Teach Me Suspension (Part 7): How to Make Rebound Damping Adjustments

The last couple of parts should have given you a good understanding of what the dampers do in your motorcycle’s suspension. Keeping the conversation on damping, now we are going to move onto how we make the correct changes for ourselves. In this part we’re just going to tackle changes to rebound damping. Rebound changes […]

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The Effects of Motorcycle Gearing Changes

A discussion on motorcycle gearing, what it means, and the end result it makes to your machine One very common modification that riders tend to make to their machines is to change the gearing. Most commonly, riders will do this in an attempt to make their bikes accelerate quicker as stock road gearing tends to […]

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Why You May Be Weaker Riding Left or Right, and How to Fix it

If you are one of those riders who feel they struggle somewhat more cornering in one direction compared to the other, you may be pleased to know that you are still perfectly normal. Well, from a riding perspective, anyway. Being stronger going in one direction compared to the other is incredibly common, and in my […]

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Teach Me Suspension (Part 6): Compression and Rebound Damping

In the last part we began the conversation on damping and what job it plays within the suspension. As a quick recap, damping is what changes (and tames) the manner in which the spring compresses and extends. In this part we are going to continue on the damping theme, but we’re going to expand a […]

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Assessing a Track and Finding the Speed

How to find the speed around a given circuit by focusing on the right areas It’s very common for riders to look in the wrong areas in their attempts to unlock speed (and time) around a given track. As I have commented on a few times before, from a riding perspective one area in particular […]

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Should You Upgrade Your Track Motorcycle in Your Search for Speed?

Take a walk down any track day paddock and you won’t be hard pressed to find a raft of well turned out bikes, dripping with the latest and greatest bolt on upgrades from the best names in the business. The ones that wouldn’t look out of place on a World Superbike grid. There’s no denying […]

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Teach Me Suspension (Part 5): Basic Suspension Damping

When having a conversation about motorcycle suspension, it is as the conversation moves to damping that the idea of suspension tuning being a dark art tends to creep in. The main reason for this is because when an adjuster is turned, little happens, and the only way to determine what has happened is to get out […]

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How to Consistently Hit an Apex …and What They Mean to You

I would put money on the fact that a lot of riders (especially those that have taken any time to learn correct track craft) will be able to point out roughly where they want to be in the middle of any given corner. However, while they may easily be able to point out an apex […]

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When Are You ‘Ready’ to Go Racing? …And Why it’s Closer Than You Think

As you get more and more experience under your belt doing track days and you find your pace coming on nicely, it isn’t uncommon to start thinking about dipping a toe into racing. I’ve spoken in the past about the apprehension that people face when considering a move up to a faster group, but I’d […]

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Teach Me Suspension (Part 4): Setting Sag

In the last part we discovered that we can use preload to change the characteristics of our suspension as well as change how much of the suspension’s range is used. The goal behind this is to ensure that we are using as much of the range as possible, but not too much so that we […]

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