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Stock Rear Shock Specs

Ever since I bought it new, I've been riding my '08 Versys with the stock rear shock. Lately, I've been thinking about upgrading (at least wishful looking...).

Does anyone know what the length (eye-to-eye) and stroke of the stock shock is? I can't seem to find the numbers anywhere...

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I don't know the numbers, but I do know that the stock shock has a "bumper" on its shaft that is HUGE compared to the total shock stroke dimension.

One thought was that this was done to limit rear wheel travel, and thus maintain a correct attitude of the chassis during braking and cornering.
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Eye-to-eye is 30 cms (about 11 13/16"). Can't tell you the 'stroke'.

Lots of us run Yamaha R1 shocks (try "Search")....


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Thanks. I know about people using the R1 shock and I think it's a good idea and looks pretty cool, but I was looking around a bit at other ones too

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I got a Progressive 465 designed for the V. Under $500.00. Swaps out in minutes. But don't rush out and buy one. Wait five years like I did and you'll feel like you got a new bike at a fraction of the cost.
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Thanks! Do you have a link to where you got it?

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Thanks! Do you have a link to where you got it?
Got mine from the manufacturer:http://www.progressivesuspension.com...5-series-shock. But looks like there might be better deals on Amazon. My non dealer shop gave it to me at his price so I can't complain one way or the other. Quality product and, while not cheap, it is arguably the best farkle I ever bought.
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The most important is getting a spring of the proper rate. Stock 940 lbs/in (16.79 kg/mm) spring is too stiff. My 800 lbs/in (14.29 kg/mm) spring is perfect for me (210 lbs) in heavy duty riding conditions. I can set proper sag, and benefit from a compliant rear suspension while using all of its functional travel.

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Just now ordered a Progressive 465 for the Versys. Been very pleased on how well a 465 helped my KLR out.
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