How To Make Your Motorcycle Handle Better

How To Make Your Motorcycle Handle Better

A blog around how to make your bike handle better along with other tips and advice.

Learn how to improve the handling of your motorcycle by checking out these great articles. You can learn about suspension, tires and a lot more.

Suspension Tuning Explained – Set Up Your Bike Like A Pro!

As a motorcycle enthusiast, I’ve been asked many times how to improve your bike’s handling. So here is a simple guide that will help you make your bike handle better.

1. Check the tire pressure before each ride. The recommended pressure for your tires is on the side of the tire. This can vary depending on the weight of the rider and how hard you ride.

2. Set up the suspension for your weight and riding style. Suspension setups are different for each bike and most have an adjustment for the spring preload, compression damping and rebound damping, depending on what type of forks or rear shock you have on your bike.

3. Brake harder in the corners and don’t brake as much on the straights. It seems counterintuitive to brake more in the corners but it actually improves cornering speed because it slows down one end of the bike so that both wheels are turning at similar speeds when exiting out of a turn.”

The most common question I get asked is how to make a bike handle better. There are many factors affecting motorcycle handling and this article focuses on the suspension and alignment; a necessary step before moving onto the more advanced topics such as corner weighting and balance.

Suspension Setup Basics

To understand how motorcycle suspension works, you first have to understand what it is doing. Think of your bike like a spring, with your wheels as the end points and your frame as the middle. The springs in your forks and shock are there to control the rate at which they move up or down (compression and rebound).

The springs get their rate from preload, which is how much they are compressed before you sit on the bike, which varies depending on rider weight. If you move both ends of the spring up or down, it will compress or extend. If one end of the spring is held still while the other moves, it will compress/extend more; this is due to leverage.

Motorcycle Suspension Geometry

We all know that motorcycles lean when turning. This can cause suspension geometry issues such as “squat” and “dive.” Squatting is when a motorcycle’s rear end compresses under acceleration, causing it to feel like it wants

A motorcycle’s handling is the most important aspect of any bike. If a bike doesn’t handle well, it doesn’t matter how powerful it is or how good looking it is, you won’t enjoy riding it.

There are many different aspects to a motorcycle’s handling; however, there are 3 main things that affect your bike’s handling:

– Chassis geometry

– Suspension setup

– Tyre pressure and condition

These are the three things that I will be covering in this article. Let’s start by going over the first one…

The triple clamp is the central element of your motorcycle’s front end. The upper triple clamp connects with the forks, the lower triple clamp connects to the frame.

The importance of the geometry between these two elements must not be underestimated. It has a massive effect on how your bike handles and reacts to throttle, brakes and steering inputs.

The triple clamps set up: rake, trail and offset.

Rake is the angle between a vertical line through the center of your motorcycle, and an imaginary line between where your front wheel axle touches the ground and where your steering head sits on top of your frame.

Rake is measured in degrees (°). The higher the number, the steeper rake, the more laid-back your ride will be. This means that you will have less agile handling but more stability at speed.

The lower this number, the more aggressive or steeper rake you have on your motorcycle. Steep rake means as well more agility and nimbleness but also less stability at high speeds because of less trail.

I have been watching MotoGP for nearly 10 years now. I will never forget the first time I saw Valentino Rossi race a motorbike. It was like nothing I had seen before. He was so smooth, so fast and so sure of himself. Even the commentators were impressed with his style and skill. Since then, I have watched every season and followed his progress through the ranks. This article is not about him, but rather, it is about you and how to improve your riding style to become a better rider.

What makes Valentino Rossi so good? There are many things that he does well and many things that he does poorly. However, there are two main areas where he excels that other riders do not: cornering and braking.

Hi, my name is Scott and I’m a motorbike addict. I’ve been riding bikes since the age of 16 and started racing when I was 18. Starting off on supermoto bikes before moving onto race bikes in the early 1990’s. My first race bike was a Suzuki GSX-R1100 bought for £1500 with a broken engine (the previous owner had spun it’s big end bearings!)

In the time between then and now I have restored many other old race bikes including a Suzuki RG500, Suzuki GSX-R750F and a Honda RC30 which you can see below.

I’ve been working on motorcycles for many years now, originally as an automotive engineer where I worked on cars, trucks and motorbikes. After leaving the mechanic workshops behind I’ve been working on motorcycles from my own garage at home and also providing mobile motorcycle repairs to customers who bring their bikes to me for work to be done.

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