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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Pushed the button on a new shock

So, I've just placed my order for a custom Hagon rear shock built to accommodate my current fighting weight when geared up. Really helpful chap on the phone and roughly a week turnaround for it to be built and shipped, although my garage is still pretty chaotic after moving house so I'm not in a huge rush.

While I haven't found the standard shock as terrible as other reports I've read, I can definitely sense the bike getting unsettled over bumpy roads and have hit the stops a few time on larger dips. I've also braced myself for impact on more occasions that I feel I should have so this definitely seems like a sensible move.

I'll do my best to post pictures of the shock when it arrives and unless I forget of the replacement too.

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Nice!
Look forward to your comparison and review.
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Well done,

Looking forward to some pic and your thoughts.

Cheerio,

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Well, that was a quick turnaround.

I've just had a call to say my shock has been built and is being dispatched today for delivery tomorrow. Now that is what you call service.

Only slight downside is that I'm not really ready to install it yet, my garage is still in post-moving chaso and I was hoping for a few more days

Photos and report to follow
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Look what arrived today (cue awful unwrapping type post).

Looks great and feels nicely heavyweight. Just need to find the opportunity to install it now.

What delights lurk inside?


A springy burrito


Handsome looking thing


Reward time
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Looks like a quality piece.
Time to finish the reward and put it on
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just took my baby back from the dealer yesterday, Wilbers 540 rear shock fitted now, could not test it properly so far, but it felt better on my way back home
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-17-2019, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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The weekend culminated in a little time fitting the Hagon shock with a buddy. I'm quite new to the motorcycle world so 2 heads is better than one and even then we had a little mishap (bonus points to those who spot it from the photos).

Accessing the necessary bolts was a little more difficult than I thought and we needed to move the swingarm to help line things up but this could possibly be down to the redneck bike lift we employed but needs must.

Side panels and airbox covers off


A bit of wiggling and jiggling and the stock shock was out. There is a huge difference in the heft between the two with the Hagon looking and feeling like the real deal and the OEM feeling a little budget in comparison.

Old hardware


Reverse jiggling and wiggling to put the new one in.

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Artsy photo of my favourite detail



As for the review of the ride, I will admit it is not what I was expecting. Bearing in mind I'm well over the standard rider weight that the stock shock is supposedly set for, my first ride on the Hagon felt much stiffer in comparison, however I expect this is down to the pre-load being set correctly for my weight and probably more in line with the OEM feel for the majority of riders. Having spent a bit more time on it now, there are lots of smaller road imperfections smoothed out by the Hagon and the ride feels a little more controlled but not quite as plush as I expected (almost definitely set my expectations way too high), I've been bounced around a little bit by hard jolts (crappy English roads) and am still bracing for impact on some sections.

I'm going to give it a few more days riding to see whether I'm just expecting too much before I start thinking about making any adjustments and will document every change I make until I'm a little more satisfied.

Overall though, definitely a better quality piece of hardware, the customer service was fantastic and I'm really pleased I've now got something I can tweak to suit me.
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Ed, are you sure the shock is oriented in the correct direction?

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-17-2019, 11:41 AM
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Ed, are you sure the shock is oriented in the correct direction?

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I was about to mention that as well before, but after pondering over the pics, I believe it is orientated correctly.
Of course, I have been known to be wrong (rarely... )
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