2.) Bleed the fork when you get to the track, then do not
touch it again. Bones says bleed the air buildup when the
fork is cold. When you start constantly bleeding it during
the day, the warmer conditions actually create a vacuum
and build negative pressure. It’s for this reason that he
steers clear of push-button bleeders.
1.) Do not tie the bikes down and compress the fork dramatically when traveling! No, it’s not going to sack out your
fork springs, but it will build up pressure and cause an ailment called “seal burn,” where oil will actually blow through
the seal and leak down the tube. Bones says that it is very
important on long cross-country trips to pay attention to
this. He has seen forks bleed most of their oil onto the bed
of the van by the time the bikes were unloaded. The cure (if
it’s just minor seepage): pop off the dust cover and spray
contact cleaner all the way around the seal.
Full compression hits usually
tax the body more than the
suspension dampers. Still, getting the final third of the travel
to ramp up and ‘soak’ the load
Bones says to bleed your
fork first thing. Put it
on a stand, unladened
and then back the bleed
screw out all the way.
Above: The top photo of the
CRF450 tied down in the truck is
way too compressed. The second
shot is more in hunt, Maybe one
third of the travel at the most. If
you must really secure your bike
use a tie down in back too, this
will compress the shock and hold
the machine steady in the vehicle.