3. It’s always the bike’s fault


Sorbo sums the issue up in three words: “Coasting is evil.”

If you want your bike to handle better in a problem corner, make sure you’re on the gas or on the brakes. The suspension gets stabilized by the load. So, you’re either pushing it down with the brakes or lifting it up with acceleration. When coasting, the suspension is not loaded and therefore unstable. Stay on the gas or the brakes, and don’t be wishy-washy and coast if you want the suspension to work at its best.

Bonus misconception: The back of a motorcycle squats under acceleration. In reality, the rear suspension extends. Don’t believe this? Watch a bike on a dyno or look at a picture of a bike doing a wheelie. The squatting sensation comes from your butt being compressed into the seat.