Hi everyone, thinking it’s time I did some more work on
I want to tackle the suspension now, as that is where it
is now lacking the most now.
So after going back to nearly page one of the dyna forum
pages and reading suspension threads on this and other forums till my eyes bled,
I’m not sure where I am now.
I am considering fitting longer wide glide tubes to lift
the front end up and gain some ground clearance, with 13 inch shocks on the
back so the rack and trail doesn’t change too much. Is a guy up this way who
has done it and said it was a vast improvement clearance wise, do a lot of
mountain road riding with tight twisty bits up this way.
When I get home I want to see what sag I currently have
in the front as I’m pretty sure it is more than the 25 ~ 30 mm that seems to be
recommended, and see how the clearance goes when I reset it, and check the oil
height, still thinking it will be low, but I might not drag my heels going
through a normal roundabout at 50 clicks.
For the forks I was either going to go with either a
cartridge insert or single rate springs (Traxton ?) for my weight and either
the gold valve or Ricor Intiminators, which are easier to fit and do not alter
the std damper rod.
However I think the cost for a cartridge will probably
lead me down the single rate spring route for the time being.
As to the rear shocks, this is where I got REALLY lost.
I was originally just going to go IKON (front fork spring
as well), but then came upon all the reports on the Ricor, Hagon Nitro and the Gazi
units, unfortunately higher cost units (Wilber’s, Olin etc) are not really on
the cards due to budget constraints, I might be able to stretch the budget on
the rears if I don’t do the wide glide tubes. However if I go the longer front
tube I sort of need to do both ends together so keep the same geometry.
Ricor have a sale on at the moment, shocks and the
Intiminators for just over 1250 delivered (without the extra 10% gouging tax
now imposed on everything imported), and that is probably the best value at the
moment, provided the shocks are as good as later reports make out, there early
ones were prone to seal failure from what I have read. Probably have to keep
the stock duel rate springs till I can get the single rate replacements, not
ideal but should be some improvement on the stock front end.
Was a guy on the forum custom building Olin units in the
states, but his posts were form 2011 and 2012, and I haven’t seen any later
ones, even on the US forums.
I had looked at the progressive suspension units, but am
put off with the reports (on here) of the quality not being as good as it once was.
Sort of heard about mixed results with the YSS units too.
So I guess I’m asking has anyone have a direct comparison
of the Ricor and Hagon Nitros vs the Gazi and Ikon models, or recently fitted
them. From what I gather there isn’t much between the Ricor and Hagon units,
main difference is the way they operate and manual vs auto adjustment system.
The Gazi ones seem like they would be OK, but not sure
about the looks, but the ride height adjustment is a plus.
So I’m leaning towards either Rico or the Hagon units,
but as I run saddle bags I believe I can’t fit piggyback style shocks, though a
remote reservoir might work, depending on where and how they are mounted.
Sorry for the long post, but I can’t expect an answer if
I don’t let you all know what I’m thinking, and how I got there.
Another happy Ohlins customer here.
Nix 22 front and one off HD215's in 13.5 inch in the rear. Absolutely transformed my FXDLS. Wasn't cheap however now I have the setup to my liking I think it was money well spent.
Howard at Motorcycle metal in the states is the guru at making a HD turn, his personality is blunt and direct but the service and advice/experience he has is unsurpassed.