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So what's the word on that shock? Did it work out? I'm a pretty big guy at 6' and about 160-170k loaded with gear and work stuff... I'm sure I'll be bottoming out the shock. Need more travel and resistance probably...

I don't even have the bike yet, but I'd like to be as informed as possible...
 

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If this message is for me (sorry I'm IT incompetent), my shock did improve things but the front now feels bouncy on rough roads; mind you I'm not sure if that's down to the new shock not yet being properly fine tuned, still work in progress.
I can absolutely identify with blackpearlgirl's comments re Gs suspension compared with the vulcan. My previous bikes were all trailie/trailie style.
 

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So what's the word on that shock? Did it work out? I'm a pretty big guy at 6' and about 160-170k loaded with gear and work stuff... I'm sure I'll be bottoming out the shock. Need more travel and resistance probably...



I don't even have the bike yet, but I'd like to be as informed as possible...


When I first got the Vulcan s I was told not to adjust the rear shock until first service so it could bed in( probably a crock). But I did as I was told I use to weigh 160 kg and it was bottoming out when I ever I hit a dip in the road near home if I did not slow down enough. At first service it was adjusted right out and now it's fine it has not bottomed out afterwards.


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Front forks - fitting Racetech emulators with the lightest weight oil, dropping the forks thru' the triple clamps by 10mm made a huge improvement to my Vulcan S
 

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When I first got the Vulcan s I was told not to adjust the rear shock until first service so it could bed in( probably a crock). But I did as I was told I use to weigh 160 kg and it was bottoming out when I ever I hit a dip in the road near home if I did not slow down enough. At first service it was adjusted right out and now it's fine it has not bottomed out afterwards.


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If you do weigh 160kgs that's pretty close to maximum load for the spring, I'd suggest getting a stronger spring, then the dampening won't be adequate

Possibly an after market shock would be a great investment
 

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Hi.
Update on the suspension: Having replaced the rear shock with a modified YSS one I sent the forks of to Firefox Racing, UK (I live in France). They changed the springs re valved them and changed the oil. The turn around was pretty quick but they did say that December time was a bit quiet, surprise surprise.
I fitted them in the new year but last week was the first time I could take the bike out for a run; the difference is considerable, the forks much more "pliant" (?). With the front now working I think I'll try softening the rear slightly, it seems to be more apparent now. The only other thing I did notice and I don't know whether it was my memory/imagination but I felt that the front didn't fall into the bends in the way I remembered. I need to take it out for a much longer to double check. Whatever, it was great to get out on the bike again.
I am very happy with the work Firefox did, they gave me good advice, for example arguing against some of the more expensive modifications that are currently available on the market. The shock cost me about £270, including delivery, which also includes the cost of sending the original (they now have the info to make them to order). The forks cost me £260 including delivery both ways. That seems to be good value given the improvements it's made to the ride quality.
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sorry to get this started again but after going through paved twisties on mountain roads. i could certainly feel all the bumps on the roads which felt disconcerting while going through bends and corners at speed. i have a custom corbin seat but the rear of the bike bottoming out, i still get launched off my seat.

so for us here in the United States,

please share anything you have done (pls not corbin or airhawk suggestions). thanks
Have you tried changing the preload on the rear spring?
 

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I contacted Racetech today and they don't have a rear shock for the bike but they will rework the front forks if I send them in. I took it out for a few hours today and the bike is growing on me some. I't really fun to ride at a spirited pace on a windy road until the road surface begins to degrade. I was also launched out of the saddle once on a bump which isn't ideal. If I can get the suspension worked out I'll keep it. If anyone finds a replacement rear shock please advise.

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I have been researching the rear shock issue and found two US based possibilities. I spoke with "Dan" from Traxxion Suspension who seemed interested and he asked if there were any owners of the Vulcan S in the Atlanta GA area. If so, he would like to look at the shock and would consider manufacturing an improved unit. If so, he can be contacted at [email protected].

I also spoke with "Ted" at Wilbers America" who is the US based representative for YSS Europe. He indicated it would be ideal if someone on the list could send him a shock but if not, he wold need the following dimensions: Length end to end from center of the bushing hole as well as length and diameter of the hole in metric measurements. Ted's contact information is: 831-438-1100.
 

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I rode about 80 miles yesterday on a windy but bumpy road and this morning it feels like someone pounded my spine with a pile driver. I have an appointment with a suspension specialist in town on Friday to improve the front forks and look into a better rear strut. If all he can improve is the front forks the bike is going on Cycle Trader as soon as I get my license plates and Title in the mail. Too bad because it's so fun to ride. I will post the outcome of the appointment for those of you with similar complaints.
 

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I have been researching the rear shock issue and found two US based possibilities. I spoke with "Dan" from Traxxion Suspension who seemed interested and he asked if there were any owners of the Vulcan S in the Atlanta GA area. If so, he would like to look at the shock and would consider manufacturing an improved unit. If so, he can be contacted at [email protected].

I also spoke with "Ted" at Wilbers America" who is the US based representative for YSS Europe. He indicated it would be ideal if someone on the list could send him a shock but if not, he wold need the following dimensions: Length end to end from center of the bushing hole as well as length and diameter of the hole in metric measurements. Ted's contact information is: 831-438-1100.
thanks for doing the research Raffa. Unfortunately I am nowhere near Atlanta or State of Georgia for that matter. As for Wilbers America, I think I am the wrong guy to give measurements to a professional.

Any other owners out there?
 

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I rode about 80 miles yesterday on a windy but bumpy road and this morning it feels like someone pounded my spine with a pile driver. I have an appointment with a suspension specialist in town on Friday to improve the front forks and look into a better rear strut. If all he can improve is the front forks the bike is going on Cycle Trader as soon as I get my license plates and Title in the mail. Too bad because it's so fun to ride. I will post the outcome of the appointment for those of you with similar complaints.
Last week I rode 300 miles over two days on Illinois two-lane highways that included some road construction and a few miles of gravel road. I did not experience any discomfort from it. I am sorry that the Vulcan S does not fit your needs. For me, while it does not qualify as plush, it performs about how i expected it to.
 

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Last week I rode 300 miles over two days on Illinois two-lane highways that included some road construction and a few miles of gravel road. I did not experience any discomfort from it. I am sorry that the Vulcan S does not fit your needs. For me, while it does not qualify as plush, it performs about how i expected it to.
Ditto.. .I've had the bike for about a month and have put 700+ miles on it on mixed types of roads. While I agree the suspension is stiff, for me, it's not abusive. I recently added the Hebco Becker solo back rest, and things are even better. Of course I've been mountain biking for 15 years, so riding this bike is like riding a sofa in comparison :grin2:
 
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