I fitted a Hagon Monoshock to the rear of the Tiger 955i and Hagon Progressive Fork Springs . I choose the Hagon option as it has been well reviewed
by BigStripey, Loops and others on the Triumphrat.net site.
The Hagon Shock transformed the handling. The Tiger had much more "Poise" and lost much of the floaty vagueness that comes with tourer/trailie bikes. I
was delighted. The Hagon shock is 2mm shorter, I guess the spring is a bit stiffer, this combination meant that the seat height out of the box was exactly the
same as the standard shock on minimum pre-load. The suspension was still on the soft side with lots of travel but much better damping control. For shorties
like me there was scope to slacken the spring and lower the ride height even further which you can't do on the standard shock. Very nicely made, rebuildable
and half the cost of WP or Ohlins.
The Hagon Fork Springs had less of an impact. I dropped the forks another 10mm through the Yolks to 20mm. The handling was very stable on smooth
roads, brake dive seemed less. On bumpy B roads it felt a little firmer which is good. I would definitely fit the Shock first and I'd have the springs as a distant
It took half a day to fit the shock. The
problem was not being able to get a
socket & extension on the bottom bolt
from the right. The manual said
remove the exhaust system (Yep, this
meant removing the radiator, oil
cooler, exhaust pipes & silencer). I
found it much easier to remove the
rear wheel, remove the swinging arm
spindle and the shock top mount.
The shock came away attached to the
The next big problem was removing
the spacer for the bottom mounting in
the swinging arm. I had to turn a drift
on my lathe and belt it very, very hard
from the r/h side (i.e. From the brake
side towards the sprocket side). It
would not budge the other way on my
Tiger. If you attempt this find a local
garage with an hydraulic press to
press the spacer out.
Tip: I used this opportunity to grease
the swinging arm bearings.
Hagon on left & Standard Tiger on right
I didn't need a remote height
adjuster so I purchased the
cheaper Hagon shock option. I
aways ride solo and I travel light as
bulky luggage spoils the riding
pleasure for me. Hagon can
supply a remote height adjuster if
I fabricated a new larger Mudflap fashioned from a Car Mat with
a strip of steel behind to stop it rubbing on the rear tyre at speed.
The Mudflap kept the rear shock nice and clean and was hardly
noticeable on the bike with the wheel in place.
Hagon Shock Absorber & Hagon Fork Springs on a Tiger 955i
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