Suspension tuning is frequently described as an art, akin to magic. Certainly someone who understands suspension tuning can effect changes to a bike that can seem magical. If you have thought of trying to learn a little something about this complex topic, Race Tech has all the info you need now available in dead tree form.
Now this is certainly not the first motorcycle suspension tuning guide out there. There is Motorcycle Suspension Technology in Detail from Wilbers, Sportbike Suspension Tuning by Andrew Trevitt, among others. But now there is also Race Tech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible, and this is certainly one of the best received and comes from a very well respected suspension company. Be warned, this is not light reading! But for someone who wants to really understand how to get the most out of your suspension, it is arguably a must-read.
Here's what Race Tech says:
Race Tech, the largest motorcycle suspension modifier in the world releases the Motorcycle Suspension Bible. Based on Paul Thede’s wildly popular Race Tech Suspension Seminars taught around the world, this step-by-step guide shows anyone how to make their bike, or their kid’s, handle like a pro’s. The book includes Paul Thede’s personal stories of famous dirt and road racers who were able to overcome suspension problems with his help and win races and even championships.
Race Tech’s Motorcycle Suspension Bible provides a clear understanding of the most misunderstood aspect of motorcycle performance. This being the three forces of suspension; testing procedures; and the black art of chassis geometry. Paul Thede explains it all in his book. The book provides step-by-step photos of suspension disassembly and assembly as well as detailed troubleshooting guides for dirt, street, and supermoto–promising a solution to virtually any handling problem.
Race Tech’s Motorcycle Suspension Bible comes in paperback, has a page count of 256 and contains over 525 color photos and illustration. The book retails for $34.99 US and is available at Race Tech [editor: or Amazon].
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Paul Thede: Paul Thede is widely considered the ultimate motorcycle suspension guru. He is the owner and chief engineer of Race Tech, the largest motorcycle suspension modifier in the world. Paul’s mechanical engineering degree along with racing and practical experience benefits those interested in suspension tuning. He contends that great handling comes from superior suspension and suspension is the key to riding with speed and control.
Lee Parks: Lee Parks is the author of the best-selling riding skills book Total Control. Based on his internationally renowned Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics, Total Control is considered by many to be the riding skills bible. Parks formerly edited Motorcycle Consumer News, Motorcycle Product News, and Motorcyclist magazines.