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by mark standley 15 Nov, 2017
For the 2nd consecutive year we will be hosting Dave Moss and conducting not only one, but two Suspension Seminars.
Dave’s mission is to ensure that every motorcyclist anywhere in the world gets the fundamental information needed to understand the basics of their own motorcycle’s suspension. With that information all can begin to understand why setting up a motorcycle chassis and suspension is critical to rider safety for every motorcycle produced.

We will be hosting a Road riders only, evening on Jan 2nd 2018 followed by a Race/Track riders only seminar on the evening of the 3rd Jan 2018.  The events will be catered with hot/cold refreshments alongside a buffet.

To enquire further and book your spot contact us through our website
by mark standley 14 Sep, 2017

WILL Shaw ended his EMRA regular season campaign on a high last weekend by winning two championships apiece - the Superstock 600 and Supersport 600.

Will, who has dominated the 600 ranks all year, opened up his double-header campaign on Saturday by snatching the overall and Marine Fabrication Supersport win from title rival Jed Bird.  Will, supportedby SSR Suspension is in his 2nd year racing at EMRA.  When we asked about his plans for next year he commented, 'I will sleep on it over winter', Will returns to Mallory park in October for the'Race of Champions'.

The annual, non-championship motorcycle race event, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, will once again attract a number of elite riders from the UKs premier racing championships to battle it out at the Leicestershire track on Sunday 22nd October as the Race of the Year returns to Mallory Park Circuit.

by mark standley 26 Aug, 2017
Redrat Racing team rider Ross Turner attended Dorna's prestigious British Talent Cup selection this week, Ross rode against a very strong field of riders from the British Isles to make the final selection. Ross will be riding in the 2018 British Talent Cup series which was formed to develop riders through Dorna’s Road to MotoGP™ program. The new Cup is designed as the perfect stepping-stone for riders from the British Isles to get onto the world stage, providing an opportunity like no other for young talent to grow and progress on the Road to MotoGP™. Races will take place at existing Dorna-run events - such as MotoGP™ and MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship weekends – and the riders will race on Honda Moto3™ machinery. Ross will continue to field the rest of the BSB Season this year in the standard Moto 3 series, providing valuable experience for next year.
@ 4 Jan 18
Its the New Year, so Happy New Year.  
Over the festive period we have secured our services with another club, we will very much look forward to seeing you guys now at the 'Welsh Road Race 2018' or 'The Welsh TT' as you may have heard it named.  This is going to be a big deal for alot of people so we are glad to be a part of the event and are hoping that it will be a huge success.  It will be interesting to see how the access to the event evolves over the next couple of months as it is partially situated on MOD Land 

@ 12 Dec 17
The 2018 Season is closing in on us, it is already Christmas and before long March will be here and we will be trackside once again.  So we are going back to Wales with the Wirral 100 Motorcycle Club who compete at 'Trac Mon', we will also be found supporting the Aintree Motorcycle club at their circuit in Liverpool.  Contact us for further information on the trackside support we can offer.   

@ 15 Nov 17
For the 2nd consecutive year we will be hosting Dave Moss and conducting not only one, but two Suspension Seminars.  Dave’s mission is to ensure that every motorcyclist anywhere in the world gets the fundamental information needed to understand the basics of their own motorcycle’s suspension. With that information all can begin to understand why setting up a motorcycle chassis and suspension is critical to rider safety for every motorcycle produced.

We will be hosting a Road riders only, evening on Jan 2nd 2018 followed by a Race/Track riders only seminar on the evening of the 3rd Jan 2018.  The events will be catered with hot/cold refreshments alongside a buffet.  To enquire further and book your spot contact us through our website contact-us

@ 11 Oct 17
So the racing season has come to a close, we are officially on winter workshop duties for the most part now.  We have enjoyed another great year both in and out of the paddock, meeting new people, helping new customers achieve their goals, providing quality workmanship to customers nationwide.  When you get customers driving their bikes in a van or on a trailer from the far corners of the country because they heard how meticulous we are only makes us eternally humble.  We hope to keep pushing next year in the same manner, on that note you will have noticed that we have announced a price change, as of 01st Nov 2017 our prices will rise in accordance with the industry and our competition.  Unlike some of our rivals our service costs include all parts with the exception of fork bushes which do not require under normal circumstances an annual change.  We also conduct all of our work in house and do not ship any components to other companies to complete on our behalf.  We concentrate mainly on the Road and Race scene, however we are also certified in Advanced Off Road applications by KYB (Technical Touch), so do not hesitate to contact us about any servicing needs there.

We will keep the news page updates as required but stay tuned to our social media pages as the winter continues and we plan for the 2018 Season.  Enjoy your down time and stay safe out there whatever you choose to do this winter ;-)

@07 Sept 17
Another Championship taken by an SSR Suspension supported rider, Ray Stevenson who has been competing in the 'Wirral 100' Golden Era Championship took grand honours this weekend, finishing just 2 points ahead of Tim Bradley in the championship and walking away as the SSR-Suspension Golden Era Cup Champion 2017.  Ray has had a competitive year with some setup issues rearing their head along the way, also to note 4th place in the Championship was another supported rider Damian Davies, who fully intends to lodge a campaign in 2018 on a change from his Kawasaki ZX-6R, opting instead for a faster Yamaha YZF-R6.

@ 28 Sept 17
We have been undergoing our Annual price review this week, as of 01st Nov 2017 our prices will rise, the rise in cost will reflect the professional knowledge and service that our customers receive alongside the fact that we do not skimp on service parts and only use the best seals and fluids in our work.  Prices will be revised and found on our 'Services' page prior to this date.  We continue to relish on our growing reputation and look forward to another busy year providing ultimate suspension services to you the customer.

@ 18 Sept 17
Not one but two of our supported riders this weekend competing in the Darley Moory Championshiphave taken multiple podium places alongside setting record lap times, Congratulations to Jason Wilkes & Lloyd Shelley, job well done.
With the Season nigh on at it's end, if you wish to look for support for the 2018 Season then do not hesitate to contact us as it is going to be a busy winter in the workshop.


@ 14 Sept 17
SSR Suspension supported rider 'WILL Shaw' ended his EMRA regular season campaign on a high last weekend by winning two championships apiece - the Superstock 600 and Supersport 600.  Will has competed hard all year giving himself an impressive lead in the tables and has certainly earned his Winter's rest, Well done Will from us here at SSR.


@ 28 Aug 2017
A cracking weekend was had by supported rider Lloyd Shelley running his Triumph Daytona 675 in the Thundersport GB Elite 600 class, SSR Suspension travelled upto Anglesey circuit on Friday and remained over the course of the weekend.  Over the course of the weekend we have been able to establish an area of handling which has been able to help Lloyd find vital grip and push even harder than he has before.  Cannock based Lloyd was able to bring home a podium every race with a P2 followed by 2 P1's in the Elite 600 class, noteably the most competitive and fastest group of 600 riders outside of BSB.  Lloyd is now looking good for a consecutive championship result with 25 clear points ahead of the next rider.


@ 25 Aug 2017
Redrat Racing team rider Ross Turner attended Dorna's prestigious British Talent Cup selection this week, Ross rode against a very strong field of riders from the British Isles to make the final selection.  Ross will be riding in the 2018 British Talent Cup series which was formed to develop riders through Dorna’s Road to MotoGP™ program. The new Cup is designed as the perfect stepping-stone for riders from the British Isles to get onto the world stage, providing an opportunity like no other for young talent to grow and progress on the Road to MotoGP™. Races will take place at existing Dorna-run events - such as MotoGP™ and MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship weekends – and the riders will race on Honda Moto3™ machinery.  Ross will continue to field the rest of the BSB Season this year in the standard Moto 3 series, providing valuable experience for next year.

@ 20 Aug 2017
TDM 900 Blog #2... 'It's a Set-Up!
Having secured our long-term test machine for a bang up-to-date suspension overhaul, our test pilot Ben Chadderton has been giving it a thorough ragging over Shrosphire’s roads to see where we stand straight off the dealers forecourt.   The TDM 900 employs old style damper rod suspension at the front with a fairly rudimentary system of pre-load and rebound adjustment, while the rear R1 type shock has the added luxury of compression damping to add to pre-load and rebound adjustment.  It’s all a bit soft and is intended to give a compromise between decent on-road manners and rider comfort but on budget stock suspension that’s always a big ask, Still, it’s better appointed than many bikes of its era and the having checked the machine over at purchase it soon became apparent to Ben that despite it’s low mileage and excellent all-round condition, it badly needed a baseline chassis set-up back at the workshop.

Consistent but somewhat misguided tinkering by previous owners, coupled with general age related tiredness of the stock units on the bike, meant that rather than being the benign used road blaster that MCN reviewed back in 2013, any hard braking, acceleration or dodgy surfaces badly upset the bike and had it bucking and diving down the road like a demented mule.  One and a half hours later, two coffees thrown in for Ben and just £35 laid out in the project expenditure sheet, ‘Hugo’ is now a different animal, after a Basic Chassis Set-Up by Mark Standley at the SSR workshop. 

It’s a no brainer really – for less than the price of a budget pair of gloves, or less than a tenth of the cost of a top-flight helmet the bike handles more as it should, or rather as Ben wants it to.   And it will have to as Ben and his wife intend giving it the ultimate touring assessment on stock suspension with a fully laden week-long tour in Northumbria in the next two weeks.

@15 Aug 2017
We are happy to announce that we are one of the first companies in the UK to be able to offer upgrades to the Showa Balance Free Fork, as fitted to the new Suzuki GSXR1000 and the Kawasaki ZX10R.  There are various upgrades available, which include a revised higher flowing piston kit, a spring relocation kit (with 2 pairs of springs)  allowing much faster spring changes and new preload adjusters allowing the use of a socket and not having to mar the substandard current preload adjusters.

@ 10 Aug 2017
TDM 900 Blog #1... 'The Great Pretender'
As the world discovers the delights of owning and riding true all-round bikes from the Versys to the Multistrada, it’s easy to overlook the humble Yamaha TDM which, over a quarter of a century ago, presented its gangly, bug-eyed gait to the world…and was promptly ignored by a large portion of the biking public.

True, its quirky looks didn’t help and frankly the later, restyled 850 and 900 successors did little to address the problem but lacklustre sales during its lifetime means that you can pick up this true jack-of–all trades for the price of many an aftermarket exhaust system on a newer and more exotic adventure bike.

If you don’t believe us, this is what Motorcycle News had to had to say about a TDM as a used buying proposition back in 2013;

"The Yamaha TDM900 is a street-biking oddball that’s as brilliant beating congestion as it is swinging bends. The parallel twin motor is spunky enough for fun, while the wide bars really let you take charge and hustle. It’s such an easy motorcycle to ride you could do it with your eyes shut"

A new Ducati Multistrada 950, bottom in price of the Italian company’s adventure bike range, will set you back the best part of £11,000, whilst you can pick up a great TDM900 for less than a third of that cost -complete with luggage, heated grips, hand guards and if you’re lucky an aftermarket gel seat.  In fact we paid £2700 for our fully loaded 2003 TDM900, showing just 22,000 on the clock. Far from a tired old nail it’s the perfect stock bike to show how we can catapult the handling and usability of the older machinery many of us own, into the realms of far more exotic, new machinery.

The SSR Project TDM900, dubbed ‘Hugo’ really will have to handle everything we can throw at it – from solo thrashes on the rough and ready surfaces of Shropshire and nearby mid-Wales with their attendant twists and turns, commuting and even long, testing miles with 2-up and full luggage.  The challenge is to make our 15 year-old motorcycle’s suspension match or outperform any number of the new machines you could wheel out of the showroom today.

First job will be to assess the current state of the stock suspension and put it, and rider Ben Chadderton, through one of our workshop based £35 basic chassis set-ups to provide a clear baseline for measuring the extent of work needed.

@ 08 Aug 2017
SSR Suspension will be working on a project bike over the next few months with one of our customers, the chosen bike is actually a Yamaha TDM 900.  We will be posting our progress here as the project evolves, so stay tuned to find out how the TDM evolves from a tired old steed into a capable mile muncher.


@ 05 Aug 2017
SSR Suspension to attend the first ever 'Broseley Festival of Motorcycling' event, we will be on hand to give advice and will be providing suspension setups on the day.  http://www.broseleyfestivalofmotorcycling.org/


@ 03 Aug 2017
SSR Suspension have fully committed to staying current with the increase in Social Media and we will now be running 2 platforms from which you may stay in touch.  You may find us on Instagram or Facebook by followingthe links at the bottom of this page.

 


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