Learn to use your forks properly
Controlled movement for great handling
Until the mid-1990s, most bikes featured cheap damper-rod forks with overly soft springs and damping that worked only at specific suspension speeds. Tuning in those days was pretty much limited to fitting progressive-rate springs and changing the fork oil to broaden the performance window.
However, sportsbikes switched over to cartridge designs in the ’90s. These offer much more consistent performance, separate
rebound and compression damping functions and can be tuned more precisely over a larger range. If you are serious about racing, the internals can be changed for more precisely machined parts working in a different range to reflect the use you’ll be putting them to, hustling the bike around a track lap after lap.
‘Cartridge forks offer much more consistent performance’
Modern forks can be more precisely tuned over a larger range Plenty to fiddle with here; how much control do you want?
THE EXPERT Gareth Evans Worked in British Superbikes for many years, before starting Reactive Suspension in 2002. He now runs the Motorcycle Suspension School, at Reactive Suspension based in Sutton on the Forest near York