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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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You get what you pay for

2015 1000 lt...

I've owned this bike over a year now, and my only consistent complaint had been the rear shock. They should call it the rear stick. it's harsh... there's no hydraulic compliance to it at all. I do ride on dirt and gravel roads, I feel e v e r y l i t t l e p e b b l e or s t i c k and it goes right up my spine. I sent the stock shock off for rebuilding, not even close to compliant enough. So I went all in and bought a custom built triple clicker from Wilbers through the Beemer shop.

I mounted it up today. I've only been up and down my driveway a few times, but it's a dirt path in the woods so it has all kind of sticks and roots and stuff that i would be able to feel like I dragged my carcass directly over the imperfection. My first reaction was simply WOW! This is what I've been looking for all this time. It felt like someone let 20# of air out of my rear tire. Bumps are soaked up and not even noticed. WOW! I'm gonna love this bike now!

The only downside is the wallet lightening. Not being sure the shock would really work, I opted to NOT have the hydraulic preload adjuster installed. i still paid 870.00. Had I gotten it with the remote adjuster, add 250.00 . Since I have a lift and all the tools / equipment I need, I'm sure I can set the preload manually after sag measurement, and it will be close enough to run with or without the bags. Regardless, enjoying the bike is going to make the cost fade as time goes on.

I have about 2k in the suspension of my Concours 14. Here's my advise to you... if you don't want to have to spend money on your bike NEVER ride a bike with good suspension. If you do you'll be ruined for life.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 10:04 PM
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Glad that new shock worked out for ya.

Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SteveinSunnyFlorida)

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And most of Canada too, eh?
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...The only downside is the wallet lightening. Not being sure the shock would really work, I opted to NOT have the hydraulic preload adjuster installed. i still paid 870.00. Had I gotten it with the remote adjuster, add 250.00....
THAT will teach you, Steve - we "inmates" w/ V650s can use an appropriate Yamaha R1 shock w/ some SLIGHT mods to it, for about $250 TOTAL!......

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That's for the 650, not the 1000.
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my main bike before the versys was a rigid framed gs750 cafe bike with a seat pan made out of a skate board and padded with the foam from a old couch cushion

yes im a guy.
Silvie=latin for. Of the forest /woods. Fox= Vulpine (also my middle name)

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I have Wilbers shock on my BMW motorcycle. It is much nicer than the factory OEM shock. Your right, it's $$.

I have custom Works Performance shock on my power cruiser and had them revalve my forks and use their progressive springs. I have had a couple custom Works Performance shocks built for a couple of my dirt bikes.


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my main bike before the versys was a rigid framed gs750 cafe bike with a seat pan made out of a skate board and padded with the foam from a old couch cushion
Apparently some folks like their butts to hurt. I'm not one of them.
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Apparently some folks like their butts to hurt. I'm not one of them.
lol some but not me...its just what i had before the versys, makes even the stock versys seat and suspension (once adjusted) very nice.

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