First ride on my new Hagon 2810 rear shocks. I’m impressed.
Obviously I have to give two caveats; first, my last ride on the TEC Bike Parts piggy back shocks was effectively only on one shock, as the drive-side one had fallen apart. Second, I have zero real knowledge about how to set up suspension pre-load, dampening, etc. and the TEC Bike Parts shocks were on the bike when I bought it and further dialled in my me. The Hagons were done by the guys there based on my weight (also idk what weight the TEC Bike Parts springs were designed for).
It’s hard to describe any one thing – it’s just that classic “they’re better” feeling. Firm, but not harsh, bumps are smoother – especially speed bumps (really surprised by that), etc. I've not touched a thing either, just put them on straight out the box.
On the handling, although I sort of enjoyed the lazy handling of the short rear, it is better at this height (350mm). Flat-footing is borderline, but close enough, and better than the stock 360mm for 5ft 8' me. I have zero inclination to even think about messing with the font. Well at least until the oil needs changing…
Overall I think they are a good upgrade for the Triumph air-cooled twins. Let’s be honest, it’s an old and heavy bike design with numerous flaws. I’m sure better shocks would still be better yet, and the 2810s are tubby boys, but at ~£200 for a set of British shocks they seem proportional to the bike’s* abilities. So on balance, the right choice. Time will obviously tell how they hold up – especially the chrome.
*and plenty good enough for the rider's too”!