How to Adjust the Shocks on a Honda Shadow 750

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How to Adjust the Shocks on a Honda Shadow 750
Motorcycle shocks absorb the motion of bumps in the road. (motorcycle image by Byron Moore from

Motorcycle shocks absorb motion when travelling over bumps to create a smooth ride. The inside of shock has oil and gas, with a piston in the centre. As the piston pushes through the oil, it encounters friction and compresses to a shorter size to absorb the bump. It then lengthens after passing the bump to cushion the bike and rider.You can adjust straight shaft shocks and reservoir shocks in the same manner on a Honda Shadow 750, but with different tools.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable pliers
  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Place a pair of adjustable pliers on the rebound adjuster wheel. The adjuster wheel is a round metal wheel with teeth on the bottom of the shock's straight shaft.

  2. 2

    Turn the pliers clockwise while counting each audible click to adjust the wheel at the tightest setting. Turn the pliers counterclockwise to loosen the shock absorption. For example, if you want the shock to absorb more motion, and it clicks three times while tightening it clockwise, then turn the pliers counterclockwise only two clicks.

  3. 3

    Test drive the bike and make adjustments as necessary.

  1. 1

    Insert a flathead screwdriver into the adjustment screw on the shock. Reservoir shocks have a protruding gas reservoir adjacent to the bottom of the shock on the exterior.

  2. 2

    Turn the screwdriver clockwise while counting each audible click to tighten the shocks completely.

  3. 3

    Turn the screwdriver counterclockwise a smaller amount of clicks to tighten the shocks. Use a larger amount of clicks to tighten the shocks more than the original setting.

  4. 4

    Test drive the motorcycle and make any necessary adjustments.

Tips and warnings

  • Tightening shocks entirely before adjusting them and counting the clicks determines the current shock setting.
  • Adjust shocks gently with a pair of adjustable pliers or a screwdriver to keep from stripping out the adjustment wheel gears.

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