I've gone through 2 pairs of Ohlins on previous bike and even my Triumph 1200XE because of the Ohlins suspensions. They are just not compatible with rough roads. I've yet to find a bike equipped with Ohlins that offered a decent ride on rough roads. They are best kept for track use or absolutely perfect roads.How do you know?
The Ohlins on my 1200XE were terrible stock and even after having them resprung and revalved they had improved, but still by no means a comfortable ride....and thats on a naked adventure bike...Ohlins have to be designed for the bike, not just some generic Ohlins which will bolt up. The cheap Ohlins for my 796 was made for that chassis/fork combo and 1100 EVO as well. It's not harsh. Cost ~ $650 and is 90% of ideal. A $1,800 Ohlins 3-way adjustable with remote is nirvana if you're fat on cash. Note that some of the Ducati superbikes and Multistradas both handle well and are plush due to speed-sensitive damping. Assume the Triumph Classics line was not worth Ohlin's time/investment due to low interest...
There isn't really any consensus as shocks are a very individual thing as there are so many variables.......So... What's the consensus guys? it's been 13 years since this thread started, has anyone tried YSS shocks on a scrambler? How about Tec or Hagons? Which shocks should I look at for a smooth ride on the street/highway and durability for light off road?
There isn't really any consensus as shocks are a very individual thing as there are so many variables.......
I've personally gone through 5 pairs of shocks on my Scrambler as follows:
Bitubo (Dual spring rebound adjustment)
YSS Top Line
I've found that most shocks are over sprung for the average weight (around 12 to 13 Stone) when riding solo. The YSS were claimed set-up for my weight range but I couldn't bottom them out no matter what I did and they topped out all the time instead, which is worse than bottoming out in my opinion.
I've ended up with Ikon's and although they don't look as flash as others and have limited adjustment they are in fact head and shoulders above the two 'stock' shocks and the YSS tested. The Bitubo's were a lot better than the others but still way behind the Ikons.
I chose the model with the lighter springs built for lighter riders who only do solo riding, thinking I would probably need to put some preload on them but this is not the case. I have them set on the softest preload setting and rebound on the first level and they are great like that. I can just about bottom them on bad potholes but if I move the preload to the second level I can't bottom them and so don't use all available travel.
I would highly recommend the Ikons as they are great for me but that doesn't really help you as the many variables come into play.........
Well if my memory serves, I remember YSS getting good reviews from people on here back at the time, same for Hagons (I had a set of Hagon classics on my Scrambler way back when). Can't speak for TECs, Ikons also got thumbs up.So... What's the consensus guys? it's been 13 years since this thread started, has anyone tried YSS shocks on a scrambler? How about Tec or Hagons? Which shocks should I look at for a smooth ride on the street/highway and durability for light off road?