Hagon shocks

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03/11/2007 at 14:53
Bike-related post, sorry.

I'm wondering what people's experiences have been with these.

I had one fitted to the VFR in April and it has either started leaking or the valving has gone south. It pracftically bottoms out when I sit on the bike and I haven't put on that much weight.

It is under warranty so not a massive problem but I was a bit surprised that it gave out 6 months and 5000 miles later.

Freak occurrence?
03/11/2007 at 14:59
Ares wrote
Bike-related post, sorry.

I'm wondering what people's experiences have been with these.

I had one fitted to the VFR in April and it has either started leaking or the valving has gone south. It pracftically bottoms out when I sit on the bike and I haven't put on that much weight.

It is under warranty so not a massive problem but I was a bit surprised that it gave out 6 months and 5000 miles later.

Freak occurrence?


Thought they had a 2 year unlimited mileage waranty

Visordown Elefantentreffen 2007
03/11/2007 at 15:16
They're crap and belong on tractors. IMHO of course.
03/11/2007 at 15:19
Zanx wrote
They're crap and belong on tractors. IMHO of course.


Yeah Katana it is under warranty.

What would you suggest Zanx? I'm nowhere near a good enough rider to justify Ohlins.
03/11/2007 at 15:29
Ares wrote
Yeah Katana it is under warranty.

What would you suggest Zanx? I'm nowhere near a good enough rider to justify Ohlins.


IMO Hagons are good for one thing, getting a bike though an MOT because the old one is shot to bits. Can't really help much here, I had a couple of Hagons on different bikes then decided to jump to WP or Technoflex. There isn't really enough price difference between Hagon and WP/Bitubo/Technoflex/Maxton to make the Hagon worthwhile. Everyone's different, depends on how much value you place on the handling of a bike, for me it's almost the No.1 priority after reliability.

If it's bottoming out then surely the spring has sagged?
03/11/2007 at 15:37
I'm disagreeing with Zanx. Have had a Hagon monoshock on my bike for over 5 years, must have done over 80-100k in that time. It's been rebuilt once. Handling is absolutely fine, the bros is a decent handling bike, a pogo stick would show itself awfully quickly. Build quality is brilliant, it's durable and cheap. I would absolutely recommend it (on a Bros and on the road anyway, I'm not going to pretend I've tested one all makes of bikes on the track or anything).

It's not awfully adjustable, rather basic - but then I'm not one that spends forever tweaking.

About 250 quid? - still must be 150 quid cheaper than Maxton or Technoflex.

That said, if it was going on a spendy sports bike I'd prolly go for the bespoke option - horses for courses.

My 2p.
03/11/2007 at 15:52
when i first started as a courier way back when i used to fit hagon shocks as i got them cheap,
they always started out really hard then with in 4 months they were rubbish.
it took me about 2 year the i always bought ohlins after that as it was cheaper in the long run as they could be rebuilt and worked properly.

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03/11/2007 at 15:54
egypt220 wrote
when i first started as a courier way back when i used to fit hagon shocks as i got them cheap,
they always started out really hard then with in 4 months they were rubbish.
it took me about 2 year the i always bought ohlins after that as it was cheaper in the long run as they could be rebuilt and worked properly.


Interesting, thanks.

That mirrors my experience....
03/11/2007 at 16:25
Just had one fitted to the Fazer, well about 6k miles ago, bit of a bugger to set up as the damping adjustment is all in the last bit of travel on the grub nut.

Once set up it's fine.

A mate, who weighs around 20 stone, had one on his B12 for 4 years, never missed a beat in all that. He put about 60k miles on the bike, every where from British winters to Spanish summers.

Quite a lot cheaper than the competition as well. If I rated my riding more highly I might have bought a Maxton shock, but know how crap I really am

Murphy's 6th Law 'if every thing appears to be going fine, you missed something'

One day my fingers will type the letters teh in the correct order..... one day.....

Want a holiday in France?

TiT #38D
03/11/2007 at 16:26
PS, they are also fully rebuildable

Murphy's 6th Law 'if every thing appears to be going fine, you missed something'

One day my fingers will type the letters teh in the correct order..... one day.....

Want a holiday in France?

TiT #38D
03/11/2007 at 16:33
they are but it takes them about a week to turn it around,ohlins they do it in a day,and ohlins take a year or 2 if used on the road to go saggy

http://www.technomoto.co.uk/ 15% discount to VD members 0207 328 7659(ring for a nice price)

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03/11/2007 at 16:36
Ares wrote
Bike-related post, sorry.

I'm wondering what people's experiences have been with these.

I had one fitted to the VFR in April and it has either started leaking or the valving has gone south. It pracftically bottoms out when I sit on the bike and I haven't put on that much weight.

It is under warranty so not a massive problem but I was a bit surprised that it gave out 6 months and 5000 miles later.

Freak occurrence?



My own past experience is that they are bloody awful quality.
That said the last set I used was on an XS650 so it's some while ago.

They may have improved.
03/11/2007 at 16:43
Seems to me like the ones posting that Hagon are crap have been using the old dual shock stuff???

Murphy's 6th Law 'if every thing appears to be going fine, you missed something'

One day my fingers will type the letters teh in the correct order..... one day.....

Want a holiday in France?

TiT #38D
03/11/2007 at 16:47
no i had a mono shock on my cb1 lasted 5 months,put an ohlins on from a cbr600 it last till past when i sold the bike 3 yrs later.
and all courier work only.

http://www.technomoto.co.uk/ 15% discount to VD members 0207 328 7659(ring for a nice price)

 MOTOPHYSHO The best bike service workshop in the city(london) 0207 837 0444 as for keith.

              ebay shop is cbbuzzer, http://stores.ebay.co.uk/cbbuzzer_W0QQ_trksidZp1638.m118.l1247

03/11/2007 at 16:48
I always knew Hagons were a budget shock and shouldn't be compared to ohlins etc, but this is the first I've heard of them being useless?

Always heard Hagons were a decent firm to deal with too. Try the warranty route?


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03/11/2007 at 16:48
I put one on my hornet and promptly rode 1500 miles around France, up hill and down dale, and it was first class.

don't forget this little boy...
03/11/2007 at 16:51
egypt220 wrote
no i had a mono shock on my cb1 lasted 5 months,put an ohlins on from a cbr600 it last till past when i sold the bike 3 yrs later.
and all courier work only.




Fair enough, how long ago was that?? Hoping time has passed and the one my mate had wasn't a fluke.

Murphy's 6th Law 'if every thing appears to be going fine, you missed something'

One day my fingers will type the letters teh in the correct order..... one day.....

Want a holiday in France?

TiT #38D
03/11/2007 at 16:56
2004 when i sold the cb1

http://www.technomoto.co.uk/ 15% discount to VD members 0207 328 7659(ring for a nice price)

 MOTOPHYSHO The best bike service workshop in the city(london) 0207 837 0444 as for keith.

              ebay shop is cbbuzzer, http://stores.ebay.co.uk/cbbuzzer_W0QQ_trksidZp1638.m118.l1247

03/11/2007 at 17:03
TRX n Me = ) wrote
Seems to me like the ones posting that Hagon are crap have been using the old dual shock stuff???


Was it the XS650 that gave the game away?
Dang...I thought I hid it quite well too.
03/11/2007 at 17:28
Lhibou Sage wrote
Was it the XS650 that gave the game away?
Dang...I thought I hid it quite well too.




I'd also got the idea, but heaven knows where from, that egypt220 had been using the old twin shocks

Murphy's 6th Law 'if every thing appears to be going fine, you missed something'

One day my fingers will type the letters teh in the correct order..... one day.....

Want a holiday in France?

TiT #38D
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