I met Blake at a Midwest Track Day event in the spring of ’13. He was riding a ’03 Yamaha R6 with a Fox shock on the rear and stock forks on the front. Both front and rear had been sprung for his weight and overall he was happy with the performance of the chassis and suspension.
When changing wear and tear parts in suspension the big question is, OEM or aftermarket parts? Seals, dust covers, and bushings are made by multiple manufactures and come in all ranges of price. So whats the right choice?
Tires are the biggest expense when it comes to track days and racing. And depending on suspension set up, this can mean tires will last half a season, or half a race. Paulie was experiencing the later half and his SV650 tire wear was horrible. He came to me for answers and see what we could do.
I am a BIG proponent of riders experimenting with suspension settings. Turn knobs, adjust preload, change geometry. It allows riders to learn about their bike and see if they can make a well handling bike even better. But there is a downside to doing that, notes! In today’s age almost everyone has a smartphone or tablet at their disposal, enter iMoto Suspension.
What do you think of when I say Fork or Shock Refresh? New oil or new seals? Maybe cleaning out some dirt? But there is another VERY import part of refreshes!
With motorcycles being such an expensive hobby, riders look to the used market to find killer deals on parts. Because they can be pretty heavy on one’s wallet, forks and shocks are high on the used parts lists. But just because you get a great deal on a used set of forks or shock doesn’t always mean you’re getting a better price then buying new.
Many riders prefer to work on their own motorcycle. From oil changes, to brake bleeds, to complete engine rebuilds they do it all, except fork oil refreshes or fork seals. For a couple bucks you can do refreshes and and fork seal changes yourself. When looking online there are posts upon posts on how to do it, but never a good complete list of tools needed to make it happen. So here we go…. Read More
Leaking fork seals are the biggest reason for tearing apart forks. Once you’re to the point of removing the seals themselves it can be a bit of a pain. Lots of times the seals can get stuck inside the outer tube. Here’s a great tip for removing fork seals to save you some time. Read More
There will be a time in every motorcyclist’s life that they need to strap a motorcycle down. Whether its traveling to a track day, race, or just across town to drop it off at the local shop. So the big question is how does one go about strapping down a motorcycle?!?! Read More
One of the worst things in life is walking out to a bike, getting ready to ride, and seeing a small puddle of oil pooling on the ground under the forks! Fork seals are one of the main reasons people get their forks serviced. Leaks can be caused by numerous problems. Debris between the fork tube and the seal, a nick in the fork tube, compressing the forks too forcefully (such as hard wheelie landings or strapping the front down too tight while transporting), or sometimes they just wear out. The following are a couple things to look at to help figure out the cause of the worn out seals Read More