How does MonoShock Suspension work?
Originally, Yamaha developed the monoshock suspension to improve the performance of its bikes in motocross competition. Some manufacturers use the term “flying suspension” for monoshock suspension. This is because it provides a great deal of stability in the jumps and landings of the bike.
In addition, this suspension design uses single (mono) shock absorber bigger in size, with a stronger spring fitted on its outside. The monoshock is usually positioned near the center of the bike’s chassis.
One of its ends attaches to the chassis and the other end to the rear swing-arm of the bike which attaches to the rear wheel. As the wheel moves up or down the monoshock absorber is either collapsed or extended further.
Consequently, this enables longer stroke for the shock absorber, thus resulting in longer travel for the rear wheel. Since this suspension is located closer to the bike’s center, it helps to improve agility & handling of the bike.
With some minor design changes, the bike manufacturers have developed their own design. Thus, they have branded their Monoshock suspensions to make their products stand out in the competition.
Manufacturers use the following brand names for their designs.
Motorcycle Manufacturers & Their Bikes having Monoshock Suspension:
In addition, many bike manufacturers in the world choose Monoshock suspension as a preferred design for their sports & performance bikes. Following are some bikes with monoshock suspension:
- Honda CBR 250R
- Hyosung GT250R
- Kawasaki Ninja
- KTM Duke, RC 200
- KTM Duke, RC 390
- Yamaha FZS
- YZF R15
- Yamaha Fazer
- Yamaha FZ 16
- TVS Apache RTR 180
However, the current motorcycles and cars use the revised updated platform of monoshock absorbers. It includes an electronically controlled damping system called as Electronic Damping System or EDS, which the high-end sports bikes employ.