Nitro Shocks Again

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  1. Cupoftea

    Cupoftea Well-Known Member
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    Got some of those all singing and dancing shocks from Hagon. Been on the bike for 800 miles and conclusion is they are too hard.
    Not sure what's going on here as I told them my weight and they are on the lightest setting and after coming out of the saddle numerous times am returning them to get a softer spring fitted. Are Companies like this aware of the road conditions we ride on or do they just think every road is like a race track?
    Put the originals back on today and wonder why I have bothered. Thoughts gents please?
     
  2. Bonnie lad

    Bonnie lad New Member

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    I replaced OM shocks on my 2014 T100 with cheap as chips Tec standard replacements which were a big improvement except when loaded up with gear and the missus found not enough rebound causeing bike to wollow on fast bends. So splashed out and fitted Hagons specced for passenger and luggage. Once run in found dialling in 4 turns on preload good for two up but on occasion hitting the rubber stops. When ridding solo had the spring on its minimum setting (on the first few threds) its ok but it does feel a bit firm but still better than OM's. Worth the extra .....I'm not sure. ....yet.
     
  3. Cupoftea

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    I think that they are good for two up ang luggage but I rode solo and like you said a bit hard. The standard shocks are on the lowest setting so I will crank them up and see if they behave better. Meanwhile the Hagon are being posted off for a softer spring.
     
  4. Eastbournemark

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    Hi. I suspected that the Nitros would be too sporty for my needs so opted for the much cheaper Hagon 2810 which have improved handling no end on my T120.
     
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  5. Cupoftea

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    I tested out the original shocks and found that the front springs more compliant only because the rear shocks are compensating the harshness of the fronts.:D
     
  6. Cupoftea

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    Well I sent back the Shocks and Hagon have turned them around in a few days and now have the lighter spring fitted.
    Must say that the service is very good and it only cost me the postage to them.
    Says something when dealing with a suspension company in the UK.
    Excellent, can't wait to try them out.
     
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  7. Cupoftea

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    Tried the new shocks out and they were straight out of the box.
    Suffice it to say that I hit a big pothole and they bottom out and then my spine took the brunt and it compressed, ouch.
    At work I set about getting them dialed in. Next trip out, much more improved but still a bit harsh. The handling is really there, much more rigid in the bends, much nicer to ride and more reassuring. Much happier.
    Now to get the front sorted out.
     
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  8. Eastbournemark

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    What you thinking about the front. I put TEC progressive springs in. So far, so good. A big difference. BUT I wasn’t impressed by the quality of the spacers.
     
  9. Cupoftea

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  10. Cupoftea

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    I've got progressive springs for the front.
    Made up a plastic socket for the fork tops, but put it in a safe place., bit like a squirrel bearying it's food, but cannot find it. So have to make another. Was looking at an expensive Olins replacement cartridges, if I sell some more parts on ebay, I might be tempted.
     
  11. Cupoftea

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    Today I put in the Progressive fork springs. Took her out for test ride and the result was a transformation.
     
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  12. Cupoftea

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    #12 Cupoftea, Jun 9, 2019
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    Fitted the front springs on Saturday.
    Made a big difference to the handling, still a little hard on the most severe bumps in the road but much better than standard. Really a much sweeter bike now.
    Triumph should have done more with the bikes handling, would have sold a lot more IMHO. Look at the Thruxton with Olins for not more money.
     
  13. Nozzer66

    Nozzer66 New Member

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    I’m 70kg and find the standard T120 suspension absolutely fine for me. I have compared the same road by swopping between my T120 and my Multistrada DVT and even though the Multistrada is better I can happily live with the standard setup on the Bonnie.
     
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  14. Rudeboy

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  15. Cupoftea

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    Not as though I want to buy any, but have you tried to find the T120 on that site?
     
  16. Rudeboy

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    Yep your right does not exist im on a 2010 865 Bonny
     
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