Kratos Motorsports distributor of K-tech Suspension is excited on the invitation of KBSHM PHR racing team to support the Pakelo Free Track Day dan Pakelo Time Attack on the 24 Mac 2019 at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC)We will showcase the experts form our dealerships to provide suspension setup and suspension tuning. We have suspension packages suited for basic, intermediate and advance riders. We also provide suspension check up FOC. Call/Whatapp Kratos on 018-2199365 for further info. Terms and conditions apply.Again our sincere thanks to KBSHM PHR Racing Team and the event main sponsor PAKELO.
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In our previous post, we talked about what to consider when adjusting your motorbike suspension, and in this segment, we would like to elaborate more on how rebound and compression damping works.
1. What is Damping?
Simply put, damping is what influences and controls the compression and extension (or rebound) of the suspension system. Unless a damper mechanism is coupled with a suspension system, the fork and rear suspension will extend and compress without control until it comes to a stop; pretty much making your ride a very uncomfortable one. A damper is basically a shock absorber with a piston and hydraulic fluid (commonly oil) mechanism, where during compression the piston moves downwards compressing the fluid in the lower chamber of the damper, and during extension the piston moves upwards compressing the fluid in the upper chamber. Compression damping and rebound damping work hand in hand to make your riding experience a lot safer and better. Here’s how:
2. Compression Damping
Compression damping assists the suspension system in absorbing bumps, impacts, or any kind of irregularity on roads. It reduces the severity of the wheel upward motion by dampening and controlling and limiting the suspension compression, subsequently helping you control your motorcycle better. There are essentially two kinds of compression damping; low speed damping and high speed damping. Speed here is not in reference to the motion of the bike, but rather the compression motion of suspension.
3. Low Speed Compression Damping (LSCD)
LSCD refers to a lower speed at which the compression happens, and is the basic compression damping circuit that is available on all range of motorcycles. It serves as the initial line of compression dampening, mainly to control the suspension compression cause by the sprung weight of your motorcycle, including your own bodyweight. It also regulates the suspension compression during braking and when going over uneven roads. It is not however as effective when riding over bigger or more angled bumps, and higher drops. For that, you’ll need a High Speed Compression Damper.
4. High Speed Compression Damping (HSCD)
HSCD is used to dampen more drastic compression motions like after a bigger or more angled bump on the road, or a deep pothole. Serving its purpose as the LSCD, the HSCD circuit regulates the compression motion when there is a high speed compression. So instead of experiencing a sudden drop of sprung weight towards the ground, the circuit controls the drop and stabilizes the compression speed. Both LSCD and HSCD are adjustable circuits.
5. Rebound Damping
Rebound damping on the other hand controls the extension of the suspension system as it returns to its original position after a compression. It is a different circuit altogether and the reason why they are separated is because both rebound and compression damping require different levels and mechanisms of damping. Similar to compression damping, a rebound damping circuit relies on oil moving throughout the circuit to assist with regulating and controlling the speed of the suspension rebound. It does more work than a compression damper because it needs to regulate the suspension kick-back, while supporting the sprung weight of the bike, hence making it slightly different from a compression damping circuit. Rebound damping is also an adjustable circuit, and a huge factor in riding comfort and safety.
When making adjustments for your compression and rebound damping circuits, be sure to consult a professional because you will need to find a balance between too much damping and too little damping. You don’t want a suspension system that is unstable and bounces too much, or something that is too rigid. We at Kratos Motorsports offer professional suspension tuning, and with our K-Tech technology, riders can make compression damping, rebound damping, and preload adjustments to match their riding requirements. Get in touch with us to enhance your riding experience!
Riding motorbikes is a fun experience we all love and enjoy. Unlike the fun, not all riders know how to properly maintain the bike particularly in terms of suspension. Now, any motorbike enthusiast will tell you how important adjusting the suspension is. The suspension aids stability and ensures that the rider has a comfortable ride. Therefore, you must make the necessary changes according to your weight and height so as to achieve the right suspension.
Before delving deeper into the components that play part in suspension adjustment, it is crucial to inspect the chain tension, shock, steering-head bearings, and tire pressure/ treads for optimal performance of the bike. That said, here are the major components affecting suspension;
1. The Preload
The preload adjuster works by changing the shock or fork spring of the bike. Increasing it rises the bike while decreasing it lowers it on the suspensions. Another thing to consider while adjusting the preload is the sag. Don’t know what that is? Sag is the bike’s suspension with the rider on it. By adjusting it accordingly, that is, depending on your weight, you can be guaranteed of a stable and smooth ride. The sag can also be adjusted though the preload adjuster which is located at the fork tube.
2. Compression Damping
This function is responsible absorbing the impact once a rider hits a bump. As such, it is important to adjust it to secure your own safety and that of the bike’s chassis. You will not want to keep repairing the chassis all the time. When the compression damping is stiff, you will feel the impact and if it is insufficient, it leads to excessive compression of the suspension. However, exercise caution when turning the compression damping adjuster. Tightening it beyond the maximum will cause internal mechanism damage.
3. Rebound Damping
At all times, the rebound damping should restrict the tires to the ground after you jump over a bump. Hence this suspension function assists the bike to resume to its original position. If the rebound is too fast or too slow for both the front and rear, keep applying manual pressure and changing the setting each time until it takes not less or more than a second to resume position.
The bike’s trail is aimed at achieving proper steering balance. The Trail is measured in distance (inches or millimeters) between the point of the front wheel’s contact with the ground and a line drawn through the axis of the steering head. You want to avoid hard steers and fast steers as well. Failure to which, you could cause an accident.
Suspension adjustment largely relies on the above functions and one should record the setting before and after resetting, in case you want to go back to the original settings. After making the adjustments, take the bike for a test drive in a no-traffic area and see if the adjustments work.
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We had a brilliant two days at Malaysia Speed Festival 2018 Round 6 this year! As the proud sponsors of this event, we were able to get right in front of all the action.
Malaysia Speed Festival held at Sepang International Circuit remains one of the most popular motorcycle race events in Malaysia. It’s our favourite event and we’re grateful for the opportunity to sponsor MSF this year. Our team at Kratos Motorsports always have such a great time and we’re truly sad its over for the year!
Round 6 of the festival featured MSS Supervise Racing, MSF Drift Gonzo and a MegaLap Time Attack. at Sepang International Circuit (SIC). As the final round for this year’s racing season, MSF held races in several categories for both four- and two-wheelers, including F4 SEA open wheel racing.
For the final round of this festival, we brought Chris Taylor and Chris Nash from K-Tech Suspension over from the UK for a clinic session. Over the two days, they held two sessions where they demonstrated the proper technique and setups on race motorbike suspension. We had a great turnout of over the two days, learnt invaluable information and were even able to see a live demonstration on a Kawasaki.
The K-Tech Suspension team were thrilled to attend the event and are looking forward to grow their products and expertise in the Malaysian market.
We thank the entire MSF team for such an well organised event and we can’t wait for next season with new races and an additional rounds to come!