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#1001677 - 11/29/17 05:24 PM Re: Rear Shock Compatibility [Re: McDuugle]  
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Here with my 5 cents' worth: I have a Honda 800 with twin rear shocks which I replaced with Hagon last year. My weight, riding style and luggage info was requested when ordering.
After riding the bike for almost two years, I can't say they gave me the 'magic carpet ride' that many Ohlins owners claim. I'm not unhappy as the original rear shocks were not stellar. But can't claim the Hagon's were leaps and bound above the original factory ones either.


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#1001702 - 11/30/17 01:36 AM Re: Rear Shock Compatibility [Re: McDuugle]  
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And here's another $0.02 worth:

Best advice I got (from forums, too) was to call Ted Porter at The BeemerShop The Beemer Shop. I did, and am very glad I did.

I called, left a message, and Ted Porter himself called me back on a Saturday evening. He asked a ton of questions; the bike, me, my riding style, extra loads, pillion, types of roads, tires, the condition of the bike, plans for the bike, etc, etc, etc.

It is a '99 R1100S, no pillion, sport touring, sometimes 50-60 lbs camping gear, 15K miles on it. He recommended Wilbers, for several reasons. It turns out he has these on his '99 R1100S as well. Not the most expensive choice, but the best choice everything considered.

That was a little over a year ago. Two months ago I ordered a second set for a K1200RS. Same procedure.

He will talk suspension and share his knowledge whether you buy from him or not




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#1001703 - 11/30/17 03:12 AM Re: Rear Shock Compatibility [Re: TonyRS]  
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You need to compare apples to apples.
Hagon twin shocks have 3 levels of damping for their shocks.
So three pre assembled damping units to build off of.
They select the correct spring for the riders weight and the percentage a passenger is present then assemble.

That's why the reasonable price

Ohlins and other high end shocks custom build a damper unit with the damping valve shimmed and sprung to the exact needs.
Not every order or motorcycle needs a thousand dollar shock .

A Honda 800 cruiser will not handle like an R1 with Ohlins on it or whatever suspension changes one makes to it.
The chassis just isn't the foundation for that.
It will however wallow less, scrape less and not transfer jolts to the riders spine.


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#1001817 - 12/02/17 07:16 PM Re: Rear Shock Compatibility [Re: McDuugle]  
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Originally Posted by McDuugle
Hagons seem like the best deal in town. Will end up going for those more than likely. Will probably skip the preload to keep cost down.


Glad you are going for new VS bone yard OEM shocks as ultimately they are a wear component, as you found out after springing a fluid leak. Unless you are juggling the load often between single and two up+ gear, skipping the remote preload adjuster probably would not be missed. I still recommend you replace front and rear, but maybe you can spread that out between two seasons if the budget just isn't going to let you buy both at the same time.

Let's us know how it turns out.


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#1001937 - 12/04/17 05:25 PM Re: Rear Shock Compatibility [Re: McDuugle]  
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Not sure if you are interested but I have a used Ohlins rear shock. I bought an 1100GS two years ago and this past summer sold it to a friend. To get the price down to $2000 we agreed that I would keep the Ohlins shocks and Staintune exhaust. I put the front Ohlins on my 1150GS but the rear only fits 1100's. I would guess that a fair price might be $450.

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