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 your 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 more easily increasing comfort
level, and prevents it from bottoming out due to its rising spring rate as it
The IKON motorcycle dampers only 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
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 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 this spring seat is fitted in the best possible position and can be set to the required height.
A predetermined damping characteristic is always a compromise between road
holding and comfort. One rider likes the bike to have a firm suspension for
optimum handling others like to cruise on softer suspension, while some like
to compromise between the two!
With IKON you don't have to deal with compromises. With our four distinctive positions the damping can be set from comfortable to very sporty, simply by turning a knob.
Don't compromise, take IKON.
Choosing a new shock absorber can be a bit of a gamble. It may function
correctly, but for how long? Leaking shocks are common place and the damping
can fade before long.
A quality shock absorber with a long life is most manufacturers aim, but few achieve it.
IKON is one manufacturer who achieved and maintained this goal.
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 spring and supported by a World Wide Dealer network, at a very favourable price. Ask today for the price of a IKON shock and you'll be surprised.