- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: David Bull Publishing,U.S. (15 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893618455
- ISBN-13: 978-1893618459
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 27.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 658 g
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Sportbike Suspension Tuning: How to Set Up Your Bike for Handling, Stability, and Control on the Street and Track Paperback – 15 Apr 2008
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Sportbike Suspension Tuning is an outstanding primer on a complex subject, and Trevitt leads us logically from ignorance to wisdom . . . The basic question for the reader: can this material be used effectively in the real world of riding on the road and on track. Answer: definitely. Trevitt has produced a manual of high quality and daily usefulness, written in direct and accessible language.
As usual with David Bull books, this is a beautifully produced offering with photographs of exceptional clarity (mostly by the author, the various sport-bike manufacturers, Marc Cook, and Riles & Nelson) that along with the diagrams illustrate the text beautifully. Highly recommended.
Trevitt's book neither insults the intelligence nor baffles us with arcane terminology or concepts. He starts with the basics and ends up explaining anti-squat via all points in between, all helped with copious color photos and a few diagrams. For the life of me I can't think of another book in English that covers the same sort of terrain, so I suspect that there's an audience for the information in this 128-page softback. It's published by David Bull Publishing for $24.95, which given the state of the dollar on the international exchange markets, makes it a bit of a bargain.
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Anywho the book should literally be required reading for people doing trackdays or if they are going to at the least try to optimize their suspension. 99%+ of people I've run into don't have the first clue how motorcycle suspensions work and will aimlessly turn screws. With the super advanced nature of modern super sport motorcycle suspensions this is a baaaaad move and you'll wind up with an unpredictable and downright dangerous bike. Once you understand what the dynamic and static suspension adjustments do and how/why you should adjust them you are better suited to adjust them. Long story short: Get this book! Like I said if you have a certain Penske rear shock and want to know how to rebuild it, this isn't the book for you. If you're new to sport bikes and are going to be doing trackdays and want to not sound like an idiot when you go to get your suspension adjusted by an expert: READ THIS BOOK! You don't want to know how often people start explaining all the adjustment they've done to their damping, preloads, steering dampers, etc to a suspension tuner only to have them put everything back to stock specs (and often times fix the weird problems the user was experiencing).
After reading the Motorcycle Suspension Bible, I wanted another reference for tuning the suspension on motorcycles. I was recommended this book because of the technical expertise of the author, Andrew Trevitt, from Sport Rider. However, after reading the book I found it to be just as generic as the Suspension Bible, but the photographs did help in showing where the adjustments are found as well as the different suspension designs. The troubleshooting guide isn't that much different from the one provided in Lee Parks' Total Control or the Suspension Bible. It seems a lot of the adjustments are based on a bunch of variables that can change dramatically depending on the rider and conditions. Overall, I found it to be more geared towards advanced riders and racers. For beginners to intermediate riders that don't really need that extra 0.1 of a second from a lap will find the book educational, but not as mandatory or useful.
Overall: 4/5 stars