Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Bouncy Lt
Originally Posted by jameshawk
So I got 160K miles off my OE shocks , you guys are changing them out at 30K. Anyone want to sell me their used ones?
You rode 160K on your shocks, but you just don't know how bad they have been for at least 125K! You did not "get" that kind of mileage out of them, you just rode them far past their useful life. Shocks are something MANY people ride WAY too long, on cars and bikes, because the change in the way they work is so gradual that you do not notice a "change". However, the rebound absorption of yours just about completely disappeared long ago. Riding with worn out shocks not only rides bad, it is dangerous if you get into a situation where handling can be the difference between keeping some control or going down.
I let my originals go 50,000 miles, WAY too long. Changed to Ohlins, and it was like riding a completely different bike, better than new. The beauty of Ohlins or Wilburs is that they can have their nitrogen recharged for about $25 each, and completely rebuilt for about $100 each. Makes them far cheaper than OEM replacements after the first rebuild, which should be around 35,000 miles, certainly well before 50,000. The OEM's are pretty much shot after 35,000 miles.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.