Dear fellow bikers, Excuse me while I try to tap into your experiences. I've bought a CRF250L soon to find out that I will have too soften up the rear suspension somehow. If I understand correctly this would either mean changing the rear shock (or just it's spring) or putting in a lowering link (which as a side effect changes the shock's leverage and thus the sought softening). Now if I go for the first option, first thing I'd have to find out is the spring rate of the CRF250L's current shock: Anyone? Then I would have to find an aftermarket supplier of a softer version for the shock / spring: Are they there yet? Suggestions? If I go for the second option, I just would like to hear some experiences from people that have applied a lowering link. I'm looking at a link that will lower the bike 1.75". Are we talking significant softening? I know, many off road bikers find the CRF's rear already too soft as it is, so you might be curious as to why I'd want to soften up. Well, if you talk any spine language: straight back, deteriorated disk. Small irrigularities on seemingly smooth tarmac become clearly noticable, tension builds, fatigue, pain etc. I hardly ride off road (find the bike great for short commutes and mountain roads) so the the softness would not bother me (nor would the lowering). So I'm looking for: - What's the spring rate of the CRF250L standard rear shock? - Suppliers of softer shocks or springs? - Experiences with softening effects of lowering links And of course (highly unlikely but just for completeness): Any brighter ideas? Please help me out, I'd hate to let this bike go!