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Reply #15 on: December 14, 2020, 12:19:32 am
Those pipes look so good!
That's what RE should have put on as standard - must be quite a weight saving as well as a power increase as it's a known fact 2 into 1 systems are more efficient.
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Reply #16 on: December 25, 2020, 03:22:56 pm
The Hagon dampers finally arrived.  I bought the non shrouded, plain black units as they remind my of the Girlings on my old Norton.  I just don't like the look of the external reservoir on a retro style bike.

The first thing I noticed was weight.  The stockers run 10.4 pounds for the pair.  Hagons weighed in at 6.8.
Since it's a hell of a lot easer to pare weight from the machine than from my flabby carcass I'll celebrate with another donut.

Sorry, no road test as yet due to weather but it's supposed to get up to 58 this afternoon so maybe some first impressions soon.


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Reply #17 on: December 25, 2020, 06:03:09 pm
I emailed Hagon and they are also developing a front fork kit. I’m also getting rears, would love the shrouded ones but it’s another £75 for the same mechanics. Only question is silver or black springs
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Reply #18 on: December 25, 2020, 07:22:20 pm
I emailed Hagon and they are also developing a front fork kit. I’m also getting rears, would love the shrouded ones but it’s another £75 for the same mechanics. Only question is silver or black springs

I am going to order the black springs. The standard shocks work for me but I, like Jack Straw, just do not like the look of the standard shocks.
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Reply #19 on: December 25, 2020, 09:23:29 pm
Thinking of ordering the +20mm with black springs. Could do with the extra ride height and quicker steering. Prob get the hard fork springs too.


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Reply #20 on: December 25, 2020, 09:57:08 pm
Yowza! warm enough for a little test ride as I hoped.

The Hagons in stock length and as furnished black springs felt just great. I set the damping adjustments to the mid-position, 10 clicks out of 20.  To my butt they were neither too harsh nor too soft for both spring rate and damping.

Disclaimer here;  I'm am certainly NOT real knowledgeable about suspension but "I know what I like" and these reasonably priced Hagon dampers seem well worth the money.  Frankly, on looks alone they're worth it to me.

I'll email Hagon or Hitchcocks next week to find out what the spring weight is.  The bike feels very similar to my VT 500 that has Progressives with 90-130 pounders.  Both bikes are similar weight.




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Reply #21 on: December 26, 2020, 03:47:07 pm
Got the +20mm adjustable hagons and they’re very good

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Reply #22 on: December 26, 2020, 06:48:48 pm
Really good pic!
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Reply #23 on: January 15, 2021, 05:17:49 pm
Interesting comment above regarding TEC shocks, I was thinking of buying a pair, but reading that I might go for Hagons, has anyone else got experience of TEC shocks? good or bad.
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Reply #24 on: January 15, 2021, 05:40:26 pm
Yowza! warm enough for a little test ride as I hoped.

The Hagons in stock length and as furnished black springs felt just great. I set the damping adjustments to the mid-position, 10 clicks out of 20.  To my butt they were neither too harsh nor too soft for both spring rate and damping.

Disclaimer here;  I'm am certainly NOT real knowledgeable about suspension but "I know what I like" and these reasonably priced Hagon dampers seem well worth the money.  Frankly, on looks alone they're worth it to me.

I'll email Hagon or Hitchcocks next week to find out what the spring weight is.  The bike feels very similar to my VT 500 that has Progressives with 90-130 pounders.  Both bikes are similar weight.


Hi, any chance you could describe how they're better than stock, other than weight difference?  I mean, do they improve handling or the comfort of your ride.  Do they help you improve your lines in turns or anything, maybe because they recover or distribute the forces better?  Is 3 clicks enough for the preload, I guess yes since the springs are according to weight? 

I don't know much about shocks, either, so I'm trying to get a sense of how these would be for me


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Reply #25 on: January 15, 2021, 06:39:31 pm
Ordered a set of hagons from
http://www.bits4motorbikes.co.uk/HAGON/Hagon-Twin-Shocks.html?ID=2541

£150 and they have good reviews off the triumph boys so worth a shot. Built to rider weight along with pillion / luggage. Will fit next week as I’m currently trapped in London
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Reply #26 on: January 15, 2021, 06:48:05 pm
Fifty quid cheaper than Mr H, are they the same spec? be interested to see how you rate these, they look very good on the bike.
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Reply #27 on: January 15, 2021, 07:19:53 pm
The don’t have the rebound adjusters at the top but everything else is the same as far as I can tell
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Reply #28 on: January 15, 2021, 07:23:48 pm
I now have several rides on the Hagon dampers from Hitchcocks.  The rear of the bike feels more supple and controlled, a little less harsh but it's not a night and day difference.  Honestly, I changed them in part because I hated the look of the reservoir shocks on the retro Enfield.  I expected a mild improvement in function and they've done that.

I've not changed the damping adjustment yet.  It would be a plus if it really works.

The stock shocks are not bad.  More improvement overall will come from upgrading the tires.
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Reply #29 on: January 15, 2021, 07:46:56 pm
I now have several rides on the Hagon dampers from Hitchcocks.  The rear of the bike feels more supple and controlled, a little less harsh but it's not a night and day difference.  Honestly, I changed them in part because I hated the look of the reservoir shocks on the retro Enfield.  I expected a mild improvement in function and they've done that.

I've not changed the damping adjustment yet.  It would be a plus if it really works.

The stock shocks are not bad.  More improvement overall will come from upgrading the tires.

I am with you on the looks.  I find the looks of the stock shocks with the reservoir, out of place with the theme of the bike...  Felt the same way with the Thruxton R as it had a similar setup... At least the springs on the RE are black and not yellow like in the Thruxton R...

I do not see mine now that I have the saddlebags in place... but was thinking of wrapping them with black vinyl just to mute it a bit... 

So low priority for me for now, but placing these on the wish list for a future mod, just for proper looks imho...
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