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    After-Market Rear Shock?

    I've seen a couple after-market rear shocks. Has anyone tried one? Was it worth it? What were the differences?
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    http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-...rway-car-crash

    Now that's a rear shock for you!!!! Don't drive angry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-...rway-car-crash

    Now that's a rear shock for you!!!! Don't drive angry!
    True enough - thats a real shock!
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    This is something I've been thinking about. At Americade I checked with Ohlins, and they were (unfortunately) able to verify that they do NOT have a shock for this bike. However, another company held in high regard by BMW riders everywhere is Wilbers... and they DO have a shock for our scooters: http://tinyurl.com/y8r58b4x

    Just like Ohlins (and unlike the stock Showa), Wilbers shocks are rebuildable so in the long run they will be cheaper to own than the Showas which have to be replaced when they're done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeC View Post
    This is something I've been thinking about. At Americade I checked with Ohlins, and they were (unfortunately) able to verify that they do NOT have a shock for this bike. However, another company held in high regard by BMW riders everywhere is Wilbers... and they DO have a shock for our scooters: http://tinyurl.com/y8r58b4x

    Just like Ohlins (and unlike the stock Showa), Wilbers shocks are rebuildable so in the long run they will be cheaper to own than the Showas which have to be replaced when they're done.
    Thanks for the reference. Looking at the picture it seems like adjusting is much more involved than stock. Having said that, I pretty much leave mine at the 2-up setting stiffness all the time.
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    Basically, when you order the shock you give them all the information they need to make sure it is set up for you (and your passenger if applicable). You shouldn't HAVE to do too much more adjustment other than swtiching from "with passenger" to "without passenger." If you set up "with passenger" and don't carry one, the ride COULD be a little harsher than it should be. If that doesn't bother you, then you shouldn't have to do anything but install the shock and forget about it until it needs to be rebuilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeC View Post
    Basically, when you order the shock you give them all the information they need to make sure it is set up for you (and your passenger if applicable). You shouldn't HAVE to do too much more adjustment other than swtiching from "with passenger" to "without passenger." If you set up "with passenger" and don't carry one, the ride COULD be a little harsher than it should be. If that doesn't bother you, then you shouldn't have to do anything but install the shock and forget about it until it needs to be rebuilt.
    Thank you - didn't know that. Now it makes more sense. Now I need to wait for mine to "die." How many miles do you think our shock will last on average?
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    Good questionl. I'm not sure. I'll have to give mine the old "bounce test" when I think of it. I'm closing in on 30K miles so I may be due now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeC View Post
    Good questionl. I'm not sure. I'll have to give mine the old "bounce test" when I think of it. I'm closing in on 30K miles so I may be due now...
    Same here - I'm about 500 miles shy of 30K.
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    That might also explain the fork seal leak from earlier this year. It just got "old."
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