Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
If the ride is getting really bumpy, or you've maxed out the preload in the rear and it still feels like it's bottoming out, or you're dragging hard parts like the centerstand even through mild corners, or when going over mild bumps or "washboard" pavement in corners and the bike feels like it's losing contact with the ground and is unstable, then you probably need new shocks.
There is no defined "they're worn out" mileage or time on them. I've needed a replacement/rebuild in as short as 18,000 miles, but I know folks who have ridden 80-100,000 miles on the stock ones with no troubles. Suspension wear is more about conditions and riding style in those conditions, and your comfort with the bike's stability and ability to respond to your inputs in a predictable and reliable manner. If you're having consistent and/or serious concern or discomfort in any of these areas, conditions, or scenarios, you may want to consider replacing them.
San Jose, CA
2010 R1200RT Polar Metallic
Booze Brother #4
The shortest distance between two points is for people who don't ride!
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