Setting Your Sag
Having a proper sag measurement on your ADV bike is the single most important factor to an ideal suspension setup, period. From here, this will act as a baseline when tuning any other setting on the suspension.
In simple terms, free sag is the distance (or measurement) that the motorcycle settles under its own weight with both wheels on the ground. Furthermore, race sag refers to the same measurement, but with the added weight of a fully-geared rider—this is the number we should pay most of our attention to.
Having either too much or too little sag will affect the geometry of the motorcycle, which impacts its behavior both on road and off road. In general, most adventure motorcycles ride best with 30% race sag of its total suspension travel.
In case you’re unfamiliar with how to find and adjust your sag measurement, we’ve broken down the process in a previous article. Grab a couple friends, a tape measure and riding gear, and you’ll be on your way to the perfect sag number!
Remember that setting your sag isn’t just a one-time operation. Especially if you are an ADV or dual sport tourer, adding weight to your motorcycle is going to affect its sag numbers.
Large bags, Zega panniers, or other accessories are going to cause the motorcycle to squat more than it normally would. Setting off on a long road trip with a hefty load? Be sure to check out that sag number with the bike fully loaded before departing.