I have just had my 4000 mile maintenance on my 2008 Burgman, while the bike was just under 6800 miles. Nothing serious was noted, the dealer did replace the plug and air cleaner, and performed an oil change. I know very little about the pre-load shock adjustment. I asked one of the dealer mechanics and they told me that this "pre-load" shock adjustment is for the tension from where the bike sits currently til the time you sit on the bike - how low to the ground you go is dependent on the setting. Mine is still set to 3 as it was when I bought it. Is this correct? My concern for changing the setting is twofold - A) I have to ride minimally 1 - 1/2 miles of semi-rough dirt road to get the a main paved road and B) Michigan paved roads for the most part are full of asphalt filled potholes. Will lowering the setting to 2 or 1 help the ride so that I don't "feel" the bumps as bad or is this not what the setting is for?