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When I bought my Dark Horse, I was told the stock setup was for a 185 lb rider. Weighing in about 210 at the time, my next question was how many turns on the adjustment should I do?

There was no real answer other than the measurement method. I watched the video and I was right, no way to do it alone. Yes, I could ask someone to help while I sit on the bike or find someone roughly my weight but ...

I marked the initial setting (horizontal mark) in black and then just turned it clockwise to move the position this far. Roughly 2 threads worth may not be enough but it was a start.

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I will ride this out and see how it feels.

I did have my handy "wrench" help me with the setup and closing of the job. When he is older I can sit on the bike and measure.

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My bike is lowered 2 inches and likes to drag the pipes with the wife on the back, I weigh 255 with riding gear on, and she weighs "Ahem... 125" with gear on. I cranked it down quite a bit and it still was to soft. Today I cranked it down all the way, and hopefully it's be good. I can handle it being too stiff for me alone, as long as it's good when we ride together and it doesn't drag.
 

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My bike is lowered 2 inches and likes to drag the pipes with the wife on the back, I weigh 255 with riding gear on, and she weighs "Ahem... 125" with gear on. I cranked it down quite a bit and it still was to soft. Today I cranked it down all the way, and hopefully it's be good. I can handle it being too stiff for me alone, as long as it's good when we ride together and it doesn't drag.
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I am the same weight as you maybe add 5lbs if I haven't had my coffee yet. First thing I asked my dealer was to dial in the suspension to my weight and he actually advised me to leave it an see how I like it. Turns out the 185lb rider setting is perfect, nice and comfy all around but not to soft that I will bottom out or feel like I'm on the ocean. This is just my experience, good luck man!
 

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I am the same weight as you maybe add 5lbs if I haven't had my coffee yet. First thing I asked my dealer was to dial in the suspension to my weight and he actually advised me to leave it an see how I like it. Turns out the 185lb rider setting is perfect, nice and comfy all around but not to soft that I will bottom out or feel like I'm on the ocean. This is just my experience, good luck man!
For the most part, mine is fine but I have heard a few clunks and hard bottoms ... so I am trying it out. I'll let you know how the adjustments feel.
 

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My bike is lowered 2 inches and likes to drag the pipes with the wife on the back, I weigh 255 with riding gear on, and she weighs "Ahem... 125" with gear on. I cranked it down quite a bit and it still was to soft. Today I cranked it down all the way, and hopefully it's be good. I can handle it being too stiff for me alone, as long as it's good when we ride together and
My bike is lowered 2 inches and likes to drag the pipes with the wife on the back, I weigh 255 with riding gear on, and she weighs "Ahem... 125" with gear on. I cranked it down quite a bit and it still was to soft. Today I cranked it down all the way, and hopefully it's be good. I can handle it being too stiff for me alone, as long as it's good when we ride together and it doesn't drag.

Curious to know the outcome. I have a 1.5 lowering link and haven't installed it yet due to being unsure it it will bottom out or not.
 

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When I bought my Dark Horse, I was told the stock setup was for a 185 lb rider. Weighing in about 210 at the time, my next question was how many turns on the adjustment should I do?

There was no real answer other than the measurement method. I watched the video and I was right, no way to do it alone. Yes, I could ask someone to help while I sit on the bike or find someone roughly my weight but ...

I marked the initial setting (horizontal mark) in black and then just turned it clockwise to move the position this far. Roughly 2 threads worth may not be enough but it was a start.

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I will ride this out and see how it feels.

I did have my handy "wrench" help me with the setup and closing of the job. When he is older I can sit on the bike and measure.

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Ditch the stock shock and put a chieftain / roadmaster air shock on... Easy adjustments, they can be picked up on eBay occasionally for $200 - $300.
You do have to remove the rear fender to install , I did mine in about 4 hours, best mod other than the Dobeck fuel controller.
 

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It's to hard with it adjusted all the way down. I didn't tell my wife that I did anything, and she asked why it was riding to hard (I know, I know). I had it adjusted to about a little more that half way to the hardest, and then adjusted it to the hardest setting. I'm going to aim for right between them for now. In the mean time, I bought a air shock for a Roadmaster, for $100 from a shop that converts bikes into trikes. I'll put that in when I have a chance.
 
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