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Hi,
I am wanting to fine tune the suspension on my bike so I have been reading the manual but a little confused about a few things so looking for help. Just got new tires and with the start of the new riding season coming soon I thought it would be a good time to make some adjustments. I made some adjustments last year but maybe I should have researched it more.

From manual:
5.5.1. Spring preload (front suspension)
The adjustment is obtained from the reference posi-
tion, which is found by fully turning the adjusting nut
counterclockwise; from this position, turn the screw
clockwise until you reach the standard position (see
enclosed table). Rotate clockwise to increase the
spring preload or counterclockwise to decrease it.


Is the reference position when the adjusting nut stops? What is meant by standard position? Is standard position the middle position? It's phrased like that in a couple of spots in the manual so I just want to make sure I am understanding it correctly.

Edit:
The workshop manual explained it a lot better than the owners manual.

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might be a good idea to write down what you start with before making any changes so you can go back to the original starting point if you don't like how it rides. standard might be the factory setting. GL

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Hi,
I am wanting to fine tune the suspension on my bike so I have been reading the manual but a little confused about a few things so looking for help. Just got new tires and with the start of the new riding season coming soon I thought it would be a good time to make some adjustments. I made some adjustments last year but maybe I should have researched it more.

From manual:
5.5.1. Spring preload (front suspension)
The adjustment is obtained from the reference posi-
tion, which is found by fully turning the adjusting nut
counterclockwise; from this position, turn the screw
clockwise until you reach the standard position (see
enclosed table). Rotate clockwise to increase the
spring preload or counterclockwise to decrease it.

Is the reference position when the adjusting nut stops? What is meant by standard position? Is standard position the middle position? It's phrased like that in a couple of spots in the manual so I just want to make sure I am understanding it correctly.

Edit:
The workshop manual explained it a lot better than the owners manual.

Not to challenge your reading skills but is there no "enclosed table" which I would think would indicate the "standard position". No?

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Not to challenge your reading skills but is there no "enclosed table" which I would think would indicate the "standard position". No?
The enclosed table in owner's manual was just a picture of the top of forks and rear shock showing where to make the adjustments. No mention of what the standard position is but the shop manual had more info for it like how many turns out the standard position is.

If you can tell by the picture from owners manual how may turns out the rebound and compression adjustment is then I will think your mechanic skills and eyes are very good

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The enclosed table in owner's manual was just a picture of the top of forks and rear shock showing where to make the adjustments. No mention of what the standard position is but the shop manual had more info for it like how many turns out the standard position is.

If you can tell by the picture from owners manual how may turns out the rebound and compression adjustment is then I will think your mechanic skills and eyes are very good

Eye sight is definitely going and my mechanic skills...well, these are MV's. So with the shop manual info at least can you figure out where the standard position is.

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My eyes are going to and bike being an MV...My mechanic skills are improving

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The enclosed table in owner's manual was just a picture of the top of forks and rear shock showing where to make the adjustments. No mention of what the standard position is but the shop manual had more info for it like how many turns out the standard position is.

If you can tell by the picture from owners manual how may turns out the rebound and compression adjustment is then I will think your mechanic skills and eyes are very good

Eye sight is definitely going and my mechanic skills...well, these are MV's. So with the shop manual info at least can you figure out where the standard position is.
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