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Types of Front Motorcycle Suspensions, working and their differences

Comfort is something all bike riders love. Months of deliberation often ends up in you choosing a bike that’s the most comfortable for you. Motorcycle suspension systems are those parts of your bike that offer you cushion during a ride while also maintaining the balance of your bike, especially when you apply brakes.

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The traditional twin telescopic unit suspension systems are still in use, but they have been largely modified and in some cases, replaced for the better functioning of your bike.

Let’s know a bit more about some types of motorcycle suspension systems and their working mechanism.

1. Telescopic Fork Tubes

These are the most conventional bike suspension systems used. It consists of a hydraulic tube with an internal spring coil. One of its ends has two forks attached to the steering of your motorcycle, while the other attaches to the front wheel spindle. The end attached to the steering has T-clamps connecting the two parts. The spring coil has oil to ensure smooth functioning.

2. Upside Down Telescopic Forks

The upside-down telescopic forks are just that – upside down. The bottom part of the conventional telescopic fork, i.e., the sliders, are connected to the steering.

The spring coil, in this case too, contains oil for smooth functioning. This suspension system offers more stability but is faulty in terms of leakage. The oil seal of the top part might break, which would make it impossible for the system to work. This is different from conventional telescopic fork tubes because they can keep working even in case of oil leakage.

3. Saxon-Motodd Suspension

These motorcycle suspension systems contain one wishbone that connects the frame of your motorcycle to the twin telescopic sliders. This connection is typically at a point right above the wheel. The wishbone has a shock-absorber that offers better balance and stability during brake drive. Telescopic spring suspensions have been upgraded to offer better features in terms of pre-load (adjustment of the initial suspension according to the weight of the rider and the motorcycle) and damping (forks working to reduce internal oscillations).

Expensive bikes enable you to adjust pre-load according to the kind of road you will be riding on. Damping of the spring coil also helps with more cushioning during bumpy rides.

The telescopic forks are simple, cost-effective, lightweight, symmetrical, and easily modified. As a result, they are used more commonly than other motorcycle suspension systems.

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Bikes with other types of suspension systems are typically expensive and might require you to take a two-wheeler loan if you wish to buy them. Some other types of suspensions are Hossack suspension, trailing front link suspension, leading-link front suspension, girder suspension, springer suspension, and a suspension system with hub-mounted steering. These are different from telescopic suspensions in their connection points to the frame, the steering and the rear-wheel of your motorcycle. Some of them use triple clamps on multiple points of connection within the frame. The hub-mounted steering and suspension systems are the least commonly used suspension systems, due to the complexities that arise during manufacturing and setup.

Regardless of the suspension system your bike uses, you will seek comfort. This means investing in a bike that offers the best cushion while riding. Such bikes can cost you quite a lot of cash, especially if you seek other features that make your bike more efficient and sleek. Bajaj Auto Finance offers hassle-free loans with affordable interest rates. If you take a loan for your bike, installments can easily be paid online or offline. To inquire about a new loan, you can visit Bajaj Auto Finance’s website.

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