Adjust The Shocks On A Motorcycle

Adjusting the air shocks on a motorcycle can allow for easier wear on the motorcycle shocks, tires and bike itself, and allow for a more comfortable ride for you. It is an easy process to complete and could make a huge difference in the way you ride.


1. Consider what you are trying to accomplish by adjusting your motorcycle air shocks. Rider comfort is one of the important factors, but you also want to make sure your fender does not bottom out on the rear wheel.

2. Know how many pounds of pressure you need for your riding style. For solo riders, you need 10 to 15 lbs. of pressure per shock. When riding with another person or traveling with a full satchel, it will need to be around 20 lbs. You never want to go over 35 lbs. of pressure.

3. Get the appropriate air shock pump for your bike. These are sold at motorcycle shops and after-market accessories shops. If you can’t find one in your local shop, ask if they can special order it for you. Or look online at the manufacturer’s website or online store.

4. Tighten the pump onto the air shock. Let it register the current pounds of pressure, then pump it up until the gauge reads the desired pounds of pressure. To test and make sure your lines aren’t leaking, allow the pump to sit on the air shock for 30 minutes, then check the gauge to see if it has decreased. If you pump too much in, use the release valve on the pump to let some air out.