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Auto part Vehicle Suspension part Suspension Shock absorber
Auto part Vehicle Suspension part Suspension Shock absorber
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I'm well pleased with the Icon. I managed 135 kms yesterday before rain stopped play.
As I found on my demo ride a couple of weeks ago the only negative so far is the suspension is a tad on the firm side. I have contacted Nitron in the UK and if I send them the rear shock and take a few measurements, static sag and sag with rider onboard, then they will dyno the shock and measure the spring rate and come up with a shock for me. The front also feels too hard but I think it will be a bit more difficult to get new springs until one of the spring manufacturers gets hold of a bike to measure the springs.
Everything else on the bike feels great, the brakes are spot on, the riding position suits me down to the ground. The engine is just a gem, the torque from 3k on is just great, exactly what I want from a vee twin. I did find a false neutral a couple of times between 5th and 6th but I think it may have been pilot error, I'll keep my eye on that.
I wasn't out long enough to really comment on the seat comfort but I have no reason to think it will be a problem.
One thing I did find a bit awkward is operating the indicator button, I think I may have to move the switch slightly. The rev counter is not easy to read at a glance but I was only concerned with not getting carried away till I've got some miles (kms) on it. To be honest there is no need to rev it through the gears as the mid range is so enjoyable.
All in all a happy bunny!
Don't know what's happening with these attachments!!!
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I ended up taking my bike to Nitron so they could do a full evaluation of the suspension. I could only leave the bike with them for a couple of days so they did the rear shock as I felt that was the main problem for me.
The guy that built the shock, Scott Maskell, agreed but after a test ride said he felt the forks were also too hard on the damping particularly the high speed damping, however he also agreed the rear shock was hard on the spring and damping.

As standard the spring is a progressive rate spring, and I think what was happening for me was the softer part of the spring was quickly compressed by my weight (90 kgs) and then the harder part of the spring is simply too hard.
The shock that Nitron built has a linear rate spring which is selected for my weight and the damping is adjusted to suit the spring rate. I have the R1 shock which has pre-load adjustment and 1 damping adjustment which adjust's both compression and re-bound at a pre-set ratio. They also do shocks which have separate compression and re-bound adjustment and also adjustable high and low speed compression.
To be honest I don't think I will be adjusting anything, I went for a 75km spin yesterday on a good variety of roads and it feels absolutely great, big thank you to Nitron and Scott, you've done a brilliant job.
I think I'll put up with the forks till after the summer but the rear shock was well worth doing IMO.

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