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Bike setup tips and insights for off-road, street and adventure bikes from Motool.

Why Static Sag Is So Important

Why Static Sag Is So Important

June 21, 2020 4 min read

You have probably noticed whenever you see references to sag you will see both static sag and rider sag. Sometimes you will hear to them referred to free sag and race sag depending on the source. Static, or free sag is the amount the suspension compresses from fully unloaded under the bikes own weight and is very important on any bike except full suspension MTB where the bike weight is so much less than the rider’s weight, the suspension does not compress under the bike's weight...
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Check your race sag every moto!

Adjusting Sag for Different Conditions

March 19, 2018 2 min read

I see so many riders that think setting sag is a set it and forget it proposition, that you just set it when you get a new bike and never look back. In fact, sag should be checked regularly, and just as important, adjusted for different conditions to make sure your bike is safe, predictable and fun to ride. This adjustment is especially important for ADV and sport touring bikes as the loads...
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Checking Sag is Critical to proper performance

Off-Road Bikes- Does it Matter Where You Measure Sag?

February 24, 2018 3 min read

I hear so many people that say that it doesn't matter where you measure sag on off-road bikes and that you just need to "know your number". This is absolutely false and flies in the face of decades of research and development. Every manufacturer has a method of taking the measurement which...
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Proper bike setup is key for safety and speed

Why Mechanical Sag Scales Don't Add Up.

February 03, 2018 3 min read

"Solo" Sag Scales (single person required)- I have seen a few mechanical scales on the market that claim to allow the rider to set their sag with no assistance but to date, have not found one that is even close to accurate. In fact, the whole reason I designed Slacker was because I bought an ASV Solo Sag for $125.00 and by the time I got through the user guide it was obvious it could not possibly...
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Always adjust suspension when riding 2-up.

Bike Safety

March 20, 2017 2 min read

Most riders do at least the bare minimum to assure their bike is safe. Things like checking the fluids, tire pressure, chain tension etc. The most overlooked aspect of safety on a motorcycle is proper suspension setup. Any bike with adjustable suspension needs to be setup and maintained for the bike to handle properly. If you are running the wrong spring rates/air pressure and/or improper spring...
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Superbike Suspension Setup

Balance is Key

March 06, 2017 1 min read

Whether you ride street or off-road, proper bike balance is key to keeping your bike fast, fun and safe. A balanced bike will stay settled in the turns and provide an amazing experience behind the bars.The key is to get the proper springs installed and correctly preloaded and proper air pressure if you have air forks. To tell if you have the right springs installed you will need to set your rider...
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Spring Rate Determination

Springs vs Damping

December 17, 2016 2 min read

There always seems to be a lot of confusion as to when to adjust the springs vs the damping. The best way to look at it is that springs are static and will always react the same way to a given force. If you apply 50 lbs of pressure it will always compress the same amount. Springs will dictate how the bike sits under any given load.Damping is dynamic and will respond differently depending on the...
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Check sag every ride on adventure bikes

ADV Bike Setup

December 04, 2016 1 min read

ADV bikes have become incredibly popular in recent years and for good reason- they are very fun and extremely versatile. One of the most overlooked things I have seen among many ADV riders is proper bike setup. Since the load changes regularly on these bikes, it is very important to verify your suspension is setup correctly so the bike handles properly. A heavy load in the rear will cause the bike...
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Some Insight on Air Forks

Some Insight on Air Forks

October 15, 2016 2 min read

Air forks are not a new thing. The first air forks were seen in the 60s and 70s but never really took hold. They are back now and seen on many production bikes but they are very complicated to setup. The problem with air forks is that they react the exact opposite to heat as a traditional spring fork. As you ride the air heats up and expands causing the fork to get stiffer as it heats up where a...
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Axle placement also effects rider sag

Rear Axle Placement

October 02, 2016 2 min read

I hear a lot of talk about riders moving their rear axle forward to shorten the wheelbase of the bike so it will turn better. This is actually completely backwards from what happens in reality as it changes the weight bias of the chassis. When you shift the axle forward you move the weight bias of the bike to the rear, this causes the front tire to become unplanted and the fork will not dive...
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Adjust preload for different conditions, not fork tube height!

Changing Fork Tube Height

September 25, 2016 1 min read

I know a lot of people tend to bring their fork tubes up in the triple tree clamps to try to get the bike to turn better. While this makes sense in the fact that it will steepen the rake on the front end it is actually one of the worst things you can do to the bikes geometry. I always leave the fork tubes in the stock position or where my suspension tuner recommends. If I need the bike to turn...
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Does it matter where you measure sag?

Biggest Bike Setup Myths.

September 18, 2016 1 min read

Two of the biggest myths about race sag for off-road bikes are that you only measure sag on a new bike and that it doesn’t matter where you measure it. You should check sag regularly and even adjust it for different tracks and conditions and you should always measure it using good reference points. The key to getting the correct measurement is to take the measurement across the arc of the...
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SFF Air fork setup simplified

Showa SFF Air TAC Fork Setup Simplified!

October 20, 2014 2 min read

With the introduction of the new Showa TAC SFF Air forks I am finding many people having a very hard time getting them setup correctly. This fork is a great step forward in technology and performance but it is much more difficult to setup than a traditional spring fork. A typical rider will not have the privilege of having a whole team dedicated to getting the bike setup right and may find...
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Bike Setup is key for safety

Motorcycle Safety

July 08, 2014 2 min read

While everyone likes to go fast and dominate on the track, nothing is more important than safety when riding your motorcycle. You can’t get faster laying on the couch with a broken leg!  Thousands of riders sustain serious injuries every year – sometimes through not taking the right precautions and safety measures, and sometimes these accidents are unavoidable.

That being said – the vast majority...
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How to set sag

Why Sag Is So Important

July 02, 2014 2 min read

For those of your new to motorcycle ownership, you might be wondering why motorcycle sag adjustment is such an important topic. Sag is the amount the suspension compresses under the weight of a given rider and directly affects handling and suspension performance. After all, we’re dealing in mere millimeters here – if you took a car and something was off by an inch or so, that wouldn’t radically...
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Dave Moss Trusts Slacker for suspension setup.

Motool Slacker Digital Sag Scale vs. The Competition

June 26, 2014 2 min read

Technology is supposed to make things better – new products come out all the time which frequently make our lives easier. Think about it – computers used to be these giant file-cabinet sized things that took days to do anything. Now, you can look up anything you want on the internet in nanoseconds with a device in your pocket. Our tools have also become more advanced. The bikes that we love and...
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