Fournales air shocks have been around for more than 30 years. They started out with competition-winning trials shocks and
developed hundreds of applications over a few years. Made to order in France, they have a dedicated following among
riders who appreciate their excellent performance, long life, ease of adjustment, light weight, and most of all the quality of ride they provide.
These days Fournales also make suspension units for light aircraft, and the bike shocks benefit from this high-tech knowhow.
They are high-pressure air shocks, with the air acting as a very progressive spring, with hydraulic damping tuned specially for
each bike model. The internal air pressure can be adjusted (in effect to provide your perfect spring rate) and once set up these
shocks will not bottom out - they simply get harder as they are compressed. As a result both traction and performance under braking
are improved, and the superb ride quality is ideal if you or your passenger suffer from back pain.
The Air Twins with their black cover over chrome slider are ideal as superb replacements on larger Triumphs (e.g. 750 Bonnevilles),
Norton Commandos, many Laverdas, etc. They are slimline shocks, with 50mm lower body diameter, so look the part.
Fournales shocks are very long-lived and fully rebuildable if/when they eventually need refurbishing. So although not cheap to buy,
they can end up being much cheaper than inferior shocks because of the great mileages they can cover without significant loss
of performance. They are supplied fully pressurised and ready to fit. Many riders find that the standard pressure suits them
and do not need to change it. But if, for example, you plan a long distance 2-up holiday it makes sense to increase the pressure
to convert the shocks into heavy duty units for the trip. (A small HP30 hand pump provides up to 30 bar / 430psi and costs
£52.50 or £45 if purchased with shocks).
All Fournales twinshocks can be uprated for fitting to motorcycles with sidecars if specified at time of order.
The shocks will be built to match the additional weight, and in addition will run at an air pressure approx 30% higher than
standard. As these shocks are all made to order in France, delivery takes approx 3 weeks, except in the summertime when,
being French, the factory closes for the whole of august!