Next time you lift your bike take a pry bar put under the rear tire and gently lift up. You will find that the wheel travels about 3/8 to 7/16, maybe 1/2 inch before you take the slop out of the link pin etc.Huh , WTF ?:crzy:
No that isn't supposed to be there on a mono shock link suspension but on Vic's it is. If you now let it down and bounce the tire up again harder you'll hear a clunk as the rocker shaft axle bounces off the top of the hole that it lives in inside the frame.
The wheel weighs in the neighborhood of 50#'s plus the weight of the caliper and the axle end of the swingarm, etc. That is a lot of weight to allow almost a 1/2 inch of acceleration before you try to control it's movement with the shock. Bounce a tire off the floor, they move pretty quick, imagine if it was going 75mph when it hit the floor or the sharp edge of a pot hole or a series of minor imperfections in the road at speed.
When you hit the right bump your going to hear that clunck. Now that you know what it is it's going to drive you nuts.:ltr: But take heart in the fact that they all do it.
The design of the rear suspension is good. Just the implementation was sort of sucky. That happens sometimes. Marketing, bean counters, trying to come in cheaper than HD? I only discovered it because of what happened with my new bike, but they are all made that way. Hit the right bump and it goes clunk.
I took all that slop out of mine and I'd like to think it works better but I really don't know.
I try not to ride so aggressively that I find out.