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My only question is, where can you put a compressor and tank on the bike to raise and lower it on demand....woowoo

 

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Ohlins also debuted their air forks at the Milan show.  While it's quite apparent that Ohlins knows what they're doing, I am left with two questions: how is the spring rate determined (air being near infinitely compressible), and how does one set the pre-load correctly for a given motorcycle and rider?
 

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Better yet...what about the constant adjusting due to air temp, barometric pressures, etc? Do these variables have minimal influence on the suspension geometry specifics of these units?

Here is a pic of the forks for the lazy members.

 

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'Air' is a pretty loose term. Many gases (like nitrogen) don't have the heat issues, and its properties are far more predicatble than air. I'm guessing this is what they use.
 

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nitrogen is a more stable gas. i believe F1 and CART and probably others use it for the tires among other things.
 

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Insane!

 

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Somehow the thought of the seal sliding over a rock ding and evacuating the air cylinder leaves me a bit nonplussed at 80 mph while cranked over full-tilt. I'm sure they have figured this into the design, but breaking a spring is pretty hard to do under the worst of conditions, but would be catastrophic for the bike and rider if it ever happened.

Fox wouldn't even send me a prototype shock for my 929 because they thought the swingarm might touch the piggyback and vent the system. We're talking death benefits here, not just incidentals . . .
 
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