Here’s everything you need to know about your bike’s suspension setup

A significant advantage of the pullout on a motorcycle over a car is ease of access. Although maintenance intervals on a motorcycle are shorter than on a car, many jobs are probably easier because the parts are visible. Consider adjusting the throttle cord. And, speaking of maintenance, getting your bike’s suspension properly tuned is just as important for efficiency and safety. Also, while tinkering with a car’s suspension is sometimes a time-consuming and difficult procedure, doing it with your bike is much easier on the DIY skill scale. So here’s a guide to get you started.

Spring preload adjustment

To do this, first place the motorcycle on a flat surface. Then examine the wear of the swing arms and wheel bearings. After that, you need to lift the rear of the bike until the suspension is fully stretched. Then take measurements from the axle to the top of the rear subframe. Let the bike settle on its suspension and take another measurement.

Take a second measurement with the rider in full gear (with passenger/baggage, if applicable) seated on the motorcycle in their riding position. The variation without the jumper should be 6-12mm. The margin with the pilot (and passenger/baggage) must be 35 to 50 mm. After that, pull the spring collar down to minimize sag and up to improve it, reports noted.

Change rebound

Compression and rebound settings may be available depending on the shock. The biggest influence on bike handling is the rebound setting. Start by turning the adjustment knob under the springs all the way, then all the way (counter-clockwise), noting the number of “clicks” as you go. Halfway is a good starting point. Fine-tuning will then be categorized by bike characteristics, riding style and terrain. Wind up with a few clicks at a time if the bike feels loose and unstable, then go for a ride to test the conditions you plan to ride in. Wind up with a few simple clicks and determine if the bike feels too hard.

Fix Compression

If your shocks need to compress the adjuster, turn it clockwise until it stops completely. Wind up a few ticks at a time if the bike feels sluggish and lowers easily, then give it a try. Crank up a few clicks and assess if the bike is too firm over the bumps if the rear tire bounces while braking.

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Ride height adjustment

At the bottom of the shock you will find an adjustable eye or clevis that you can adjust to fit. Be sure to unscrew the shock nut first and then relock it if it has a lock nut. If you lengthen a shock to accommodate your height, you may change the handling and direction of your bike. The steering becomes “jumpy” when the rear is raised. The bike may appear to float but remain stable when lowered.

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