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post #1 of 12 Old Dec 9th, 2014, 10:25 am Thread Starter
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Question Choosing a new rear shock

Hi everybody,

Since my bike is stripped for the winter maintenance, and has now 85 000km, I am considering buying a new rear shock absorber.
My main criterion is comfort (for my lady) and stability (for me).
Here, the options are Ohlins, Wilbers, Hagon or EMC.
The prices are very similar, the Ohlins being on special offer.

Any feedback or suggestion?

Thanks in advance

Bruno

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Re: Choosing a new rear shock

Ohlins every time for me. Fitted Ohlins to my 2005 GS1200 and it has transformed the bike both in terms of comfort and driveability. Fitted a second hand set to my K1200LT recently bought from breakers in the US. Bonus was the rear had a 200 spring already fitted. Got them both serviced and was "quids in" as a result. Look for second hand, get serviced and built for you and the intended use and get riding!

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First choice Ohlins second Wilbers . You have to change both front and rear. A proper set up rear shock will make the front sacked out and the bike unbalanced

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Wilbers has a new, full ESA shock for the LT rear. Three choices of dampening and 5 levels of preload all on one controller. I have been evaluating the new shock for Klaus at Wilbers USA. I have been very happy with it but it does come with a pretty steep price tag. It is also available without the electronic preload but has electronic dampening for a lower price. Contact Klaus at 877-786-6543. By the way I have been running Ohlins on the LT but find them not a sturdy as I would like as I often have to replace many parts during rebuilds every 30 K. If you go much longer between then you need more parts.
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Wilbers has a new, full ESA shock for the LT rear. Three choices of dampening and 5 levels of preload all on one controller. I have been evaluating the new shock for Klaus at Wilbers USA. I have been very happy with it but it does come with a pretty steep price tag. It is also available without the electronic preload but has electronic dampening for a lower price. Contact Klaus at 877-786-6543. By the way I have been running Ohlins on the LT but find them not a sturdy as I would like as I often have to replace many parts during rebuilds every 30 K. If you go much longer between then you need more parts.
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That's cool they are giving attention to the old girl. Historically with Ohlins rebound and preload adjustments get you where one needs to be.

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I put a Yacugar shock on mine last year at that time it had a bigger shaft on it than the rest thats what Ted Porter tolded me at the time.. Any way has been a great improvement and I just put a rear one on

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I would go with the shock that has the most miles between recommended rebuilds. Ohlins will have the least amount of miles you can ride before you need a rebuild.

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Re: Choosing a new rear shock

Anyone have current recommendations on source for the rear Ohlins, just fitted a new front, and need to do rear this winter...clutch too, so saving a few bucks will be...clutch. I've used Max as a dealer and BeemerBoneyard for parts, any less obvious suggestions?

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I put a Yacugar shock on mine last year at that time it had a bigger shaft on it than the rest thats what Ted Porter tolded me at the time.. Any way has been a great improvement and I just put a rear one on

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I had front and rear Yacugars installed on my '07, based on Ted's recommendation for the same reason in June and they now have about 7,400 miles on them...

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Anyone have current recommendations on source for the rear Ohlins, just fitted a new front, and need to do rear this winter...clutch too, so saving a few bucks will be...clutch. I've used Max as a dealer and BeemerBoneyard for parts, any less obvious suggestions?

Thanks!
I ended up getting in on a group buy that a sport bike group had going with Hardracing.com (surf the web sites) on Ohlins. I got the front and rear together for about $1,100. This was back in 2006.

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Re: Choosing a new rear shock

Thank you for your comments
I will go for the ohlins.
They are on special offer at this moment in France.

Thanks again

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Anyone have current recommendations on source for the rear Ohlins, just fitted a new front, and need to do rear this winter...clutch too, so saving a few bucks will be...clutch. I've used Max as a dealer and BeemerBoneyard for parts, any less obvious suggestions?

Thanks!
Dan Kyle Racing is where i got mine and I'm very pleased with the performance and service.

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