A true sport performance shock at heart with an unbelievable low cost, the new 490 Sport Series Shocks feature a high-pressure monotube with deflective disc damping technology, hand threaded preload and a rebound adjustment to dial in the ride. This technology coupled with a linear rate spring allow for consistent feel through the damper stroke and the ability to withstand extreme temperature ranges and heavy loads. An engineered jounce bumper with a built-in metal cup also help smooth out and control bottoming. From pounding the pavement around town to hammering around the tarmac on your next race day, the 490 is the perfect choice for your performance demand! MSRP is only $649.95 for the pair and fits the H-D Sportster, Dyna, V-Rod, Touring and the Triumph Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler models. See more info here!
Tyler Malinky and the guys over at Low Brow Customs recently put together a killer project built around a S&S panhead engine and is rightfully named “The Pan-American”. What better way to break it in then riding it on a 3000 mile journey cross country to the Born Free Show! Check out their video explaining the whole project here and some photos below!
June 25th and 26th we got our first opportunity to set up at the infamous Born Free Show. Everything went off without a hitch as we setup a variety of bikes showing off various shocks and seem to have gotten a good amount of positive feedback from the crowd with our shock displays, and questionnaires for t-shirts. Here are a couple photos showcasing our setup; we can’t wait to go back again next year!
Another banger from our friends at Classified Moto, this time formed from a 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000. The “KZR-1” was commissioned by Rebel Yell Bourbon, and by the company’ name alone, we’d say the guys at CM came up with a perfectly synonymous machine. Our bronze 970 Series shocks were an excellent choice to match the “WW2 Messenger Bike” colors and styling these guys went after. Check out the full write-up on the “KZR-1” here.Read More
We updated our video on how to set sag on your motorcycle’s shocks. You might be asking yourself, “What is setting Sag? and why is that important to me?” The bottom line is if you want to get the maximum comfort, performance, and efficiency out of your shocks, you’re going to want to set the sag and by the time you’re done adjusting, have about 3/4″ of sag between having the rider (you) standing above the bike and then sitting (so that the shocks are compressed). For a more detailed set of instructions check out the video here on our youtube channel or for a less visual approach, read our written instructions below!
How to set sag on your motorcycle:
1 The proper pre-load setting will allow the rear suspension to sag, or compress, approximately ¾” when loaded.
2 To check sag, take a measurement from the center of the rear axle, straight up to a vertical point on the rear fender or frame with the unloaded rider off the bike.
3 Then, take a second measurement using the same loaded points with the rider(s) sitting on the bike.
4 The difference between the two measurements is the ride sag.
5 If the bike is sagging too much, increase the pre-load to the suggested amount of sag.
6 Spring pre-load adjustments are made by turning the Upper Cover on the shock.
7 Turn this adjuster clockwise to increase spring pre-load (make spring stiffer) and counterclockwise to decrease spring pre-load (make spring softer).
8 Set the pre-load equally on both shocks using these reference marks as your guide.Read More
Brand new for 2016, we now have our 970 Series Shocks available in Black and our Fork Spring Kit available for Indian Scout models. Dial in the suspension to get the very most out of your Scout’s riding comfort and performance. Also keep your eyes peeled for our 412 and 444 Series Shocks available soon as well for the Indian Scout.
Another slick custom on The Bike Shed featuring our 970 Series Shocks in Bronze. It is a very custom CM400 that definitely lives up to the name Alligator. We especially appreciate our shocks color coordinating with the USD fork and center of the Brembo brake disc. All in all a very interesting bike with a one of a kind color scheme/theme and good mix of form and function. Check out more builds by Matteuci Garage here, and the full writeup and photos of this build here.Read More