Hi all, wanted to get some advise regarding the rear shock.
Some background :
Even after fooling around with preload and rebound, I still hate the kick of the stock suspension over fast small bumps.
I had installed a speedys lowering block, and actually I think it makes the stock shock perform worse instead of better. I like that I can reach the ground comfortably, but the steering is abit heavier then I would like, even after dropping the front forks 22mm down.
So I was thinking of changing the rear shock to solve this problem together.
I followed threads and learned because of the nature of our laydown shock, a separator piston is a must within the rear. So that kicked out YSS shocks height adjustable shock I was considering as a budget replacement. (no separator piston)
I liked nitron, but it's kinda pricey for me, and then I stumbled on Shock Factory M Shock. 480 euro with shipping (less vat). Great reviews by MCN and ducati scrambler riders. Shock factory even offered a internal lowering preload spacer of 10mm that would bring the lowering to around 28.5mm. (He seems to know the leverage ratio on our V well) , rider and pillion weight is also required by him. I am almost ready to pull the trigger. He confirms he has a separator piston.
1) However I want to check, is it the sprung nature of the rear shock or the lack of proper compression valving that creates the harsh kicky effect? I am hoping that any aftermarket with better valving will be an Improvement. I am a 100 percent blacktop rider.
2)I noticed great success of the R1 shock for riders to make a plush ride.. But I am concerned is it due to because it has high speed compression adjustment which the. M shock does not have...I am kinda avoiding this route because I am concerned that the r1 shocks on ebay are kinda beat up, and I don't know where to find the required springs and bearings and machinist here... The costs may add up to more than a new unit if I get a busted one, and it still require me to use the lowering block.
The Mshock works on a single compression and rebound adjuster on a ratio.
I would hate that I made this purchase without fixing the jarring kick issue as it has no high speed adjustment. So I am wondering if just a proper spring and valving can solve the issue..
Should I buy?
I am 172 lb geared, with wife at 128lb and roughly 18lb of accessories. With mixed solo and two up riding, I was wondering what would be a good spring rate. I want to cross check as shipping from Europe to Asia is expensive... So I want to minimize risk of returning the spring if I do get the M shock. I see some recommendations of 16kg spring for 2 up riders.. Which is pretty close to stock spring? But yet some say they have good results with a 13kg spring on the r1 shock.
I am concerned because I noticed some shock manufacturers seem to like to overspring, like a recent Wilbur post I read. Even race techs spring rates seem off.
I mostly do 90 percent street and 10 percent aggressive and hope to do some track once our local track reopens
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