Do yourself and your pocketbook a BIG favor and do some research on HyperPro spring replacements. I've done shock replacements on several other bikes and IMO if you aren't a real kick butt road racer type, the HP springs are really good.
Yes. The unit fitted to the Girlies was Ok for the job but not what you would describe as a good quality item. My old 900 Tiger's OE shock was better!
Yes,but the question you have to ask yourself is how much you want to spend,i've always viewed after market goodies as only on loan,because at some time they'll get sold and hence the better the spec the easier they are to sell after.
I agree with winger here except I look for what I believe will work for me as if the bike will last forever rather than resale. The high priced shocks usually have compression broken into high and low speed compression; however, since I'm no Rossi and won't ever be, I look at shocks in what I believe is a more practical way. #1 is to get the right spring for you which is where you set preload at in the first place. #2 is it has to have decent rebound adjustment because from all my readings on suspension, rebound adjustment is more important thanYes,but the question you have to ask yourself is how much you want to spend,i've always viewed after market goodies as only on loan,because at some time they'll get sold and hence the better the spec the easier they are to sell after.
The bench mark is separate preload/compression/rebound,but that spec isn't cheap,as nice as it is to use.
If you look at post #2 above, you'll see there is some deja vu all over again. Ohlins does make a shock for the Tiger 1050, and so does Penske, two of them double and triple clickers. Yes HP does too but IMO, if you spend more time riding than playing with suspension the HP Combi kit is a very inexpensive option and I know a bunch of Tiger riders who are very satisfied with them. There is a very successful race suspension tuner by the name of Dave Mose who sells instructional DVD's on suspension. He spends lots and lots of time working on getting rebound right and not a whole lot on compression. My impression from all that I have read, and I have not ever spent the extra money to get high and low speed compression adjustment, is that is best used for dialing in a specific "track." As I mentioned before, for us mere mortals, we ride a half dozen or more different types of road in ONE outing. Which to you set up for? If you buy a good but not super expensive shock (or spring on a decent shock core) you just might be surprised at how much you like it.You didn't say if you have a 955 or a 1050,you certainley can't get an Ohlins for a 955,i'm not sure about a 1050.
Were the Wilbers gets complicated,in standard trim it's a spring to suit you and a combined compression and rebound,if you want them separate thats an extra,the problem being,you also have to have the reservoir and that comes on a separate pipe,so if you have the remote preload as well,you end up with two pipes and have to have the preload ajuster on one side and the res on the other,as opposed the Ohlins and others which are integral,and just the preload ajuster.
The trap most folk fall into(including me with Wilbers)) is looking at price and not checking the spec,re your question about the combined ajustment,certainley with the Wilbers it's a trade off,like an upmarket stocker,if i road one up all the time to be honest you can get away with just about any old tosh,when two up soon shows the differences,there's also another Dutch suspension company that makes a decent shock who's name evades me(not WP) that might be worth a look.
And if your real quick i'd look at that Hagon thats just turned up,cost does play a part and thats cheap!!
If you went to Stafford,you'll have walked past me a few times!!Hi,last week I went to the classic show at stafford and had a chat with the Hagon Bloke on there stand, he told me they fit the spring that suits your weight and the type of riding you do,eg solo, with boxes and with a pillon.The quality of the shock looked good and the price wasn't bonkers, £425 with the hydraulic preload adjuster,
I asked triumph for a price of a Ohlins rear shock and they came back with a price of £845, I won't be buying one.
I read in MCN that the new 800 tiger will come with non-ajustable front forks and a rear shock only ajustable for pre-load,i won't be buying one
The Tiger XC has upgraded suspension (longer travel F & R, larger diameter forks) and IS adjustable. £500 extra though!I read in MCN that the new 800 tiger will come with non-ajustable front forks and a rear shock only ajustable for pre-load,i won't be buying one