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Best Shock For A Smooooth Ride?

Hi Gents,

I know there has been plenty of talk regarding non stock Bobber shocks, almost a little too much which at times has this old head of mine spinning. I find the ride on my Bobber with standard shock, well best described as 'jarring'.. So it is only a mater of time before an upgrade will be on the cards. However with the substantial cost involved I want to make the right choice for ME.

For reference I'm around 175lb or 12˝ stone in old money. And I'm a pretty sedate rider looking for comfort and a 'soft' smooth ride or as much as is reasonably practicable.

So with that in mind can I ask for comments in regards one specific question; if You have a non stock shock (Fox included) how would you rate your after market shock specifically in regards how it fairs for a 'smooth' ride?

Very grateful for any input.

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I have the Matris version and the ride is smoother but don't expect miracles. Hard bumps still give you a little "lift" but much less jarring.

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I'm 190 lbs. I have given up my sports bike days so I am now a rather sedate rider. The Fox shock serves me well. I have never used anything but stock and Fox so I can't comment on anything else.
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Thanks Gents,

I forgot t mention could you rate your specific aftermarket shock from 1-10. 1 being no different to stock, 10 being you don't think it could be improved upon.

This might make it easier (for me) to compare.

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Thanks Gents,

I forgot t mention could you rate your specific aftermarket shock from 1-10. 1 being no different to stock, 10 being you don't think it could be improved upon.

This might make it easier (for me) to compare.

Cheers,

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I’m interested in the benefits, if any, for a relatively light guy at 140 lbs. I hear heavier guys, with stock shock, have a jarring time at low speed “bumps”,whereas I’m generally ok with those. But at higher speeds, it can be a bit unsettling but I come from the Harley world where it’s all a bit unsettling... haha.

So is it worth it for us lighter riders and if so, which shock is best suited for it.
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Roy, a shock will make a difference, but you are still stuck with the limited rear wheel travel on the Bobber/Speedy. The Stelvio I had was a carpet ride over anything but the travel on front or rear on that was huge, so it gave the shocks a chance to decelerate the movement smoothly, as opposed to having to do it in a shorter distance on the Bobber
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As Chico and others have pointed out there is limited travel with whatever shock you fit. You will still get a jolt from big bumps where the shock runs out of travel. The Nitron I fitted has adjustable preload and comes preset to the weight you supply them. The damping has twenty adjustment points. I am still working on that to optimise it, but it does give a less "busy" ride for me on smoother roads. The damping seems to be doing its job better than oem, it isn't night and day, but it is noticeably better.
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As Chico and others have pointed out there is limited travel with whatever shock you fit.

You are absolutely right!!! A Bobber has 77mm of rear travel. By comparison, a BMW R nineT - which is a relatively tight handling motorcycle - has 120mm of rear travel. A BMW R1200GS has 220mm of rear travel! Regardless of shock when you hit a big bump the Bobber is going to bust your butt.

With my Fox shock set to a few clicks below the softest ride I still get hammered on manhole covers and big tar strips.

I think Triumph missed the boat when they didn't put the seat on springs. It would have been a classic look and perhaps an improvement to the ride. Just saying.
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I think Triumph missed the boat when they didn't put the seat on springs. It would have been a classic look and perhaps an improvement to the ride. Just saying.[/QUOTE]

I totally agree. Years back I had a sprung seat on an old HD Sportster (with suspension) and not only loved the look but enjoyed that extra bit of comfort. You would only need a little movement in the seat to improve things and I think it is doable so as not to interfere with the shock. Perhaps another product an aftermarket company could consider?

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