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post #41 of 65 (permalink) Old 06-25-2016, 09:06 PM
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Alot of people mistake a harsh ride for preload being too high rather than the reality of the hard hit being a bump stop hit. They then reduce preload to soften the ride and make it even worse.
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I have an opportunity to buy a near new set of rear shocks off a Bonneville T100. The intention is to replace the stock shocks on my '05 wire wheel America. The seller assures me the T100 shocks will fit my America.
The ones on my bike have some rust spots but they work OK. I adjust my shocks for a pillion. No problem, just a necessary action to avoid curling the coccyx.
I am not sure how, or if, the T100 shocks will my change the way my bike rides.
There seems to be various opinions on how good the Triumph stock shocks are compared to reputable aftermarket options.

Probably should have started a new thread but this sort of follows the discussion?
Geez Pat rather than put a set of stockers on look for a set of Gazi's, Ikons or Hagons used on gumtree and Ebay.
I found my near new Hagon nitros on Ebay for a very reasonable price.
Guy from Maryborough had taken off his accessories from his Bonneville when he traded it in in and I bought his Ventura rack. He dropped them off to me as he was also coming to drop off his Gazi shocks to someone at Kunda park.
There are bargains out there.
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post #43 of 65 (permalink) Old 06-26-2016, 11:42 AM
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I thought the stock T-100 seat would cause back issues, it was so dead.

So I bought a Burton, which improved things, still the bike blasted my back over anything other than smooth.

So I got a set of Ikons, set up by Dave in San Francisco, with the (proper) light spring.

What a difference. The bike is both more comfortable and handles quite a bit better.

Now for the fronts, a Matris F15 set ought to do nicely.

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After having ridden T140s for the past 25+ years, I don't have a problem with the modern seats. Yep, I'll agree they're a bit on the stiffer side than I'd prefer. Somewhere in the 100 mile mark, I'm looking for a pit stop. Earlier, if I can.

But I grew up with and became accustomed to the requirements of a Meridan Triumph. These bikes today are a dream.

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Oddly, I was fine with the stock suspension when I lived in So Cal. The roads are nice there. When I brought the Bonnie back home with me to the Detroit area, a change was of the first order, as being bucked over the bars didn't seem like much fun. The roads are not so nice here.

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A set of Progressive 440s turned the rear end into a responsive, compliant suspension.
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Removed the lower spring cap to make them look a little less "cruiser".
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Anyone who thinks they're ok with the stock springs hasn't ridden a bike with aftermarket shocks or they'd be changing mighty quick.

I went the cheap route & bought a pair of the basic Hagon Road Shocks in the classifieds here for $125 US. They can be had new for $200. Phenomenal difference. Rear shocks should be the first thing anyone changes on these bikes.

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Since I bought my 2010 Bonneville SE, I have been scratching my head, when I notice that the stock rear shocks are not set the same. I have carefully set them both in the same notches, but later, down the road, they are not that way! Is it possible that while riding, the shocks could jump a notch?
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Since I bought my 2010 Bonneville SE, I have been scratching my head, when I notice that the stock rear shocks are not set the same. I have carefully set them both in the same notches, but later, down the road, they are not that way! Is it possible that while riding, the shocks could jump a notch?
I've been an on the road rider since 1959, Never seen it, never heard of it either.
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Yeah I am on the original stock shocks on my 2001 Bonnie and with the good exchange right now and some leftover tax refund money thinking about a pair of Hagons. I normally wouldn't care that much but the originals are now 15 years old and rusty as hell as well as probably not working as well as they could.
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