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T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145513
07/24/08 2:50 am
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I just got my frame back from the powder coater. Looks lovely. Now, I am in the market for rear shocks. I want better performance but not looking to spend an arm and a leg. What is the best overall shock for the money?


76 T140V
79 Honda CB 650
79 Yamaha 175 Enduro
68 Chevy Impala Convert
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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145514
07/24/08 2:55 am
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Dale,

Wish I could help....I'm still bumping along on my 31 year-old gas Girlings..... eek

Steve


'77 T140J
"Vintage Bike". What's in your garage?

"The paying customer is always right."

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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145515
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My stock dampers gave way about 10 years ago. After, I wasted money on very cheap shocks until I finally bought a new pair of Hagons. I honestly have forgotten where I bought them. I believe the guy's name was Dave or something. Shipped fast, custom made to my weight.

Give Hagons a thought. Mine are superb.

Richard


1977 T-140V
1973 T-140V
2011 Bonneville SE
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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145516
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Hi Dale---I have fitted Hagons to my T120RV. Got them from British Cycle Supply.
The "Hagon" sticker looks really naff in my view but it is only a sticker and if you peel it off carefully there is a nice aluminum collar underneath. Then it looks smart!
BTW ---make sure that you get the correct length of shocker for your bike. Best to measure the old ones as long as you are sure they are the originals.
HTH.

Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145517
07/24/08 1:42 pm
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I put new Hagons on my '79 last week and so far I am pleased. I also bought mine from British Cycle Supple and they have actually come down in price recently due to the exchange situation. I really did not find another suitable alternative for the money.

Regards.

Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145518
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Quote
Originally posted by T140V-Rich:
I believe the guy's name was Dave or something. Shipped fast, custom made to my weight.

Give Hagons a thought. Mine are superb.

Richard
Probably Dave Quinn Motorcycles as he is the importer. 203-393-2651

I bought a new pair for my Commando but just because I coudn't find anything better that didn't have to be modified to fit. I'll say they are pretty darn good but not amazing.

Suspension to me is as important as good brakes and good tires so I don't skimp on either unless I absolutely have to.

I say buy the best you can afford.


Colin
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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145519
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dale karger Offline OP
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I dont want to skimp either and i dont want to have to mod the bike. suspension is important but some times the higher performing shocks have applications that are not suitable for highway riding...ie..dirt and trail or race. I looked at Progressive but do not know too much about them.
Richard, I am not sure if what came in the boxes are OEM. i have found several mods the PO or PPO might have done. so its going to be a guess. But I am going to have to look at the Hagons....Thanks guys.


76 T140V
79 Honda CB 650
79 Yamaha 175 Enduro
68 Chevy Impala Convert
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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145520
07/25/08 3:04 am
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That sounds right, Colin. I believe it was Dave Quinn where I bought mine. Seemed very professional. Good riding shocks.

Give it a thought at least, Dale. You could do far worse. I have a small stack to prove that point.

Richard


1977 T-140V
1973 T-140V
2011 Bonneville SE
Author of "Relics and Reminiscing."
Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145521
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Quite a few miles on Hagons now and very pleased, they sure were a revelation after the OE Girlings.


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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145522
07/25/08 8:08 am
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Ikons are the replacement for Konis which are not longer made. They are more advanced than Hagons. I found the chrome springs on my Hagons rusted badly. But I also see that T140s are specificaly mentioned as having fitment issues

http://www.ikonsuspensionusa.com/servlet/StoreFront

Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145523
07/26/08 7:16 pm
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Are the springs removable on the Hagons? If they rust I will just get them powder coated or just religiously wax them heck out of them. I doubt that this bike will see much in the way of rain or a lot of it. But it is sounding like I will be ordering Hagons.

Where is Quinn at?? US...CA ??


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79 Honda CB 650
79 Yamaha 175 Enduro
68 Chevy Impala Convert
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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145524
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I think this was the page I ordered from:

http://www.davequinnmotorcycles.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/Hagon.html

I had to email them a time or two b/c they wanted to build them for my bike, weight of riders, etc

As far as rust, I've had mine two-three years and they still look like new. But this is in the U.S. South where no salt in placed on roadways.

HTH

Richard


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1973 T-140V
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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145525
07/26/08 10:51 pm
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thanks rich,

I am in PA but this will NEVER see salt... salt air in the tropics maybe but nothing road related. just down to where i can get them for the best price.

T3man...i agree the sticker does look hokie and is coming off straight away.


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79 Yamaha 175 Enduro
68 Chevy Impala Convert
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Re: T140 rear shocks who? and what? #145526
07/28/08 7:50 am
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Meriden fitted Marzocchi oil shocks as standard for their T140E models and the Strada oil/gas shock from the same company for thier TSS. The
My TR65 and TR7T both have Marzocchis as they did from new and they've proven to be very nice in operation, even two-up and the TR7T's over the rough too.
That said, Marzocchis were fitted by Triumph due to constant press complaints about the stiff gas Girlings fitted although Girling was ceasing manufacture anyway ...
That said, as Cycle World once said when testing a '81 T140ES, 'any shock will work if you don't let 'em !'


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1983 TSSAV
1983 TSX
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