Be honest – can you explain a word like “suspension sag” without looking it up?
I don’t blame you, though – it’s not easy. And there are more words related to motorcycle suspension that might leave you scratching your head.
But don’t worry – because in this blog post, you’ll discover the definition of 6 common (and sometimes confusing) motorcycle suspension terms.
Term #1: Suspension travel
Term #2: Suspension preload
The suspension preload is how much the suspension coil spring when it supports the bike’s weight – and ONLY the bike’s weight.
This means that if someone’s sitting on the bike, suspension preload does NOT apply.
Term #3: Sprung weight
The suspension supports several things on your bike, such as the engine, the frame, and the fuel tank (or battery for electric bikes).
The weight of everything the suspension supports is known as “sprung weight.”
Term #4: Unsprung weight
Term #5: Spring rate
Term #6: Suspension sag
- “I did the ton”