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5.7" Shock travel or wheel travel

So my understanding is that the stock shock has 5.7 inches of travel. Is this correct or does the 5.7" refer to the rear wheel travel?

If the 5.7" does refer to the shock travel then do any of the aftermarket shocks offer 5.7" of travel?

If the 5.7" refers to the wheel travel then does anyone know what the shock travel is?

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Hugh - As the stock shock is 11 5/8" eye-to-eye (more or less...), there's no way you'd get 5.7" from the shock. That'd be rear wheel travel.

Also, NO aftermarket shock could give that much stroke in 11 5/8".

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5.7 in of travel = 170mm. Which is the exact free length spring/fork extension of the Versys. (Measured the fork-shiny area when the front wheel is completely lifted up). This is NOT the travel. The travel would be much lesser than this number. I believe 150mm is the available travel from somewhere I've read.

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Thanks, Does anyone know what the rear shock travel is? I'm looking into an aftermarket shock and want to make sure it has at least as much travel as the stock shock.

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Thanks Phoneman. Intersting that you only got 4.4 inches of travel out of the rear suspension. If the rates are correct it seems like a replacement shock should have 41mm of travel for 4.4" or 52mm of travel for 5.7". Weird.

The Ohlins shock for our bikes does have 51.5mm of travel. Now I just got to decide if I want to buy an $800 shock for my $4000 bike.

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Just and FYI for anyone looking for this information in the future the Penske 8900 and 8983 have 54mm of travel. Mmmm Penske
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what kind of pricing are you seeing on the Penske?
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what kind of pricing are you seeing on the Penske?
There don't seem to be a lot of options. Traxxion has the 8900 for $625 and the 8983 for $875. Since the 8900 is upgradable I'll probably go with that.

<edit> 8900 for sale for $585
http://www.hardracing.com/shocks%20&...amp/Penske.htm

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The same place has the Ohlins KA907 for $555. Plus shipping.
I went ahead and ordered.
The best price I'd seen previously on that shock is $727 from AltRider.
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Wow that's a great price. I really want a Penske but that's very tempting.

Traxxion says the 8900e wouldn't work on a Versys which seems odd. They also told me this when they offered me 10% off a 8983 which would still be over $800.
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