replacement shocks for a Commando

geo

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After a 375 mile ride last weekend it became obvious that my shocks are not up to the task. I replaced the originals quite a few years ago with Hagons. Around 5000 miles on them so I don't think they're worn out they just don't have enough control. Guess I'm spoiled by newer technology and would like to have some of it for the Commando. Ideally rebound and compression adjustments would be great but non-adjustable shocks with good rebound/comp control would be fine since this is mainly a commuter/weekender. Marzocchi, Hagon, Koni?

Other than the shocks and a front wheel that needs balancing the ride was a total blast. Great back roads through NH & Vermont, lots of looks and comments on the bike. The new 34mm Mikuni works great except for the choke. Starts on one or two kicks but it gives a lumpy idle rather than a smooth fast idle. Fouls the plugs if left on for more than a minute or two. I'm guessing the jetting is too rich. Think I'll order a Mikuni tuning guide from Sudco. Pulls smooth and steady from 2000rpms though. Very nice around town manners.

Any suggestions for shocks are welcome.

George
 
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Geo,

Once you get past fit, form and function, shocks are a personal choice - like what is the best beer: Spatten, Pilsner Urquel, or possibly Becks?

Regards,

Jason
 

MichaelB

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Years ago I put Koni's on my Mark III. By far the best twin shocks I have had on any street bike. If I ever sell the bike, I will keep the shocks.
Koni's aren't made any more. Supposedly they have been rebadged as Ikon. I have no experience with the Ikon's. Does anyone else have experience?
Love those Koni's.
 

geo

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I contacted the US distributor of Ikon, Eurotech Motor Sports in Chico, CA for info. Their reply "At this time we are not importing Ikon until the improve their quality."

Bummer, they looked like decent pieces. Multi-rate springs with preload and rebound adjustments. Now I'm searching the net for suitable replacements.

Anyone have any experience with Ikon?

George
 

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George,

I don't have any personal experience with the Ikon shock but it's advertised to be rebuildable. And that's a big plus in my book.

Regards,

Jason
 
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