Steve: Hi. I’m Steve Matthes, Transworld Motocross’ Editor at Large, and this week on the “Transworld Motocross How To,” presented by BikeBandit, we’re going to show you how to adjust your sag with this cool Motion Pro Sag Adjuster. Sag on a motorcycle is very, very important. I can’t stress enough that when you get the brand new motorcycle if you’ve never done your sag, you need to check it. It helps your rear suspension, and your front for that matter, work properly in each and every condition. This way too you’ll also know if your spring rate on the rear, suits your weight. So if I can recommend anything to anybody, it’s adjust your forks for the right height and adjust your sag. Very, very important and I will show you how this week.
All right, I’ve got my sweet Motion Pro Sag Tool and I’ve got a Sharpie marker. So what you want to do is put this in the hole of the axle. Find a spot on your fender that’s pretty much a straight line, adjust it accordingly, and find zero. So there we found zero right there, tighten this back up on the bottom and just for sanity’s sake, put a little mark there so you know you’re at zero. And that’s your base while the bike is on the stand with no weight on it. All right, so for this, we’ve got the Photo Editor of TransWorld Motocross, Brandon Lutes [SP], Lutes come on in. What size [inaudible 00:01:47] do you think I would need for this to adjust properly?
Brandon: What’s the biggest size?
Steve: They make like a 5.8, 6.0. Anyways, get on the bike.
Brandon: I don’t know what mine…I don’t know what’s in it right now.
Steve: Okay. So what we’ve got is we already know we’re at zero, I highly suggest that you and your buddy get together to do your sag. Dress up in your gear because your gear adds 10 to 15 pounds to your weight with boots and a helmet and everything. So to get precisely accurate, dress up in your gear, get your buddy to help you. So we’re at zero, we know we’re at zero on our mark. Lutes is at neutral…stay neutral on the bike, don’t shift back and forth, basically, sit where you would sit to ride the bike.
Brandon: Do you want to keep your feet in front of the footpegs?
Steve: It doesn’t really matter.
Brandon: It doesn’t?
Steve: All right, so what we have here with Lutes on it, we’re going to mark it back up to our mark and we are at 1.08. So from zero to 1.08 milimeters on our scale. So what we want, we want 105 for Lutes, for his speed and for his suspension settings, so let’s go to 105. I recommend a punch, here at the palatial TransWorld offices, no punch was available so we’re using a big screwdriver, but you can use one, too. Basically get in there, break the lock ring loose, give yourself a few threads, and now you’re ready for adjustment. Now we’re at 108, we want 105, so what we want to do is we want to go less. So we want to turn the spring, we want to tighten the spring down in a clockwise position to get less sag. If you need more, you back it off. So just reach in there, one complete turn and you could put a magic marker in there or just eyeball. One complete turn is about 4 millimeters. That’s a good guideline to know how many turns to go. I went almost one turn all around. Now, let’s remeasure. All right, we’ve got Lutes back on and as you can see instead of 105, I’m actually at 102 right now, so I need to give him a little bit more sag. And as you can see right now, we’re at 105, so we’re perfect for where he wants to go. And the bike will handle like a dream, it will handle the bumps better, and like I recommend, adjusting the sag is key.
And that has been this week’s “TransWorld Motorcross How To,” presented by BikeBandit.
Adjust that sag.