Ok, I'll weigh in here (pardon the pun). All suspension settings are a compromise for me: in cold weather gear, I'm maybe 195 lb, in summer gear 185 lb. Except maybe I've added the tank bag and cameras etc or my dry bag with a weekend supply of necessaries. So I compromise because I don't feel like changing settings for every occasion.
My riding is mostly rural, secondary roads mostly with occasional forays into the big cities.
Currently, my settings for the front are preload @ 6 turns out (all numbers are from fully compressed). Damping is set 2 turns out. I just went back to this setting because the front end was feeling "wooden" in sharp turns and wanted to run wide at the "harder" setting that I tried. The difference is night and day. The difference that a well set up suspension makes is truly confidence inspiring, it changes the bike.
Rear currently set to #2 position (2nd softest), damping @ 4 clicks out. I am still working on the rear setting, after changing the front.
For every action, there is a reaction. Change the front suspension and the rear reacts too, often requiring adjustment if the fork setting was adjusted by a more than a few clicks.
Rider body position counts for a lot too. I learned a lot riding my loaded Concours that moving my weight forward and loading the fork to compensate for the rear end weight dramatically changed the handling. That technique also works well for me on the V. In tight stuff, I like to shift my weight forward to load the front end a bit.
My point is that, for me
, suspension settings are a moving target that can change with season and circumstance. So I compromise because although I check tire pressure, oil, lights etc regularly, I live with the current suspension settings.
Until I start feckin' around again... sigh.
Gen1, 2007 V