Honda Forza 300 - Which aftermarket rear shocks are best?

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  1. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Anyone installed either the Bitubo or Malossi rear shocks on their Forza 300? Out of these two brands, anyone have any opinion on which might be better? If you do have an opinion, what's it based on? Has anyone directly compared the two? ( I know I'm leaving out the Ohlins and YSS rear shocks, but the Ohlins are too pricey and I think the YSS need to be ordered Thailand)
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  2. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    The Bitubo WMB02V2 is available on Ebay from a company called Omnia Racing, located in Italy, I think. Cost is $323, plus $40 shipping.

    The Malossi shocks are going for around $289/pair, with free shipping. These come from a company in South Carolina.

    (I have no affiliation with either seller or company, just looking for the best medium-cost rear shocks)
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  3. corduraman

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    I was considering the bitubo rear shocks for my Honda sh300i however eventually ruled them out on grounds of cost - indeed Omnia racing were the supplier - the OEM shocks are doing a perfectly good job - a company using the Forsa brand also supply budget price shocks for your ForZa
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  4. Steve_h1963

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    Try hagon shocks.
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  5. Cosmic_Jumper

    Cosmic_Jumper Been here awhile

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    YSS are ~$200. Yeah, they need to be ordered, but shipping from Thailand is frequently quicker than ordering Forza parts from Honda.
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  7. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Why cant you order YSS from usa. Even heard they rebuild any shock that they think can be rebuild to your specs.
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    [Why cant you order YSS from usa.]
    When I ordered my rear shock from them, I called them and since they had made some for them (BR) already it was more about my weight and load requirements.
    One of the best swaps for my BR, as the stock one was very washy to me.
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  9. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Did a Google search (albeit a brief one), and could not find Hagons for the Forza 300. Do you know for sure that they make them? - Thanks.
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  10. Steve_h1963

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    Ah, I should have check first. They don't have them listed on their website so possibly not. It might still be worth giving them a call, Forza 300s are popular enough so I expect they will be interested. I put Hagons on my silverwing and it's made a real difference.
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    Hey Phil, YSS shocks from Bikerbitz arrive in under 10 days. I installed a new set on my Forza in December. But the bitch of it's been the cold and snowy weather so she sits! Haven't tested yet.

    YSS makes a large line of shocks but the only Forza shocks would be the TC302-400TL-03o-85.
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    Yes they can....but they actually cost more than paying $234 + shipping from Far East and take longer to get. Yes, that's correct. Takes longer.
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    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    Picked up a used Forza 300 with 3.6K (kms) on the odo.
    The rear shocks were set on 2. Was owned by a girl and since I'm 95 kgs and my boy is 26kgs I figured bump the shocks preload up to 4 out of 5 as most bikes I've had have come softly sprung from the factory.
    Found the ride way too harsh.
    Did a bit of googling and read posts from the Forza forum re shocks and especially after market shocks.
    Was thinking I would be needing a set of YSS to improve the ride quality.
    Anyways after reading I went out and dropped the preload right back to 1 and went for a spin.
    Damned if the ride wasn't vastly improved. Took most of the harshness out of the ride.
    I was fully expecting the scooter to wallow through corners but so far so good.
    Noticed the springs are progressive rather than straight rate.
    A change to an appropriate straight rate spring for my weight could possibly take harshness out of the last part of the stroke and allow more preload to be added.
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    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    Got myself an Airhawk 2 cruiser pad today. A few puffs of air and good to go.
    Don't feel the need for a shock upgrade now. See how it goes over time but so far so good.
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    For a lot less than the couple of hundred bucks for"name" aftermarket shocks, you can try shocks from different models. They're cheap on craigslist/ebay and don't have to be even from the same manufacturer, as long as the ends are compatible. Depending on if you want stiffer or lighter shocks, look for shocks from smaller or bigger scooters or even motorcycles.
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  17. HandKPhil

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    I have done exactly that in the past on a couple of scooters. Somewhere on here is a thread detailing the conversion of my 1987 Honda Elite 150 from OEM shocks to Honda CL360 shocks. It made an enormous improvement in ride quality too.
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    I only have experience with the Malossi's on the Forza. To be blunt, they transformed the scoot. The Honda shocks were murder on my back riding these Wisconsin roads full of frost heaves. The Malossi's float over frost heaves. I would buy them again 100% . After my 19 hour Iron Butt of Lake Superior last summer I was fine. Not beat up one bit.

    Two guys on Triumphs passed me near Silver Bay MN. I caught them at a gas stop and they couldn't believe they had to go 80mph to pass me. I was cruising 75 on the Forza no problems,,,
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