Dan alexander wrote:you figure that's a better way to go than look for a M/C shock that my have better damping, remote preload adjustment and nitrogen filler?
I'll put it this way, & not trying to be a smart a$$. I'm guessing you're new at this. First thing I learned about performance preparation, is to get things to STOCK performance levels, & proceed from there. OEM's were engineered for the job. Original shocks stop being useful when they are seized. Even rusty ones that move will still smooth out the bumps - they just don't dampen the recoil.
There are tremendously expensive shocks available, & if you are the type of rider that will benefit by them, & can afford to spend 5 times what a stock shock costs - then maybe you need them. I have owned Dnepr & Ural Tourists, & enjoy riding in a sporty manner. MY STOCK SHOCKS HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY SATISFACTORY FOR ME.
Having Managed/maintained/built my own motorcycles for over 50 years, I chose to go for the old standby OIL FILLED SHOCKS. Remember most Motorcycle Telescopic Front forks are just large oil filled Shock absorbers (rebuildable is good). The SPRING STRENGTH & RATE on shocks is the MOST critical factor. The differences I've noticed between AIR & GAS FILLED vs. OIL FILLED shocks is the huge cost difference, & that the ability to hold in the gas & air is much shorter by years than OIL FILLED. For Example My Royal Enfeild Bullet came with AIR SHOCKS & SOFT SPRINGS, That were shot in 2 years, & the bike handled like there was a hinge in the middle - Not good. Everybody on the Enfield Forum recommended spending about $300. for a set of GAS FILLED HAGONS. I bought a set of totally chrome OIL FILLED, with correct springs, & got superb performance for my $100. pair.
This is what I know about shocks, & why I think you would be well served for years with stock shocks - plenty of other important items in getting it running to spend money on.
Best of luck, Craig
Current Motorcycles: 02 Ural Tourist, 2010 modified Royal Enfield G5 Deluxe.
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