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CBX rear shocks

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:08 pm
Has anyone used the rear shock sets for the 1979/80 CBX available from David Silver spares, and any comments on them please

Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:41 pm
by steve murdoch icoa #5322
Assuming these are the ones you are asking about? ... rt_332249/

Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:32 am
Hi Steve, Those are the shocks. Have you tried them?

Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:13 am
by steve murdoch icoa #5322
Have not tried them and unfortunately not seen any feedback about them anywhere.
I understand using the David Silver ones if you are going for a stock appearance otherwise another option would be to contact Nils about the Ikon shocks.
Yes i know shipping to SA could be a deal breaker.

Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:56 pm
Thanks for your feedback Steve. The Ikon shocks are quite a bit more expensive, so I think I will give the David Silver ones a try.

Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:51 am
by daves79x
On the other hand, you'd be getting shocks that actually work AND look good with the Ikon shocks. IOW, as always, you get what you pay for.


Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:19 pm
by Crazy Canuck
For something in between those two, I just bought a set of Hagon shocks and they really look well built,not cheap looking at all, unfortunately no experience on them yet as my bike isn't ready .....all in to my door in Canada for $300 Can.

Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:01 am
by NobleHops

We do offer a couple of good options for the twin-shock CBX, plus another for the Prolink too.

The Ikon 76 series are classic twin-tube dampers, identical to the Koni that begat them. These are our super value shocks, at $280 for the pair, with chrome bodies and black powdercoat springs. Adding chrome springs for something more in keeping with the original shocks adds $70 to the cost of a pair. These are adjustable for preload using a three position ramped collar. We have a limited selection of alternate springs for the 76 series, but if a lighter or heavier spring is needed for your use of the bike, that is done at no cost. ... ts/76-4004

The flagship of the Ikon line is the multi-adjustable 7610. In fact these use the very same internal damper as the 76 series, but damping is adjustable over a range of 4 positions. Preload is the same - 3 position, ramped collar, easily adjusted with the supplied spanner. ... /7610-1413

These are also identical to the Koni that they are derived from. The 7610 has a wider range of appearance options as shown. We also have a wider selection of alternate springs on the 7610 for any needed fine tuning of that, also at no charge.

Related: The shock for the CB750s (7610-1296) is almost exactly 1 inch shorter than the CBX’ shock, uses the same springs, and bolts right up. We lowered a CBX very effectively with these shocks plus raising the fork tubes the same amount in the clamps. If you do this, you should also shorten the side stand in between the spring hook and the foot, by half that amount (1/2”). Like so the side stand will still come to rest on the rubber stopper and the bike will lean very safely and correctly when the lowered bike is parked.

For the Prolink bikes we have a fully modern floating piston gas charged shock that is excellent. I have one on my own Prolink and it is superb: ... k-absorber

All Ikon shocks carry a 1 year warranty and are fully rebuildable. Happy to answer any questions about any of these products, anytime. Reach me at RestoCycle, link below.


Nils Menten
RestoCycle LLC
Ikon Shocks USA

Re: CBX rear shocks

Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:27 pm
by Syscrush
I'm late to this party, but I like talking about twin shock setups, so I wanna share a bit. Someone else facing the same decision might find this useful.

I wanted fancy for my bike - most people jump immediately to Ohlins when they think "damping" and "fancy", but the shock that Ohlins specs for the CBX is the HO-140 S36P. It's a good gas-charged shock and according to my favorite suspension shop the damping out of the box should be excellent. These should be a very nice ready-to-ride shock - but I wanted more adjustability than these offer (preload only), and I also wanted black & chrome instead of the gold of the Ohlins.

So, I went with YSS RG362-360 TRCL-09 with optional 20-click compression adjusters. Compared to the Ohlins:
  • Pro: They're the color I wanted.
  • Pro: 4-way adjustable (compression, rebound, preload, and length for YSS vs preload only for Ohlins).
  • Pro: Price is a bit below the Ohlins, but with more features and similar build quality. This looks attractive but did not really work out.
  • Con: Less bling. You never have to explain why you chose Ohlins - but with YSS you can get sucked into a well, actually... kind of conversation too easily.
  • Con: The valving out of the box is garbage. What I saw from the shock dyno indicates an unrideable mess. When you add the cost to re-valve, it costs more than the Ohlins. Buying these shocks without having them re-valved would be an utter waste of money, IMO.
  • Con: They're a progressive-wound spring. This has some theoretical disadvantages vs. straight-rate springs. I don't have any problems in practice, but I would have preferred straight-rate.
And how well do the re-valved YSS shocks work? I am extremely happy with them. They compare favorably to the fancy WP suspension that I had on my KTM Duke 690, and the custom-valved Cogent shock I had on my SV. It took a couple of rides (and a proper tire inflation!) to get them dialed in, but a click here and there make differences you can feel, and the rear suspension now feels great. Top spec. I also moved to the larger 16mm pivot bolt and a beefier aluminum swingarm at the same time, so I can't speak to how well they'd do on a bike that's closer to stock, but IMO on a twin-shock bike the swinger shouldn't be as big a factor as it is for a single shock setup.