In this paper an optimal design is proposed which can be used by the suspension designer to maximize the performance of a given motorcycle suspension. The subject matter is developed by presenting an analytical model of the suspension. A digital simulation is performed in both the frequency and time domains. A set of performance criteria is established based on the results obtained in both the time and frequency domains. Objective functions are formulated based on the performance criteria and the range of input values. A numerical optimization technique is used to calculate the optimal parameters. The results are plotted and presented in tables. The optimized results are verified by experiment and conclusions are drawn.

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