Nevada 2009 Suspension set up

I’m looking to improve the suspension set up on my Nevada. At the moment it’s all standard.
I notice a lot of the V7 riders are changing the rear shocks on their bikes, as these are the same size as the Nevada what are people putting on to replace the STD shocks? What do all you good folk recommend? I want replacement shocks that are very easy to adjust as I ride solo during the week then two up at the weekend and then load up with the Kitchen sink and pillion to do Rally’s and tour.
Is the front suspension in need of any change’s? has anyone made any changes to the front before?

Claire xx

The best suspension advice on Guzzi’s I was ever given was for the rear to be as soft as possible and leave it like that.A couple of weeks ago one of our tame racers said the same thing for a race bike.However Hagons Nitros shocks have been recomended.

Thanks Ian, I had the rear shocks set quite soft as you and others recommend but then I increased the preload one weekend and now I can’t slacken it off as the adjusting ring wont shift on one of the shocks, I’ve kept the threads clean but the C spanner just wont shift it!
Those Hagon Nitro’s look good but what are they like for adjusting after a winter or two?
Has anyone tried Ohlins?

Spray twice a day with a proper penetrating oil for 2 weeks.Then try again.With Hagons you can talk to the bloke, tell him what you weigh etc, and get the correct springs for you fitted.Ohlins? I retired as a cpl, not a general.

“General Dunmore” Has a nice ring to it. Or what about Field Marshal Dunmore? you are marshalling at the V-Twin aren’t you?

I like the idea of Major General Sir ian Dunmore KCB, MBE etc.Field Marshalls are now old hat you know.And we do have one retired Admiral in the club.

Suspension - it depends how far you want to go and how deep your pockets are but IMHO good quality suspension is the most effective way to make your bike ‘faster’.

I’ve not researched what is available for the Nevada but if you do change the rear shocks, may I suggest;

Big spend: Approach a suspension specialist with your needs/wants and weight (!) and let them do all the sums and build you a set of custom shocks/fork dampers etc.

Small spend: Buy a set of recommended rear shocks that have adjustable damping, not just preload. Ideally, you will have both compression and rebound separately adjustable but combined damping can be OK too. You’ll then need to spend a few weeks playing with all the settings until you find something that works best. It’s a lot of work but I reckon it’s worth it on any bike.

Good luck. Once you’ve had good suspension, it’s hard to go back.


PS regarding Ohlins, they are about as good as it gets for a road bike but it’s more important that they are matched to your weight and requirements etc. I’ve had WP shocks on my KTM (excellent) but my wife is considering replacing her WP on her KTM (390 Duke) with Ohlins+matched spring. The WP unit is good but doesn’t offer enough adjustability. Ohlins suppliers should be able to provide alternative spring rates when you order.

Squarepants2014-07-23 12:49:59

Thanks Jon. I’m thinking because of my requirements I may go the route of visiting a Ohlins specialist, I’ve located one less than half a mile from my house so that’s handy.
I agree with your comment on good suspension, their is nothing better than a well set up bike.
I have had my Nevada 3 years now and enjoy riding it so much that I think it will be worth spending money on making the ride even better.

Claire, good to hear it. My wife has been interested in a Nevada for quite some time. It’s about the only modern Guzzi that she feels confident on, height-wise.

I know how well they handle so the base bike is a good start for improving the suspension. Please keep us posted with your progress