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    How to disable rear preload??

    So, I have the chassis set up the way I want it on my 1200TP when in the automatic setting but I find the damping softer than I'd like when hitting the twisty bits. I prefer the two up setting but don't want the added spring preload that comes with it. Is there a way to simply disable the preload function by pulling a fuse or disconnecting the electrical plug? I weight 160 pounds in full gear and don't need the extra spring tension nor the extra height.

    Dennis

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    The suspension adjustment setting only affects rear preload. Automatic checks the rear preload when you start the bike and various intervals as you ride to make sure the rear is leveling with the front. The other manual settings only affect rear preload in preset increments for single, double or with panniers. The dampening is always active with ADD and doesn't change when the rear preloads are changed.

    For you I would just set the preload to single rider as you are fairly light. Then the bike can do its job on the dampening.

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    As I understand it the damping gets firmer with each setting. I'd like the firmer damping without the preload.

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    It may seem like dampening gets firmer because your preload is higher, meaning it takes more force to get the shock moving.

    According to Aprilia's own sales data, the dampening is its own system, is dynamic to sensor inputs and runs off a single map configuration. The preload is an electric preload system making passenger/load carrying either. has no effect on the ADD.

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    That's how I understand it.

    ADD does its thing no matter what preload setting is selected. Control of the damping in the left fork and rear shock is always fully automatic. A software damping 'map' determines the output to the damping control solenoids, depending on inputs from sensors which measure the status of the bike (hit a bump, on/off the gas, on/off the brakes etc.).

    You cannot change the damping control like you can on some other types of electronic suspension. This seems to confuse a lot of people. ADD is patented, and as far as I know it's unique.

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    Here are my setups (I am 200lbs)

    Alone daily commute:
    ADD : Single (one helmet symbol)
    ATC: 1 on dry and 2 on wet
    Map : Sport or Touring on dry and Rain on wet

    Alone sport ride :
    ADD: Single plus luggage
    ATC: 1
    Map : Sport

    Duo with my wife :
    ADD : Auto
    ATC: 2
    Map : Touring
    2015 Caponord White TP
    Heated grips, Gel seat, Givi Screen, Aprilia Top Box, GPR Exhaust, ESE Healtech, RAM Phone mount

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    Thanks guys, maybe it's just me. All my other bikes are sprung much firmer and I find the Capo feels a bit under damped. Guess I'm just not use to that much travel at the rear of the bike.

    Dennis

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