Motorcycle Suspension

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Video Makes Quick Work of Suspension Setup

You can have the most impressive rear suspension setup in the world and it’s probably going to be a big disappointment to you unless it’s properly set up. To avoid that happening, Progressive Suspension has produced a six-minute video that shows how a few measurements, a little math and a bit of fine tuning can help you realize the potential of that hot-shot suspension system.

Scott Hodgson, Progressive’s director of applications engineering, has more than two decades of experience with motorcycle suspension. In video clip below, he walks you through a detailed setup on a Harley bagger, although the same instructions apply to those adjusting a twin-shock bike (you’ll be … Continue Reading

What is Suspension Sag and Why Would I Want It?

If you’ve been reading my J&P blog posts about suspension and bike fitment, you might recall that your shocks can be adjusted to fit your bike and weight. You also learned that in order to achieve a proper fit in the two-wheel world, sometimes you need to swap out a part. But what if a simple adjustment will do? For that, you need to understand that shocks work with both the up and down movements of the bike. If all pavement imperfections were bumps, shocks would focus on compression. But life on the road isn’t just a series of bumps. There are also potholes and other gaps and depressions that … Continue Reading

Eliminating Fork Dive with Progressive Suspension

Does this sound familiar: “I ride a big bike and it feels like my front end dives at every stop light.”

I’ve heard this complaint countless times and figured today’s as good a time as any to walk you through a fork dive event and detail a solution to correct it.

During initial braking, the shear girth of a big touring machine transfers forward and quickly overwhelms the factory suspension.  The result is what we know as fork dive or brake dive.  Although all motorcycles experience this to some degree, the sensation is particularly noticeable on touring rigs and is exacerbated by their weight.

So what’s the solution?  While the … Continue Reading