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My bike is a gladius with traxxion drop in emulator kit with 2 turns on the emulators and a penskee 8975db with adjustable rebound and compression. I am familiar with reading the chassis and making adjustments on off road vehicles such as snowmobiles and atvs, but since I'm only on my second year with a motorcycle I'm not as familiar. This weekend I had the bike do something that I was not sure how to read. I was traveling up a long hill at a good rate of speed and when the road split into two lanes for slower traffic I took the passing lane. As the road made a left turn I laid the bike over and as the suspension loaded up at the apex of the corner, the back end wobbled. The line I took was not the best so at the apex I definitely made more of an abrupt turn than i should have. I'm pretty sure i have my preload set front and rear so that leads me to thinking i didn't have enough compression. Does that make sense? I know its hard to describe in words, but what should I be "feeling" for in regards to adjusting compression/rebound?

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Yea, I did get the shock along with the emulators on the group buy here, totally transformed the bike.

I don't have any sag measurements... I adjusted the preload and shock settings by feel. I know I'll get flack for this, but for me going out and changing settings one at a time and ignoring numbers worked for me on my off road stuff. Its a bad habit that I have.

At the point the bike did wobble was when I was leaned over and started to drift wide. I put some more effort into the bars to get more lean angle and when started to track tighter is when I felt the wobble. I was not off the bike at all so body position could have contributed too. I don't remember adjusting the throttle at all at that point as I was still accelerating. I thought maybe I was on the edge of the tires and the wobble was them starting to lose grip in the lateral direction due to the speed I was going, but it didn't sound right after I thought about it more.

Another thing I forgot to mention is I had my rear hard case packed full weighing at just under 40lbs hanging off the back. I would have thought that would have upset the front and not the rear though.

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