Originally Posted by FinStorm
When replacing the shock to increase performance you have to keep in mind that F8GS has no linkage and may need a bottom-out circuit just like KTM dirt bikes. BMW call it WAD, others PDS. The 800 $ Öhlins don`t have it as far as I know. The new Touratech brand Tractive has it on their top of the line model, for 1275€.
I got the Ohlins and if it has a bottom out circuit, mine doesn't work.
That was the issue with it from the beginning, and was addressed through revalving.
Not before it contributed, I believe, to bending 2 shock bolts.
It gave a very linear compression damping, and just seemed to blow through the last 1/3 of it's travel as quickly as the first 1/3.
For 2-up touring, which is what I told them it was for, I wouldn't bother buying Ohlins again, unless it was specifically valved for it with bottom out valving.