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New Nitron Shock

Installed a new Nitron shock on my V-650. Got about 300 miles on it now. Still doing a little fine tuning.

This is a very nice quality shock for the money. Got it new off ebay for $495. Regular price was $699.

Here is a link to the US distributor. Steve is the owner and is a great guy to work with. Nitron Racing Shocks- Making The World's Fastest Shocks!

Definite improvement over the stock shock. Rear end is now more planted and less harsh than the stocker.

I am 180 pounds and the shock is fitted with a 950 pound spring. Think I may have seen his latest sale price of $475 for the same shock.

One really cool feature is I can easily reach down and adjust the dampening while riding. Yesterday on the smooth roads I had it two clicks firmer. When I got on a rough road I reached down and backed it off 2 clicks for a smoother ride. How cool is that?
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Have to admit that sounds pretty cool. But with my luck I'd reach down, fumble around, go off the road and crash into something hard or prickly.
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Did it come with the preload in the middle of the range?

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Did it come with the preload in the middle of the range?
The shock was originally built for a guy a bit heavier than me. So the distributor had to change the spring to a softer one (950 pounds).

This was still in proper valving range for the build.

Not sure where preset was at but I had to increase it for proper sag.

I now have the following. Preload 11mm. Free sag 11mm. Static sag 35mm.

Preload collar is at 1/3 in position on the threads.
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Update on setup.

Backed off the preload one full turn. Free sag is 15mm and static sag is now at 40mm resulting in a much smoother ride.

35mm sag would be fine for the track but on rough roads it was a bit on the stiff side.

As suspected this shock is a big improvement over the stocker.
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Is yours a 2015+ bike? Nitron only lists it for the prev generation.
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Is yours a 2015+ bike? Nitron only lists it for the prev generation.
It works just fine on my 2015. I think it's just a case of Nitron needing to update their fitment info.

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So does this do a good job of making expansion joints less painful without killing the handling? The stock suspension definitely handles quite well, but is most decidedly on the stiff side.
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There are threads here about revalving the stock suspension, but it of course comes at a price. The V is a mid tier bike and the suspension was not given the fancy treatment (read Ohlins or anything modern). You have to spend some bucks to make it handle like something more expensive .
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So does this do a good job of making expansion joints less painful without killing the handling? The stock suspension definitely handles quite well, but is most decidedly on the stiff side.
The Nitron shock makes for a more planted feel than the stock shock. The low speed damping is much improved but the high speed damping is a bit on the stiff side. This is true for most aftermarket shocks as they typically are valved for performance rather than comfort. That being said it still gives a better ride over the rough spots on the road than the stocker which had too stiff a spring for my weight.

When overhaul time comes I may go with a bit less of high speed damping in the shim stack.
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The Nitron shock makes for a more planted feel than the stock shock. The low speed damping is much improved but the high speed damping is a bit on the stiff side. This is true for most aftermarket shocks as they typically are valved for performance rather than comfort. That being said it still gives a better ride over the rough spots on the road than the stocker which had too stiff a spring for my weight.

When overhaul time comes I may go with a bit less of high speed damping in the shim stack.
Thx for the update. I'm also looking for something with less high-speed to smooth out the little bumps.
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