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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 329 > KNOW YOUR SUSPENSION


Without those bouncy bits at both ends of your bike, riding your beloved steed would be a right pain in the arse – literally. We chatted to JWR’s suspension supremo James Wood to get a better grasp of how they work and what goes wrong…

Tech Talk

Look after your suspension and it’ll look after you!

FB: How crucial are the right weight springs?

JW: Fitting the right springs to your bike is crucial. Too soft and the bike will squat, causing it to run wide. Too hard and the bike with feel vague, or chatter. Either way, it won’t be a nice experience. Manufacturers often err on the side of being overly sprung with the standard springs fitted. So chances are you’re not getting the best from your bike, as balancing the bike on the springs is essential. It is the foundation for a good setup.

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Welcome to the Summer 2017 issue. This month, a digital exclusive... Watch 10 videos from our massive Sportsbike of the year feature. 8 of the best but only 1 winner! Plus, Honda CBR600RR Buyer's guide, BMW HP4 race, Ponies for pennies, Wanna race the TT? Know your suspension, The two-stroke comeback, best used bike investments. Fast Bikes is home to the best sportsbike tests on the planet and is packed with new bike launches, technical insight, hardcore action, masterclasses, racing, reviews and loads more.