Join Date: May 2016
Location: Newark, Delaware
These types of charts in many Japanese owner's manuals aren't very helpful. Preload is more about adjusting ride height (which also affects weight distribution), so road condition and speed don't have a lot to do with that setting. After playing around with the rear preload, I've settled back to the stock 1 click out. I'm 165 lbs. without gear. Even with a Givi V-47 top case (usually fairly empty) and Givi E-22 side cases, I find that setting works fine, and I like a little more weight on the front tire than many do. If I ran about 16 clicks per the chart I'd think the rear would be jacked up sky high and there'd be so much weight on the front tire it would make turn-in difficult. Now if I were to go out on a tour with the cases packed, and maybe a waterproof duffle strapped to the pillion seat, I'd likely nudge the rear preload up a bit.
2015 Versys 650 ABS
AMA, MSTA, Retreads
Nat'l Cycle "Sport-Touring" screen; Givi hand guards; BMW Sport Grips; Omni-Cruise throttle lock; Motowerk mirror extenders, side stand foot & highway pegs; Denali Mini Soundbomb horn; SW-Motech top rack, Quick-Lock Evo side racks, wide foot pegs & GPS shelf; Givi E-22 side cases & V-47 top case; RKA 13L Shiloh Road tank bag; Hyper-Lites; Sargent seat; Shoodaben ECU reflash; decalectomy.