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Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:18 pm
by bricking it
Fitted my Maxton rear shock, went for a more basic one, already set up for my weight, preload, comp and rebound all preset. And come with a manual. Went for the standard length (have got a short torque arm). The bike's handling has returned! Very comfy, definately good for our bumpy corners and with predicable poise. Had some power ranger on a 675 Daytona this morning want to muscle past, soon saw him off with a few corners! Its a good enough bit of kit for what I want. £405 + VAT. Now the front feels crap.

Shock tactics? -meet the specialist

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:43 pm
by R-man
Yeah, looks like we all agree that suspension is 'part magic' -and as I have learnt the hard way just how much tired shox have done to ruin the handling and grip of bikes, I have also found the huge benefits from getting good advice, rather than buying expensive kit on faith.

Suspension specialist Darren Wnukoski of MCT Suspension, who has sorted out my last three bikes has agreed to talk to Suffolk RoSPA Riders, on Mon 28 November...come to hear him at 7.30 pm:

Moreton Hall Community Centre
Symonds Road
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk IP32 7EE

www.rospa-suffolk.org.uk/motorcycle-events.htm

See you there! r-man

Re: Shock tactics? -meet the specialist

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:49 pm
by damoace
R-man wrote:Yeah, looks like we all agree that suspension is 'part magic' -and as I have learnt the hard way just how much tired shox have done to ruin the handling and grip of bikes, I have also found the huge benefits from getting good advice, rather than buying expensive kit on faith.

Suspension specialist Darren Wnukoski of MCT Suspension, who has sorted out my last three bikes has agreed to talk to Suffolk RoSPA Riders, on Mon 28 November...come to hear him at 7.30 pm:


+1 and again.

I took my BCR to Darren for a light going over to make it better for Trackday use. Modifications only to the standard Showa units front and rear (cant really afford to change the struts) and also on his advice I changed the tyres from the Maxxis units I had for some Pirelli SuperCorsa's.
Money well spent I think, as the bike feels much more confident now and tips into a corner with nice predictabilty and just the right amount of wieght. Prior to Darrens work it could be a bit of a struggle to get the front into a corner smoothly with too much effort required leading to over-corrections and a choppy turn. Now its butter smooth, easy and predictable leaving me able to focus less on the bike and more on the turn itself. Money well spent and more or less standard too - only the rear spring was changed for a custom unit. Everything esle was re-vavles and adjustment

Cant fault Darrens service or prices. I could'nt have made that much difference for less money.

Even when I do eventually get some Ohlins for it, I'll take it back to Darren for setup - he's that good...

Highly recommended.
:)

Shoch re-build and service

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:17 pm
by DeeBee247
Guy's have looked at the search facility to no avail so please accept my apologies as I am sure I will be repeating what has gone on before.
I am looking to confirm if the original shock units are re-buildable?
If so by who and what price.
I am unable to justify the price of a new Maxton or Nitron but feel that after 60,000 odd miles a refresh would work wonders.

BTWI have had good reports from a friend who fitted a Nitron to his GS12 and apparently they now offer a front to match. This does not need a remote pre-load adjuster as there is less need for this adjustment on the front

Looking at economics here when it comes to buying new as I really like the bike but spending £400 at each end plus a new set of tyres is getting toward it's total worth.

Thanks Dave

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:39 pm
by damoace
Hi,
The standard OEM shockers are indeed rebuildable. I should imagine that there are plenty of places that will do it for you but I would personally recommend Darren at MC Technics (MCT).

http://www.mctsuspension.co.uk/Home.html

I've used him to do the job you are asking about. Well worth the money (£400). Speak to them BEFORE you buy tyres or replacement shockers, explain what you want the bike to be like when finished, and take their advice. They really DO know what they are speaking about.

Just up the road from PeterBogHorror too...

As a guideline, since the MCT rebuild, there is no point in changing the standard shockers for anything else. They are that good.

I said before that having Darren service the standard shocks and tune them to my use was the best 400 quid I've spent on that bike. I'll stand by that....

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:49 pm
by DeeBee247
Hi damoace, thanks for the quick reply.
I have tried contacting MCT, by recommendation from the bike mags and this forum, using email to no reply as yet.
I will give them an old fashioned call.
I agree that if they can rebuild the units and possibly recommend a different spring it will make the difference.
I have re-sprung a Ducati Paso via a custom spring from Maxton and changed the spring rate on the TL1000s with a Hyperpro spring and a Hagon damper so have been down this route before.
Really need to buy a bike that agrees with my budget. Oh yes I do have that bike a hard tail Trek MTB.....

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:57 pm
by damoace
Phone call is the best. They are normally very very busy so the sooner you call them, the sooner your appointment will be.

Darren will almost certainly have recommendations, but it's up to you to be able to tell him what you need. Just give him as much info as you can and trust him. You won't be disappointed.

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 5:38 pm
by beachcomber
Here's another you might want to consider.

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Ben Kingham won the B.E.A.R.S. championship outright with his RAM suspended K100

Tell them TJ sent you for a 10% discount.


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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:57 am
by 3narf
Hi, just a question connected to this topic.

The lack of feedback from the front end; is that an initial lack of feedback when compared to other bikes, or something that remains even when you're used to the bike?

I mean, do you learn to interpret what the front is doing, eventually, or do you have to live with just not knowing what it's doing?

Ta

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:42 am
by beachcomber
3narf wrote:Hi, just a question connected to this topic.

The lack of feedback from the front end; is that an initial lack of feedback when compared to other bikes, or something that remains even when you're used to the bike?

I mean, do you learn to interpret what the front is doing, eventually, or do you have to live with just not knowing what it's doing?

Ta


See discussions re: 10mm offset Telelever arm or adjustable [ or GS length ] Pararlever. According to those that know - transforms the bike.

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:11 pm
by Aladin1
My 2002 R1100S rear shocker has started to weep oil at 30,000 miles so a repair or replacement is imminent.
I have read on this topic that the OEM shocks are repairable, however my Clymer states that the only replacement parts available are mounting bolts and bushes. I have limited funds to spend on my bike (retired pensioner) so I would prefer to repair rather than replace. Can anyone confirm whether the original front and rear shocks on a standard 1100s can be rebuilt?

Alan

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:21 pm
by Blackal

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:38 pm
by Aladin1
Hi blackal

Yes that's where I read about OEM rebuilds at MCT, however Damoace rides a BCR which I imagine has upgraded shockers and springs anyway compared to mine. Just wondered if anyone has had a rebuild on standard 1100S shocks?

Alan

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:44 pm
by Blackal
The BCR shocks are really special.......... :roll:

The springs are painted yellow! :shock:

Otherwise - no difference.

Al :D

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:18 pm
by Aladin1
Wow yellow springs......they'll match my silver/yellow bike!

I'd better give the guys at MCT a bell then and perhaps I could upgrade to yellow springs.