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NITRON’S SHOCKINGLY GOOD V-TWIN SUSPENSION STORY Founded in 1998 by former SPAX automotive and WP Suspension man Guy Evans, Nitron Racing Systems is a high-end UK based suspension manufacturer with a story to tell – and they are headed for AIMExpo in September to tell it! Nitron Founder/CEO Guy Evans: “Our tooling and assembly system enables us to do runs of 10 as easily as runs of a few hundred. We have our own R&D and prototyping CNC machines with production parts made by specialist aerospace and automotive sub-contractors with advanced CNC machines in other parts of the UK.” Sportster 12000X itron started out making shock absorbers for cars, but these days their motorcycle product line accounts for more than 35 percent of sales, and Evans sees the motorcycle aftermarket as where Nitron’s best prospects for further growth lays. “I’ve been a rider for a very long time, and although I was initially hesitant about getting into the motorcycle market, our sales have grown steadily ever since we showed a limited run of our first motorcycle designs.” That limited run has now evolved into a large range of high performance shocks – offered either in kit form or made and built to the customer’s own requirements, with applications for all sectors of the motorcycle industry. “Our whole manufacturing process is geared to modularity and customization,” Evans says. “Our tooling and assembly system enables us to do runs of 10 as easily as runs of a few hundred. We have our own R&D and prototyping CNC machines, with production parts made by specialist aerospace and automotive sub-contractors with advanced CNC machines in other parts of the UK.” Nitron specializes in gas monotubes, which “cool better than twin tube systems with a second tube inside because of the increased air contact,” says Evans, “but they are trickier to make. Gas monotubes N www.AMDchampionship.com “manufacturing is geared to modularity and customization” PARTS AND ACCESSORIES are filled with oil and have a pressurized gas cell separated by a second finely machined piston.” They are made from aerospace grade aluminum alloys and use stainless steel components, which reduces mass and inertia whilst improving cooling, and after CNC billet machining, they are hard and titanium anodized for protection against corrosion. Because Nitron’s motorcycle shocks are all hand- built to order and made to exacting tolerances from high specification components to exacting tolerances, Evans says the result is a lightweight shock with excellent anti-fade properties that will last a long time, Teflon-lined bearings and bushes to AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - AUGUST 2017 23