Put 30 miles on the new shocks today. Rode in just about every scenario I will ride in for the most part. Went with a buddy who drives a Canam 1000r turbo. At the start, we were in flat low lands. Higher speed trails, plenty of whoops. The ride was buttery smooth down in the flats. Once in the whoops, things got interesting. I only had about a half inch of preload and dampening set mid range, 7 from full soft. The rear end of this thing was like a bucking bronco! Made me instantly wish I had held out for the gen 3 's to get back in stock. I pulled off the trail and cranked up the dampening to 13 clicks to see if it would help. It did some, and I wasn't too worried as I knew I would be adjusting things after todays ride anyway. Out of the flats and into the hills... Rocky trails, this is where it was obvious these shocks are the cat's meow! My buddy with the canam said smoother than his machine thru this stuff when I let him drive it for a bit. Any buyer's remorse the whoops gave me quickly vanished here. Amazed at the performance. Mind you I still had the compression up at 13 clicks! As we crested the hills and headed in deeper to the springs we were headed to, we got into some technical stuff. Never, even with my roof rack and spare tire up there, did it ever feel top heavy as it did with stock shocks. We did get into some snow, and I had to he winched out as my mongrels weren't up to the task and it just got too deep and heavy, I actually high centered on a sage brush under the snow. Once we hit the turn around point, I backed off the compression 4 clicks to 9 from full soft for the ride down. Ride was great all the way down, amazed me the entire ride Once back into the whoops, I slowed down, as it was still bucking pretty good. Enough in fact to launch my 200ft spool of rescue/climbing rope out of the bed of the car somewhere along the line. It will be missed. 6 miles from the trucks, My buddy calls out over the radio...just blew a belt. 800 miles on his machine is all. So I got to tow him in, plenty of rzr's got a kick out of that. Guess they've been there n done that. Once home, I adjusted some things. I did actually bottom out both front and rear twice, so I added another inch of preload to the rear and 1 1/8 to the front as things settled quite a bit. Set dampening at 7 from full soft for comparison sake as that's where I started today at. Then went for a jaunt down the canal road behind our place. There's a couple whoop like spots, where the rebound didn't seem as nasty, Don't know for sure yet. Handling is noticably improved even more so than what I was pleased with today. Headed back out in the morning about 15 miles north of where we went today in similar type stuff. Anxious to see what the adjustments bring. Local dealer is having a demo day and chili ride. Get to see what the talon is all about tomorrow, along with plenty of rzr's and dirt bikes. Will be fun , but looking forward to dialing these bandits in some more. Definitely worth the price! As others have said, totally different machine! If whoops is part of your regular ride, get the gen 3's. I will not be in them much, so not too worried about lack of rebound adjustment. Will report back what the adjustments made do for me tomorrow.
Last edited by bobsousley; 04-16-2019 at 09:50 AM.