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Motorcycle Suspension Basics

Learn motorcycle suspension basics in this Howcast motorcycle video with expert Kenyon Kluge.


My name is Kenyon Kluge. I'm from Santa Cruz, California. I'm a team owner and rider for K Squared Racing. I'm also the team manager and rider for Zero Motorcycle Racing. If you want to find out more information about me you can look at my website, or for more information on Zero Motorcycles go to And now I'm going to talk to you about motorcycles. Motorcycle suspension is in some ways for basics but to many people its black art so I am gonna go over few of the primers of what most of the motorcycles suspension is and to risk of your basic knowledge where there is an who it works. Setting up through your suspension is a key you can really change the whole at feel and really you would like a motorcycle cause its gonna feel much better when you properly adjust your suspension.The first thing you always want to do with motorcycle suspension is that your sag thats your starting point.Thats the biggest key factor and it changes from person to person because we all weigh of different amount so the persons right away is gonna affect the sag in the motorcycle which is why i have adjusters on it. So when i start by setting the sag on the front on the front the first application should be 45mm of sag. On the race track or track sudden it should be 35mm of sag. These are ballpark numbers gonna bay depending on the level. Then again you are gonna set the sag on the rear suspension and for the street you are gonna able 35mm of sag and for the track you are gonna be about 25mm of sag. Once you set the sag for your body weight you are gonna go ahead and adjust the what we call clicker which is the compression, damping and rebound damping. On the front you are gonna find you'r rebound damping its gonna be used screw adjusters and compression is gonna be found at the bottom of the flak and again screw adjusters. On the rear suspension you see the same. You are gonna find your compression damping at the top wherever is your reservoir is located and is case give you back your reserve but you might have a lesser reservoir some shocks you don't have you lesser reservoir though might adjust the speed and adjust the top of the shock.Your motorcycle may not have this adjustments you may only have side adjustments or damping adjustments in some cases. Alright then you also want to adjust the rebound at the bottom here.

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