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Hi! to ever is out there on this forum. I have not found any good suspension suggestions. Challenge accepted.

Owned my bike for about a month, maybe 300 miles I've put on it. The new bike endorphins must be gone because its a pretty rough ride. Sure the seat needs help but the rear suspension is crucial and this one sucks.

Long story short after much research Ohlins HD145.5 296mm (sportster suspension) was what I settled on.

The bike I purchased had a 1.25" custom lift to it ( see pic below🤦‍♂️) and figured the shock was a quarter inch shorter so why the heck not. I went with Ohlins because if for some reason this didnt work out of the box, I knew I could find the part(s) I needed. It was this or in my mind consider another bike.

Ordered them from Italy via Ebay (in my possession in less than a week, awesome)

This weekend pulled off the old stuff and installed the new. Unbelievable fit as far as I'm concerned. The mount bushing diameters are an exact fit to the posts. One minor thing is the lower mounting points needed to be pushed out with some bushings or washers, 2 each side (maybe 3mm?) to be allow for tightening.

Initial ride was great. The Ohlins is a great comfort improvement for the price, and will definitely improve my commute. I'm 6'1 so shorter riders might not like the ride height. It floats over bumps unlike the OEM. Hopefully that progressive spring does its' magic.

As far as adjustability it only has preload which was concerning at first but only praise at this point (maybe follow up in a few weeks) Tightened the suspension down until sag was about 1/16" with the weight of the bike, (pretty far down, maybe 4 turns remaining) and went around once more for good measure. I weigh about 215. If you weigh more maybe consider the heavier spring. I might down the road.

Looking forward to softer rides!



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Nice.
There's a couple different shocks available for the SCR but you have to look up yamaha bolt shocks which are identical, not everyone knows they're pretty much the same bike.
Hagon makes a nice shock too.
Progressive suspension 12 inch shocks for a sportser are also good but you need adapter sleeves as the bolt holes are too big.

I've looked into all of these but still have the barron raise up kit with stock shocks. It's taller than stock so my foot pegs dont scrape but still rough as hell on bumps.
 

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Hi! to ever is out there on this forum. I have not found any good suspension suggestions. Challenge accepted.

Owned my bike for about a month, maybe 300 miles I've put on it. The new bike endorphins must be gone because its a pretty rough ride. Sure the seat needs help but the rear suspension is crucial and this one sucks.

Long story short after much research Ohlins HD145.5 296mm (sportster suspension) was what I settled on.

The bike I purchased had a 1.25" custom lift to it ( see pic below🤦‍♂️) and figured the shock was a quarter inch shorter so why the heck not. I went with Ohlins because if for some reason this didnt work out of the box, I knew I could find the part(s) I needed. It was this or in my mind consider another bike.

Ordered them from Italy via Ebay (in my possession in less than a week, awesome)

This weekend pulled off the old stuff and installed the new. Unbelievable fit as far as I'm concerned. The mount bushing diameters are an exact fit to the posts. One minor thing is the lower mounting points needed to be pushed out with some bushings or washers, 2 each side (maybe 3mm?) to be allow for tightening.

Initial ride was great. The Ohlins is a great comfort improvement for the price, and will definitely improve my commute. I'm 6'1 so shorter riders might not like the ride height. It floats over bumps unlike the OEM. Hopefully that progressive spring does its' magic.

As far as adjustability it only has preload which was concerning at first but only praise at this point (maybe follow up in a few weeks) Tightened the suspension down until sag was about 1/16" with the weight of the bike, (pretty far down, maybe 4 turns remaining) and went around once more for good measure. I weigh about 215. If you weigh more maybe consider the heavier spring. I might down the road.

Looking forward to softer rides!



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Yes, please update us when you get a few more miles on her! Nicely done. Jevers
 

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Hi! to ever is out there on this forum. I have not found any good suspension suggestions. Challenge accepted.

Owned my bike for about a month, maybe 300 miles I've put on it. The new bike endorphins must be gone because its a pretty rough ride. Sure the seat needs help but the rear suspension is crucial and this one sucks.

Long story short after much research Ohlins HD145.5 296mm (sportster suspension) was what I settled on.

The bike I purchased had a 1.25" custom lift to it ( see pic below🤦‍♂️) and figured the shock was a quarter inch shorter so why the heck not. I went with Ohlins because if for some reason this didnt work out of the box, I knew I could find the part(s) I needed. It was this or in my mind consider another bike.

Ordered them from Italy via Ebay (in my possession in less than a week, awesome)

This weekend pulled off the old stuff and installed the new. Unbelievable fit as far as I'm concerned. The mount bushing diameters are an exact fit to the posts. One minor thing is the lower mounting points needed to be pushed out with some bushings or washers, 2 each side (maybe 3mm?) to be allow for tightening.

Initial ride was great. The Ohlins is a great comfort improvement for the price, and will definitely improve my commute. I'm 6'1 so shorter riders might not like the ride height. It floats over bumps unlike the OEM. Hopefully that progressive spring does its' magic.

As far as adjustability it only has preload which was concerning at first but only praise at this point (maybe follow up in a few weeks) Tightened the suspension down until sag was about 1/16" with the weight of the bike, (pretty far down, maybe 4 turns remaining) and went around once more for good measure. I weigh about 215. If you weigh more maybe consider the heavier spring. I might down the road.

Looking forward to softer rides!



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looks good. I'm about the same size. 6'2" 235lbs. I ordered a Corbin seat with an additional 2" of height added. total game changer on the ride.
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I like the Corbin seat. Probably my next upgrade and then done for a while. The red stitching is a cool option.

Went for a 30 mile ride yesterday and I am very pleased with the Ohlins. No more rear wheel hopping over bumps and less standing during my commute.

Just a few tweaks to this bike make it that much better.


looks good. I'm about the same size. 6'2" 235lbs. I ordered a Corbin seat with an additional 2" of height added. total game changer on the ride. View attachment 18864
 

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Nice work! I am very close to pulling the trigger on Hagon shocks as lean angle is my biggest concern these days.

With that said at 5'11", with what I believe is a normal inseam. The lean to seat height ratio is way off. I don't know whether the previous owner of my bike raised the front at all but having come from riding a sport bike, its a bit odd.
 

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I like the Corbin seat. Probably my next upgrade and then done for a while. The red stitching is a cool option.

Went for a 30 mile ride yesterday and I am very pleased with the Ohlins. No more rear wheel hopping over bumps and less standing during my commute.

Just a few tweaks to this bike make it that much better.
Just curious if you're still happy with your Ohlins after a few weeks. I'm seriously considering the Ohlins rear springs and fork upgrades. It's a lot of cash, but seems like it might be worth it. Where I live the roads are not always in great condition, and anytime I'm in a corner at speed, the bike just feels wallowy and loose. Doesn't inspire confidence at all. I've adjusted the preload on the stock springs, but it doesn't seem to have much effect. I don't want to drop $1300 on the Ohlins and be disappointed. I love this bike, but a good handling bike, it is not.

I had an FZ8, and that bike felt like it was on rails compared to the SCR. Don't expect it to perform like a sportbike, but it seems like they could've given it a much better suspension.

 

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Just curious if you're still happy with your Ohlins after a few weeks. I'm seriously considering the Ohlins rear springs and fork upgrades. It's a lot of cash, but seems like it might be worth it. Where I live the roads are not always in great condition, and anytime I'm in a corner at speed, the bike just feels wallowy and loose. Doesn't inspire confidence at all. I've adjusted the preload on the stock springs, but it doesn't seem to have much effect. I don't want to drop $1300 on the Ohlins and be disappointed. I love this bike, but a good handling bike, it is not.

I had an FZ8, and that bike felt like it was on rails compared to the SCR. Don't expect it to perform like a sportbike, but it seems like they could've given it a much better suspension.


Im very happy with my decision. The shocks you have pictured are a different model and in my mind an overkill for what the bike is. It all depends on what you're trying to achieve, mine was a bike you can ride without bucking you off on washboard streets that would ride a little higher. No need for a Corbin seat anymore, just an air box that doesnt bang my knee. Putting $2k+ into a $5k bike will make it ride better but you need to look at the bigger picture of what the bike is and how you intend to ride it. My .02c
 

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Im very happy with my decision. The shocks you have pictured are a different model and in my mind an overkill for what the bike is. It all depends on what you're trying to achieve, mine was a bike you can ride without bucking you off on washboard streets that would ride a little higher. No need for a Corbin seat anymore, just an air box that doesnt bang my knee. Putting $2k+ into a $5k bike will make it ride better but you need to look at the bigger picture of what the bike is and how you intend to ride it. My .02c
That's a fair point. It's not a sport bike and never will be. At my rate of cycling through bikes, I may not even own it in a year or two...
 
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