TECH WATCH

Find­ing the per­fect bal­ance of fork damp­ing Q

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Al­most all sus­pen­sion feels good on smooth sur­faces, but only some car­ries on feel­ing good over bumps.

De­sign­ing damper pis­tons that flow fluid in­side forks and shocks, and the shim stacks to con­trol them, takes time and money. It also costs money to keep in­ter­nal fric­tion at bay. That’s why a set of Öh­lins su­per­bike forks will set you back thou­sands. You’re pay­ing for the pre­ci­sion of the ma­chin­ing, the ac­cu­racy of the damper car­tridge bore, and trick coat­ings on mov­ing parts. That mat­ters if you’re try­ing to out­brake Alex Lowes.

But some­times you won­der if sus­pen­sion feel is also about com­pany phi­los­o­phy. For many

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