Thread: Which shocks?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:26 AM   #13
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Location: NYC, CT
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Originally Posted by flatland964 View Post
Not to answer your question, but to add even more choices, I ordered a set of Yacuga shocks fro Ted Porter's Beemer Shop for me 2001 1150GS. I have not received them yet, so I can't speak to them personally, but I can tell you that Ted convinced me they were the best choice for my bike based on the loads I'd be carrying (wife and luggage). He convinced me that they have superior strength (based on a larger diameter internal rod) and better responsiveness based on the use of a bladder instead of a solid diaphram (he can certainly explain better), and a longer life between rebuilds than the Ohlins (although maybe not than Wilbers). I assume they are also made for your bike.

I ordered the three way, with all adjustments. The price is at about the same as Ohlins.

You might give him a call and see what he says about your application. He also sells Wilbers and Ohlins, so I could have gotten any of them from him.

I have a set of Yacugars for my 1200GS and I just installed them. Very well made product and with the steel bodies they are a bit more appropriate for our weight bikes and the adventure type conditions we ride in. Don't get me wrong, Ohlins are excellent shocks but IMO more appropriate on a race bike. Once you ride a shock with an air bladder vs. a piston, you won't go back. The difference is really impressive, much more plush in the dirt, washboard type situations.

With all aftermarket shocks though, one has to spend the time and experiment with the settings! Typically, my MO is to find a stretch of dirt that I can go up and down on and write down notes on how the different changes effect the ride etc. This helps one remember and get to know your bike better.

Cheers, James
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