Sport Touring Suspension Setup

With the ever changing loads and long rides Sport Touring riders face on a daily basis it is critical to make sure the bike is setup properly. Adding a passenger or other heavy load will cause the bike to steer poorly and become hard to manage in the turns. With a quick sag adjustment, you can easily make the adjustment for a passenger or extra weight. Slacker makes keeping the bike balanced quick and easy so you will always Enjoy Your Ride!

Why is setting sag on sport touring bikes so important?

Sport touring bike setup is based on the bike sitting at a particular height and posture with the rider mounted, regardless of the weight of the rider and load. This means that every rider needs to measure the rider sag and adjust the spring preload so the bike handles properly. In some cases it may be necessary to get heavier or softer springs which can easily be determined by looking at your static sag measurement once your rider sag is set. If you add a passenger or load the bike down, you need to adjust the bike back to where it was so it steers properly and is safe and predictable. Don't put yourself or your passenger in harm's way, even if you have no experience setting up motorcycle suspension, this sag tool makes it super fast and easy to make sure the bike is setup properly and keeps you safe and making miles! With just a couple of simple measurements, you can get your spring preload dialed in and verify if you have the right spring rates installed. Just use our Service Assistant mobile app for recommended settings and tips.

How often should I check my sag?

With sport touring bikes, we recommend checking it every time there is a significant load change or every 2-3 rides, depending on which comes first.

Do I need to service my ADV bikes suspension?

Yes, you should get the suspension serviced every 20-30 hours of riding. As the fluids break down and bushings and seals wear, the suspension will start to perform poorly. Also remember to grease any linkage, pivot points and shock mount points whenever you service the suspension.