Usually caused by worn dampers, or even by incorrect choice of new shocks, the damping is ineffective and the spring takes over causing bounce and uncontrolled movement of the suspension. This gives an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous ride, especially on rough roads. Choose a shock absorber designed for you machine with the right damping characteristics: IKON!
If a suspension is under-damped it may feel unpleasant, but it will not be unsafe as long as the driver takes it easy. However, if ridden hard, a bike with incorrect damping will be unstable, especially when cornering. With IKON shocks fast corners will be a pleasure.
When riding over bumps and potholes both spring and damper can be compressed to the maximum. If the damping is incorrect or faulty, when the spring subsequently decompresses, it will upset the handling. The bike tops out too fast and the effect can even throw the rider off the bike! IKON will keep you in the saddle.
A stiff spring will prevent the suspension from bottoming out, but it lowers rider comfort level as it is harder for the wheel to move upwards. A progressive spring allows the wheel to move easier increasing comfort level, and prevents it from bottoming out due to its rising spring rate as it is compressed. IKON motorcycle dampers use progressive rate springs!
When riding over excessive bumps and potholes both spring and damper will be compressed to the extreme. If the spring is too soft, the suspension will bottom out and hit its bump stop. This bottoming out will subsequently be transferred to the rider and put a high load on the suspension and give a rough ride. A progressive rate spring, as standard on the IKON motorcycle dampers, is the solution to bottoming out.
The rear spring of the bike is normally calculated to take about 50% of the weight of both bike and rider. With a passenger, and with luggage, the spring load will increase dramatically and for most springs this is too much and the suspension will sag beyond a safe limit. A progressively wound spring will correct part of the problem, but it works best by adjusting the spring seat position. By increasing the spring height, the bike will be restored to its original ride height. On the IKON dampers the spring seat is fitted in the best possible position and can be set to the required
Replacing a (worn) shock absorber can be an expensive business. IKON offer quality, a long life, with optimum damping characteristics, adjustable damping and spring seat, a progressive rate spring, and support by a World Wide Dealer network, at a very favourable price. Ask your dealer today for the price of an IKON shock and you’ll be surprised.