My girlfriend and I had our first ride ever on our 'new' sleds yesterday. It
was a blast. But now, I've got some questions about setting these up
properly for good trail handling.
The last machine I rode was a '73 Nordic, so my knowledge of the more modern
machines' suspension adjustments is limited to say the least.
1. 97 MX-Z 670
I found it understeered quite a bit. A rider we met along the way told me it
was because I had "easy steer" skis on it and suggested I crank the front
pre-load up a couple notches. Is this the best way to make this model carve
the corners more precisely?
I also managed to bottom out the rear suspension. Again, I guess it's a case
of spring preload; can anyone suggest good settings for someone weighing
about 215 pounds?
(But hold on; if I crank up both the front and read preloads, won't that
negate any improvement in steering?)
2. 99 Indy 340
My girlfriend had a hard time keeping up with me on trails that seemed easy
with the MX-Z. We weren't going that fast (really); it wasn't a question of
horsepower. Sure enough, when we switched sleds to try each other's out, I
found the Indy to be considerably more challenging to ride. It felt like it
was bouncing around a lot, and it even felt tippy at times. I had figured
that such a light machine would have no trouble keeping a decent pace on a
When I was leading, riding it as hard as I could, I found my girlfriend
could keep up to me effortlessly with my MX-Z. I was breaking a sweat, but
she wasn't. I didn't have the throttle pinned, either.
Even though this is a very unscientific comparison, it leads me to believe
there's room for improvement with the Indy, too. What suspension adjustments
are available? I didn't see any way to adjust pre-load on the front springs,
at least. Does anyone know of good settings for a woman of average weight?
Any help is appreciated.