I weigh 155 lbs and when I hit imperfections in the road the 109R knocks me around for example small humps in the pavement act like speed bumps and literally set me up out of my seat. Then there are the man hole covers that set 1 to 2 inches below the street - those should be fixed - kidneys outta my head.
I have read about the preload but never messed with it as some of the posts seem to contradict one another. On the one hand many claim dialing down softened the ride but may lead to wallowing then on the other hand some posters claim it only serves to raise or lower the bike and has no impact on the smoothness of the ride - who knows.
Well I can't take it any longer and I finally decided to do something; still reading the posts left me with a whiskey tango foxtrot with respect to the setting # on the shock. This afternoon, I removed the skid plate, from the right side of the bike head facing to the front I look at the shock. I could see the #s but have no idea what is what. So, with the spanning wrench and a rubber mallet I clicked the shock to the left as far as it would go. As best I can tell #4 is facing down - all I can really say is that I cannot click the preload anymore to the left. Not sure it is either better or worse but when I push down on the back it seems to have more rebound. We will see, can any tell me from the description above if I lessened the preload or increased the preload, I think I lessened it.