi so 300-350 kpa. Remember it must feel comfortable and handle right to you no matter what the reading says. Experiment a little until you have your own personal settings.:?
 

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1.0 = 14 PSI.
To properly set ride sag you need to remove the left saddle bag, then on center stand measure from the axle to a point above it on the frame.
Write down the number.
Now drop the bike off center stand and measure again, this time with the bikes own weight but no rider. Subtract the second number from the first.
Your aprox. sag should be about 1/3 of that number when you sit on the bike.
Eg; if the difference was 3 inches then the magic number would be 1 inch of drop from just holding the bike up to sitting on it. You would adjust the air either up or down to get to that number.
You will need a helper, it's a 2 person job.
This will give you a good baseline or starting point to set the rear.
After that you can fine tune it to your liking.
Of course this is for rider only. With passenger you will need to increase air.
 

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I used to weight about 270# and 51 psi was a very good rear shock pressure to make the bike handle better.

Now I am down to 220# and 47# or so feels okay to me.
I have ridden it with as little as 15 psi, but the rear suspension bottoms out on the slightest bumps that way.

But, if you a inseam challenged, then run it at the lower pressure values. That will lower the bike a good two inches.
 

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Thanks all for your help. Appreciate the info, at least now I know what I'm looking at. Ride Safe
 
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