Wheel slip on dry pavement

Jul 11, 2010
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Rear shocks play a big part in how a tyre grips the road in corners and how hard you can push it through those corners and the Commando motors are very torquey in their rev range, even better if you have a few goodies done to the motor, but if your rear shocks aren't up to it you will lose grip when pushing it, it only took me a short time when I brought my 850 Commando new and within a short time I invested in a set of Koni shocks set them up right and adjusted for my weight and use and the lost grip disappeared and I can tell you its pretty scary when you lose grip when pushing it hard in corners, but its more dangerous if you back off the throttle.
When I first converted my hot 850 to the Featherbed frame it took me sometime to learn how the Featherbed reacted to power in the corners compared to the way the Commando did, being a shorter wheel base and I am still running the same Koni shocks to this day, when powering in the corners the torque of the motor pushes the shocks down and the rear tyre just grips so well and I do push my tyres to the limit.
In my younger days I lost my rear tyre from pushing the Commando too hard in some tight corners twice but have never lost it on the Featherbed, the Featherbed has a lot more torque than the stock Commando ever had, so suspension plays a big part in how the rear grips the road and if not set up right it will bite you on the arse and getting your gearing right as well.