One of the most basic tasks that needs to be done when you acquire a new to you motorcycle is to measure how much the bike collapses under your weight – a process known as setting sag. There are ranges of numbers generally accepted for street, track and race and for sport touring, long travel and dirt suspension.
The videos we provide here seek to give you an understanding of how to go through this process from beginning to end to see what your suspension does when you sit on the bike. Is it too stiff or too soft? Is it both being too stiff in the shock and too soft in the forks? What will that translate to in terms of your riding experience on your first ride? Would you like to ride being forewarned or just get out there and roll the dice?
Even non-adjustable suspension can be changed internally, so there’s hope if it seems all is lost. Different springs and different viscosity oil can make a world of difference.
View OnTheThrottle video for a 2009 Yamaha R6:- the basic steps in setting sag correctly
View OnTheThrottle video for a 2007 GSXR 600:-