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1Back to top Go down    the end of life? nivomat on Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:59 pm

gsxrjeff

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does anyone have any idea when a nivomat shock is officially kaput?
my k100lt seems to wallow and feel light at the front for at least 15mins before becoming OK {just in time to get too work}
2 up with my son as pillion,the back feels like its bottoming out then ten minutes later its OK!
is this normal and am I being paranoid?
help!!!!

    

2Back to top Go down    Re: the end of life? nivomat on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:31 pm

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One of the features of the nivomat shock is that it is self leveling. I had them on two BMW's that I bought new and both of them would bottom out at the beginning of the ride. I'm really surprised that you are still using them. While the idea of self leveling is good I found the life of the shock to be very short. I replaced mine on both bikes probably in less then three years.


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3Back to top Go down    Re: the end of life? nivomat on Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:03 pm

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@gsxrjeff wrote:does anyone have any idea when a nivomat shock is officially kaput?
my k100lt seems to wallow and feel light at the front for at least 15mins before becoming OK {just in time to get too work}
2 up with my son as pillion,the back feels like its bottoming out then ten minutes later its OK!
is this normal and am I being paranoid?
help!!!!
Probably right about now....

I had one on my first LT and transferred it to the second when the first became a donor bike. It worked fine, but I also experienced the unsettling wallowing (mainly when cornering at higher speeds on uneven tarmac). Over a relatively short period, the ride became harder and I was cursing every bump and manhole cover as it felt like it was bottoming out and giving me a hard jolt. As this was a progressive failure, I didn't recognise the incremental deterioration as being the nivomat being at the end of it's long life (I think it was the original fit on a '90 bike). I then took the bike fully loaded with camping gear over to Ireland and that really emphasised that it was truly done for. Another symptom was the fact that the bike (even when unloaded) was sitting much lower at the back end and getting nigh on impossible to get up onto the centre stand as well as stilling very upright on the side stand. There was no sign of any leakage of oil, but when off the bike, it was obvious that it had become a piece of scrap and had ceased to be a shock absorber.

On return home, I finally admitted that the shock was no more and invested in a RAM Shock (Realm Engineering)...holy cow, what an amazing difference! Suddenly the roads almost felt smooth again. I have RAM Shocks on both my LTs now and (now I've got over the upfront cost) am very happy with them.


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"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurancewrite-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red) (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike). June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

4Back to top Go down    Re: the end of life? nivomat on Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:54 pm

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thx very much for the reply's,especially the centre stand!mine has in the past month become harder to use.
there is no leakage from the unit,but when 2 up i have noticed there is only about an inch of travel left on the unit!!
i fear it has ceased to be,it is an x nivomat.

    

5Back to top Go down    Re: the end of life? nivomat on Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:22 pm

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It's become time to nail it to the perch Jeff.


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6Back to top Go down    Re: the end of life? nivomat on Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:55 pm

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its gone ,got a ram shock Laughing far better handling now.

    

7Back to top Go down    Re: the end of life? nivomat on Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:05 pm

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Nice to hear a happy ending - has it improved the centre stand-ability too?


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"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurancewrite-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red) (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike). June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

8Back to top Go down    Re: the end of life? nivomat on Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:49 pm

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yeah, well easy to lift now

    

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