Öhlins develops Royal Enfield suspension

Premium Swedish suspension company Öhlins has developed special suspension for Royal Enfield motorcycles for the first time. The first models to get the Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers and fork springs with adjustable pre-load caps are the new and very popular 650cc twin-cylinder Interceptor and Continental GT. Prices are $A399 for the FSK145 fork springs and $A1129 …

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Tenneco ownership to boost Öhlins suspension

Riders looking for premium motorcycle suspension should welcome the new ownership of Swedish company Öhlins Racing by tech company Tenneco. The American company has worked with Öhlins on their CES valves over the past 20 years. It will lend technological and logistic support that should lead to more products for more models, more outlets, faster …

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Showa suspension lowers seat height

How clever is this Showa suspension that automatically lowers the seat height when the bike is stationary, allowing short people to mount and dismount easier! No more tip-toeing at the lights or teetering over when trying to get the sidetone down. It’s not one of those air-suspension systems that customisers use to slam their creations …

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Ikon Suspension upgrade review Ducati GT1000

Ikon Suspension upgrade review

Australian company Ikon Suspension has been around in one form or another making riders more comfortable and safer since 1962. So when we wanted to update the very basic suspension on our Ducati GT1000 project bike we went with Ikon. Standard suspension on most road bikes is usually a compromise. However, even a budget set …

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Mark Zach Oliver's Motorcycles Ikon suspension Ducati GT1000

How to update your motorcycle suspension

A suspension update is a black art with every suspension expert having differing opinions. You could go up and down the MotoGP pit lane and find differing viewpoints from every garage. While it looks like a simple job to unscrew some bolts, swap the shocks and fork springs, then bolt them back in, there is …

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Ikon Progressive or linear suspension springs?

Progressive or linear suspension springs?

If you’ve looked at improving your suspension, you have probably run into the argument about whether progressive for linear springs are better. Our Ducati GT1000 project bike suffers from under-sprung and over-damped suspension like a lot of Ducati road bikes with standard suspension. The resulting effect is head-shake, chattering, harsh ride and loss of mechanical …

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Suspension expert Sam Simmons of Oliver's Motorcycles

Seven myths about motorcycle suspension

While most riders change the mufflers on their new motorcycle first, the most important modification to any motorcycle is the suspension, according to suspension expert Sam Simmons of Oliver’s Motorcycles. Sam is from the UK where he spent eight years as a professional motocross racer and worked in the factory Yamaha team’s suspension workshop. Since …

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Triumph Bonneville T100 with Gazi black shocks

Gazi shocks transform our Bonneville

My Triumph Bonneville T100 is a fun little bike but I don’t pretend it’s a great performer, especially two-up. The standard suspension is very standard! It’s too plush, bottoms out easily, has little damping, doesn’t cope well with high-frequency hits and skips under braking. Two-up it’s even worse, throwing in vague steering. I once owned …

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Gazi motorcycle susension

How to set up your motorcycle suspension

Setting up your motorcycle suspension is one of the most arcane and confounding disciplines, yet one of the most important. Whether a motorcycle has adjustable or non-adjustable suspension, it comes from the factory with the suspension set up for a single rider – even if it’s a dual-seat bike – weighing about 75-85kg. If you …

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Touratech suspension Extreme pain

Touratech suspension for adventure riders

German adventure accessories company Touratech has produced a range of high-end suspension that is tailored specifically for adventure riders. Touratech Australia spokesman Robin Box says he tested the suspension in Germany and was impressed with the increased level of traction, especially over corrugations. “Ohlins suspension is very good but they cover a very wide spectrum …

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