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Re: Ohlins, Wilbers and Works, Oh my!

Bob,  on my 98RS, the front shock was so bad at 8k miles that I was 
banging the cylinder head on the pavement in corners.  You can bet I 
replaced it quick.  The rear shock had the screw slot for damping 
adjustment.  It snapped the first time I tried to adjust it.  The 
dealer was interested in selling new shocks, but wouldn't call the BMW 
rep to try to get me warranty at 3k miles on the broken shock.  
Needless to say, I got my Ohlins elsewhere.

You should ride a friends RS with good shocks for a comparison.  If the 
difference isn't important to you, then don't buy replacement shocks.  
But don't doubt others opinions regarding improved performance.

Bob Hadden  '05R12GS, '62R27

On Mar 19, 2005, at 6:53 PM, Robert Silas wrote:
>  Can we assume that BMW sells a bike for $20 -27,000 (Can.) and 
> install such lousy shocks???  They fabricate bikes which last for 
> 125-150,000 miles easily, but not, they put shocks on, which are good 
> only for 1/6 -th of the life time of all other parts (or most of 
> those)???
> Bob Silas


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