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I rode my first real ride on my 09 TW this past weekend. I bought it last November and hadn’t really ridden it except around the lawn and field. I had a blast on the little TW! It’s plenty peppy enough for the back roads we were on. I was riding with my brother in law who is riding a CRF250L and kept up with him just fine! We rode around 60 miles of seasonal roads and back roads. The only complaint was if I hit a pothole it would bottom so hard that my license plate would somehow bend up! I weigh 260, so I figure I need stiffer springs. I understand there isn’t much adjustment to the shock. Any suggestions?
 

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Before you spend money on stiffer springs make sure the oil level is set correctly. Every TW I've ever heard of is set about 20 mm too low. Bring it up to 130 mm and try that, maybe even 125 mm at your weight. That is a maximum fill level, beyond which stiffer springs are necessary. Look in the tech write-ups for the procedure.
 

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Nice pics, thanks for sharing. I like the idea of trying improvements one at a time, to see what made the biggest difference. Our little TW's are pretty limited on suspension, so I wouldn't expect it to ride like a modern dirt bike.
 

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I would agree with Rocky on verifying an appropriate amount of fork oil. This should be done whether or not stiffer springs are installed front and/or rear. The 09 likely has not seen a fork service in a while. As such the fork oil is likely contaminated with significant fine aluminum debris. Overall fork feel might be improved with a basic service including new seals if warranted. Similarly the rear shock can have it's preload increased from stock whether or not an aftermarket spring is installed.
 
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