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Author Topic: longer rear shocks  (Read 534 times)


  • Grease Monkey
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longer rear shocks
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:17:04 am »
My rear shocks tend to bottom out against the rear fender. That is - fully loaded and with a pillion and slightly higher profile semi off road tyres. Did anybody have similar problems or experiment with higher than standard rear shocks on the C5? I'm not sure how this will affect the handling?


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Re: longer rear shocks
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 10:28:35 am »
     It is a close fit under the fender. Also make sure your tires are not rubbing the swing arm or chain guard.
     If you need longer rear shocks, Hagon can make up one to your specifications. A longer shock will tend to tuck in the front end. This makes for lighter and quicker steering at the expense of high speed stability. The slightly higher center of gravity will require some adjustment to compensate for.
     In actual practice most people never notice any difference.

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Re: longer rear shocks
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 10:34:52 am »
Just checking, you do know you can increase the preload on the rear shocks, right? Also, I don't know that you need longer shock so much as you need stiffer shocks.  Hagon can help you either way.  In the US you can Call Dave Quinn Motorcycles for Hagons and another place on the west coast.



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Re: longer rear shocks
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 12:23:14 pm »
I have slightly longer rear shocks on my sixty-5 apart from having to lift my leg a little higher when getting on, the handling is great and very reactive on bends and roundabouts
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Re: longer rear shocks
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2013, 12:28:01 pm »
A slightly longer shock won't hurt most of the bikes, but I'd be reluctant to put one on a C5 with the leading axle!
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