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Re: New Shocks for R1100RS

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From: "Kent Christensen" <lkchris@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <oilheads@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: New Shocks for R1100RS

> What gives?  One would think the price paid for aftermarket motorcycle
shocks would ensure longer life.  It certainly isn't the weight of the
vehicle, so ... ?

I've often wondered that too. And I do know from first-hand experience that
a shock has the most dramatic effect on how a vehicle feels, both good and

But my 929 has 50k+ miles on the original suspension. Umpteen number of
track days + loaded down sport touring. And the suspension is still very
good. I'm sure that if I put in a new rear shock, the resulting difference
would be striking. But that's not the issue. The issue is whether the
present shock still controls the bike ie not wallowing in sweepers, precise
turn-in etc. I have no plans on changing niow. Maybe mid summer. We'll see.
Maybe it's also a question of rider weight.

But I'm always a  little surprised when I hear riders of Japanese sport
bikes lament how their stock suspension goes flat in less than 10k miles.

Montreal, Canada
CBR 929