I've been messing around with the suspension on my V-Strom. Up front it comes stock with .72 steady rate springs. I've thrown in 1.0's, with 7.5 weight fork oil, but find the ride a bit rough now. Although the bike is now much better than stock, I like how it used to soak up bumps, without upsetting the chassis, but really did need a stiffer spring for two up riding and solo with a lot of luggage.
I've been told I can keep a 1.0 in one side and put a .90 in the other to make a combined total of .95. Mathematically it make sense, but wouldn't the forks be carrying the weight uneavenly. What effect will this have on the parts for wear, and will it affect handling?
At first I was very sceptical, but now read that one side of the Yamaha MotoGP bikes forks handles rebound dampening, and the other side compression. So it can't affect it too much if at all. Or is that different since it's dampening functions don't carry the bike and riders weight?
To what extremities could one go? I also have a set of progressively wound Wilbers .75's - .95's. Could I put one of those in one side and keep a 1.0 in the other?
I really know jack all about suspension I guess.
Also, would creating a larger air space, give a bit of a softer feel for mild bumps, while allowing me to keep the stiffer springs?