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2015 V LT "Preload" vs. "Tension"

I'm a bit confused about the front fork adjustments. Left side says "preload" and the right side says "tension". What's the difference between the two adjustments? Do adjustments on one side require an adjustment to the other?

When I first pick up my bike I increased the preload. Too much. I backed it off due to the hard ride - especially over expansion joints on the freeway. I haven't touched the tension adjustment.

I read the manual, but the descriptions for each adjustment seemed to be the same. If anyone can 'splain it to me, I'd be appreciative.

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The left fork has ONLY oil and a spring, thus 'preload', while the right fork has a cartridge, oil, and a spring, so it has adjustable damping.

Hope this helps (MY '15 is 1700 miles N of me right now, as are my manuals, so this is by memory).

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My 2015 V650 has "rebound" on the right side, i.e. the rebound damping adjustment. I suspect yours has the same function, just a different label. Greater rebound damping slows the rate at which the fork re-extends after being compressed.
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Thanks guys. So the left side adjustment doesn't do anything? Only the right side where the cartridge resides is truly adjustable?

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Thanks guys. So the left side adjustment doesn't do anything?...
Yes - the left adjustment changes the spring-preload.

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