Big Ed's Workshop - Suspension

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Suspension has come a long way since the days of old; riders can adjust and change a bikes feel as they wish. In this brief guide I intend to outline a few things about suspension that you may not have understood before.

If you are adjusting suspension remember that the front forks will need balancing so they are both the same.


Compression damping controls the rate at which the suspension compresses over bumpy road surfaces.


Rebound damping controls the rate at which the suspension returns once it has been compressed, too much and the suspension will return too slowly, too little and the suspension returns to its starting position too quickly. This can affect the handling and can sometimes be felt through the handlebars as a shudder.


Forks and shock absorbers settle into a natural position when a bike is in a static position. When you brake or accelerate or corner they slide on their stanchions. By setting the pre-load you control how much of the suspension's maximum travel you want to use. If you are unsure about the suspension on your bike, refer to the manufacturer's settings in your handbook or seek expert advice.

I hope this guide has gone someway in explaining about what suspension is and how it affects your motorcycle. Stay tuned for more biker guides coming soon!

20.08.14 - Big Ed

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