thanks Dio - spring rate is the word I could not think of
let me try this again - you cannot adjust the spring rate to make the rear feel stiffer or softer and have the spring centering properly set.
if you set the preload higher the bike will move up within its range of travel when you are on the bike, if you set it lower the bike will move down when you are sitting on the bike.
You want the bike adjusted so its pretty close to the center of its range of travel. The numbers in the owners manual for where to put the click-stop based on rider and passenger weight will do that.
There is no adjustment to change that will make the suspension feel stiffer or softer while keeping the suspension in the correct centered position. You can lower the setting to make it feel softer and/or to lower the bike on its shocks - but thats not what its for, because if you do that, the bike will bottom out on every bump you hit.
My comment on my intestinal virus and the pain I was in was an oblique reference to that - you do not want your bike to bottom out if you can help it. We have some crappy roads in upstate NY. On my daily commute I subconsciously know where every pseudo 'speed bump' is, and I lean forward without thinking about it when I hit them.
When you are riding at night and cant see them coming, its sucks.
Last edited by KCW; 07-08-2018 at 06:50 AM.