You’ve probably heard this word used a lot, especially in the context of cars. Suspension is the system within a vehicle that finds the right balance between road handling and ride quality.
You’ve probably heard this word used a lot, especially in the context of cars. Suspension is the system within a vehicle that finds the right balance between road handling and ride quality. Getting it right can be difficult which is why engineers spend a lot of time working on vehicle suspension.
In simple terms, the goal of suspension is for the vehicle to take the impact of the friction between the road surface and the wheel, offering a smoother ride so that the rider is comfortable and won’t lose control of the vehicle.
Why do you need suspension?
If all roads were perfectly flat, we wouldn’t need suspension. However, that’s not the case with even new roads having slight bumps and dips. These imperfections in the road are what apply force to the wheel of a vehicle.
Newton’s laws of motion state that all forces have both magnitude and direction. When a wheel hits a bump in the road, it causes the wheel to move up and down perpendicular to the road. How high the wheel moves depends on the size of the bump in the road. What the wheel experiences over a bump is known as vertical acceleration.
Have you ever gone over a bump in the road and felt the full impact? That’s a sign of poor suspension. Having a Rear Fork Motorcycle
system where the energy is absorbed means the frame and body of the vehicle will continue undisturbed while the wheels follow bumps in the road.