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Old 04-30-2015, 11:02 AM   #1
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Rear shocks no longer dampening bumps. Options besides IKON?

I have a twin shock R65 who's stock BOG shocks worked fine until half way through my ride today. I'm assuming one of the shocks has been doing all the work and the other just blew a seal. Are the stock shocks rebuildable? My service manual says nothing about it.

A lot of people on here advocate the $400 IKON shocks. I'm looking for something more economical as I rarely ride the bike.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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Anything is rebuildable but not at a price that it makes any sense to pay. Unfortunately the Boge shocks are not DIY rebuildable. I wish they were as I value the pre-load adjusters.

Hagons are among the cheapest half decent shocks.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:38 PM   #3
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A lot of Triumph guys are using these. I'm not sure if they will work on a R65. http://www.tecbikepartsusa.com/BMW_R...-sh-18xbmw.htm
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:51 PM   #4
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A lot of Triumph guys are using these. I'm not sure if they will work on a R65. http://www.tecbikepartsusa.com/BMW_R...-sh-18xbmw.htm
I'd be real cautious of $119/pair shocks... while they may be better than a worn-out pair of OEM's they can't have very good quality for such a low price.

Here are some new Hagon's for ~$235

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Hagon-Sh...cd4a0c&vxp=mtr
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Old 04-30-2015, 02:12 PM   #5
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I'd be real cautious of $119/pair shocks... while they may be better than a worn-out pair of OEM's they can't have very good quality for such a low price.
That used to be a pretty good guideline to follow. Back in the old days, price was a pretty good indicator of quality. Almost all motorcycle parts were manufactured in the advanced industrial countries, where wages and other costs were more or less comparable across the board. But since the advent of globalized manufacturing and cheap worldwide shipping, many high quality parts can be had for third-world prices. Either way, I no longer just assume that a higher price is proof of better quality. I keep an open mind.
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:30 PM   #6
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I no longer just assume that a higher price is proof of better quality. I keep an open mind.
That may be true when arguing the relative merit of a $1K Ohlins versus a $600 other brand shock...

But brand new things that are really cheap are most commonly not good quality... $119 shocks may be a good example
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Old 05-01-2015, 04:26 AM   #7
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Has anyone really tried the TEC shocks....? Compared to halcyon and Koni... Need New ones as well but not sure where to draw the line performance wise; after all we are driving old WW2 designed bikes and not Hayabusas so wonder if the rear shock performance is what defines the bike's overall performance :)


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Old 05-01-2015, 05:44 AM   #8
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YSS shock ? Sold by Tom cutter. I have maxtons on mine, UK based, built to my weight a bit over 400. The maxtons save 2kgs over the Ikons previously fitted
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:59 AM   #9
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I'm happy to be the guinea pig for the TEC BIKE PARTS shocks. Could someone confirm if R65's use the same shocks as say a R90/6?

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:06 AM   #10
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Says it fits basically all /5/6/7 models according to the site so can't see why not?


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Old 05-01-2015, 09:59 AM   #11
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Right but my understanding is that the R65 is a further evolution of the twin shock slash series SWB frame and in some cases has unique parts that don't fit other models. If no one talks me out of it I'll order up a set and report back.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:04 AM   #12
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Check Progressive or other shock manufacturer sites have a "What Fits my Bike" option/form. Find what set they offer for your bike, and check the specs for the eye to eye measurement. Then compare that to what they recommend for other /5/6/7 bikes. If they are the same, then you don't need a different shock. If they do... now you know what size you're after.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:32 AM   #13
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R65 shocks are definitely shorter than /6/7's by approximately 15mm. And I think 5-10mm shorter than the short wheel base /5's.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:22 PM   #14
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R65 shocks are definitely shorter than /6/7's by approximately 15mm. And I think 5-10mm shorter than the short wheel base /5's.
Will this make much of a difference? I noticed it the other day when I replaced
a set of manky r65 shocks with a set of /7 ones. Haven't taken it for a spin yet

Bound to make it a bit stiffer?
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:33 PM   #15
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Here's a guy over in the Bonneville thread talking about the Tec shocks. http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...019641&page=40 If you go back a page he talks about setting the shock up.
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