Dropped my CT off at Maxtons today after a slightly nervy 85 mile trip using my Motolug trailer for the first time! I expected it to break loose and bounce down the road but in the event it was easy, stable and trouble free. Loading and unloading was also easier than expected too.
Anyway, Maxtons will fix the poor, uncomfortable ride - they promise!
I know some other forum members are pleased with their results so I too expect to be pleased.
Had a good chat with Richard, I think he is the main man these days.
His view on the Honda philosophy regarding the Crosstourer shock was interesting - and made sense.
In essence, Honda has a reputation for reliability and longevity, we all know that. They put effort into making things last a long time and that applies to the shock too.
They, and we, expect a shock to last 40,50,60,000 miles or more without problems, but they also have to make it within a particular budget.
As a result, the Honda shock is robustly made but is relatively unsophisticated so will last. Seals grip tight and oil is thick. Damping is overdone because the less movement in the shock, the less wear takes place. Springs are made softer to compensate for the high damping rates but the net result is what we all feel through our behinds.
I’m sure the suspension wasn’t developed on UK’s rough old roads so that is a factor too.
Maxton build their shocks differently. They believe in maximising oil flow and reducing ‘stiction’. They employ lighter touch components where it aids movement and use lighter, freer flowing and ‘slippier’ oils. Their preference is to use higher rate springs to support the bike and more modest damping to enable a more supple and plush ride.
The downside of the Maxton philosophy is that the shock will need a service every 10-15000 miles as the lighter oil will degrade quicker and the seals will have a harder job containing it.
On the plus side, the shocks are made for easy servicing and the cost is therefore relatively modest.
It will take 3 years for me to do 15k miles and 3 years in discomfort would make me sell!
Same goes for the forks too though servicing is not so onerous.
Hopefully this is interesting to those that are interested!
I will post my thoughts when I collect the bike next week.