Greetings all . Been trying to figure out the various suspension settings for my new bike . Looking at the manual that the bike came with under each adjustment (preload , damping and compression ) the book says use the adjuster to suit load and road surface . Now coming from bikes where I have not been faced with these options , what am I looking at ? As the title says some help for this dummie in plain english would be most appreciated . Firstly what does each adjustment actually do in regards to load and road surface ? Secondly a real world situation or a few examples would be great . For instance lets take my example - I am 74kg - riding to work and back on tar roads what would be optimal settings ? ( for lack of a start point lets make this the start point , adjustments from here up and down ) - If I add a pillion where would I look at adjusting - front and back -preload ,damping ,compression ( road riding ) ? lets call the pillion 60kg - If I intend to do dirt riding without pillion what adjustments could I make from my original road riding position ? - again the above but with a pillion - lastly pillion with +30kg camping and gear - road and dirt Possibly from here one could include adjustments for more technical terrain - rocks , soft sand etc Thanks and happy riding P.S why isnt there an African riders regional section ?