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Old 02-15-2013, 04:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ricor shocks?

Anybody have the Ricor shocks on the back? I'm probably gonna install the Intiminators up front at some point, and was wondering if the shocks are worth it, or if I should go with another company.

After riding for a total of 8 hours to NYC and back, it is clear I need to do something about the suspension because my eyeballs almost left their sockets at various points.

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the Hagons classics on the back and I like them. I had intiminators up front and did not like them (many do though), and I took them out and installed Hagon progressive springs which I like alot. I bought them through Dave Quinn in Connecticut, and found he is very helpful.
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I've had both the Hagons and the Ricors on the back. The Hagons are good, the Ricors are better, but I personally don't think that they are good enough to justify the price difference between the 2. Mind you, I did have to pay an extra 20% in tax when they entered Germany, so maybe 630USD works for you. BTW, they have never been, and I doubt ever will be, 880USD, so don't be fooled by that 'save $250' part.

Still, when you consider you can get Hagon 2810s for $300, or Nitros for $500 (I had the Classics for $290 and thought they were good), is it worth the extra? Not to me, but YMMV.
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I was mostly interested in them for the sake of matching front and rear suspension... kind of like matching front and rear tires. Not a big issue though. I'm aware the "save $250" thing is BS. I just wonder if their claims for their products are as amazing as they make them sound.

If not the Ricors, what is the best suspension available for the rear?

Pete, why didn't you like the intiminators?
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I have the Intiminators up front and really like them. However, I did install them with single rate springs from Race Tech that were matched to my weight (the stock springs are very soft). Everything was installed and set up as per Ricor's instructions and works great.

I'm still thinking about the rear, but will likely go with Hagon's 2810. At around $300 they seem to offer really good bang for the buck. I looked at the Ricors and would consider them if they were less than $400, but they are just too expensive. At $600+ we are in basic Ohlins or Works territory.
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I have the Intiminators up front and really like them. However, I did install them with single rate springs from Race Tech that were matched to my weight (the stock springs are very soft). Everything was installed and set up as per Ricor's instructions and works great.

I'm still thinking about the rear, but will likely go with Hagon's 2810. At around $300 they seem to offer really good bang for the buck. I looked at the Ricors and would consider them if they were less than $400, but they are just too expensive. At $600+ we are in basic Ohlins or Works territory.
Is Ricor not on the level of Ohlins or Works?
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I had the Intiminators in the front with Íhlins single rate springs - ended up putting the stock springs back in (but that was because I lost a few kilos and the ride became really harsh). The Ricors are good on the back - I liked them, I was just not as impressed as I was expecting to be, and that may be the problem - I was expecting too much. You get into the whole diminishing returns thing with shocks and had I gone from stock to Ricor I would probably have been really impressed, but I think because I went from stock to Hagon to Ricor, my shocks were already an improvement over stock and therefore the Ricors didn't seem as much of an improvement as I was expecting.

Can't comment on Íhlins as I've never tried them and tend to feel that for the Bonnevilles, they're overkill and you can't get Works in Europe (or at least you couldn't back then. Don't know about now)
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I've got the Ohlins 36E's, if memory serves they were $535 shipped with springs for my weight/riding intent. Not cheap, but didn't mind spending the money as I plan on keeping this bike forever.

They seem to be a great match with the Intiminators (I used the stock springs) up front. The Ohlins may be overkill, not sure, and as mentioned, just about anything else back there is an improvement. I do know this....very, very happy with them.
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I've got the Ohlins 36E's, if memory serves they were $535 shipped with springs for my weight/riding intent. Not cheap, but didn't mind spending the money as I plan on keeping this bike forever.

They seem to be a great match with the Intiminators (I used the stock springs) up front. The Ohlins may be overkill, not sure, and as mentioned, just about anything else back there is an improvement. I do know this....very, very happy with them.
What is the ride like compared to stock? Is it significantly smoother over rough pavement and sharp bumps?
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What is the ride like compared to stock? Is it significantly smoother over rough pavement and sharp bumps?
My primary goal was to improve the ride quality (and of course, wanted it to handle better as well). Detroit area streets are as bad as you have heard...and then some. Basically, I was weary of feeling like I was going to be bucked over the bars.

I think the key takeaways here is compliance and composure. Do I still feel the bumps? Sure. I didn't turn it into a Gold Wing, but the ride is WAY more composed, and it doesn't feel like it is bouncing off its intended path. Impact harshness drastically reduced. It is just so much nicer to ride around these parts now, seems to handle very, very nicely to boot.
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