Suspension setup and the rider’s ability to make chang- es have been on an upscale curve ever since Maico
moved the shocks forward on their AW lineup. Today’s
suspension systems are technologically advanced with
forks that are so sophisticated that dialing them in can
be both a study in patience or an evil moniker that can
ruin your ride. This story is part one of “Suspension 101,”
the suspension code according to Jim “Bones” Bacon.
Bones is a Pro Circuit legend and the king of their suspension division. He has tweaked clickers, set sag and rebuilt
shocks for Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Danny
Hamel, Johnny Campbell, Chad Reed, James Stewart and
Ryan Villopoto. He is a dictionary of knowledge, facts and
numbers when it comes to suspension, and our lead-off
story is Bones’ top-five fork tips.
The suspension code,
according to Bones
Jim “Bones” Bacon
is the master suspension chef at Pro Circuit
Racing. His resume is
packed with championships, his arsenal of
knowledge legendary in
the suspension world.
If you talk with any factory motocross
team they will tell you point blank that
suspension balance and harmony is the
single most important facet of racing.
Proper setup affects cornering, stability,
jumping attitude and control.