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post #1 of 92 Old 05-07-2016, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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rear shock is a joke (what to do)

im 250lbs with all my gear on, then add another 100??? lbs or so of luggage & the rear shock is saying no more son, im on a cycle trip as i write this & can tell folks the rear shock even at max spring preload settings is not up to the task especially if cornering is involved, iv never done much with rebuilding suspension but this bike (14 dl1k) needs some serious attn asap. also it only has 2500mi on it. You folks know of anyone i can send this shock to????
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You could try Cogent Dynamics. I don't know for sure that they rebuild the rear shock on the new DL1000, but they do on the DL650.

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I had the same complaint with a new
BMW, used a Works shock. there all the same.
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Progressive suspension Aftermarket Rear Shocks - AdventureTech, LLC.

However,

You may need only a new rear spring. I am close to your weight, put a Wilbers spring on my stock DL650 shock and adjusted the rebouand to full minus 1/4 turn and found suspension nirvana for a whole lot less money. No matter what you are at least going to need a stiffer spring.

Don't forget the front springs though. Go to Sonic Springs use Rick's spring rate calculator Sonic Springs. Seriously, a lot of people make their living selling shock rebuilds and do a nice job, but new springs for YOUR weight and dampening adjustments will do wonders. That and a fork brace changed my Wee from a wobbly legged dual sport into a very competent sport touring bike.
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Progressive suspension Aftermarket Rear Shocks - AdventureTech, LLC.

However,

You may need only a new rear spring. I am close to your weight, put a Wilbers spring on my stock DL650 shock and adjusted the rebouand to full minus 1/4 turn and found suspension nirvana for a whole lot less money. No matter what you are at least going to need a stiffer spring.

Don't forget the front springs though. Go to Sonic Springs use Rick's spring rate calculator Sonic Springs. Seriously, a lot of people make their living selling shock rebuilds and do a nice job, but new springs for YOUR weight and dampening adjustments will do wonders. That and a fork brace changed my Wee from a wobbly legged dual sport into a very competent sport touring bike.
I was going to make the same suggestion. I know it's not a 1:1 equation, but in my years riding DH mountain bikes, I could typically just replace the coil to get it to perform right for my weight. Usually all you need is the size and stroke and you can put a new one on. If you really wanted to bling it out, you could go for a Ti coil, but those ones are usually pretty pricey.
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thank you folks for the great suggestions, im looking at all of them & going to talk to the companys & go from there. My riding friends razz me on just losing weight but honestly thats wrong too, lets say a scenerio that im only 180lbs + riding gear & my wife was 135lbs + gear, then we load the bike with all our luggage, well your right back to the fact this bike is waaaay undersprung, i just dont get why japanese bike mfg'rs continue to do this???? with this bikes intended purpose one would think suzuki could put some springs on this thing.
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im 250lbs with all my gear on, then add another 100??? lbs or so of luggage & the rear shock is saying no more son, im on a cycle trip as i write this & can tell folks the rear shock even at max spring preload settings is not up to the task especially if cornering is involved, iv never done much with rebuilding suspension but this bike (14 dl1k) needs some serious attn asap. also it only has 2500mi on it. You folks know of anyone i can send this shock to????
Gosh golly gee wizz.. you mean the last 21,300+miles, 34,300+km (I've only had it 10 months and didn't get much riding in over the winter) I have been riding a bike with a rear shock that isn't up to the task of handling my 250lbs (plus or minus) plus gear plus all the crap on the back? Maybe I should slow down a bit so that I can ride as slow as the sport bikes with their great suspensions? It's good to know I'm riding such a shitty bike so that I can blame it if I can't keep up with a faster rider!

I didn't realize it's such piece of crap! I'm in the middle of a two week ride with my wife (who rides her own bike but I'm carrying some of her stuff on my bike.) Should I cancel my ride tomorrow through the twisties down here around Romney WV and maybe get my bike shipped home?


..Tom

ps: are you sure you turned the rear pre-load the correct way?
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I was going to comment the same as you V-Tom, I did 6000km on a trip last summer fully loaded with no issues related to the shocks, 750km of loose gravel, dirt, mud too no problems. There is a bit of extra weight felt at the back from the luggage but the shock isn't going to affect that.

Is your shock bouncing too much, or bottoming out or something?
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Why didn't Suzuki put a heavier spring? Because they are not infinitely adjustable, they have to find a medium. 250 pounds before gear and a passenger is not the middle of the road. Your going to have to "spring" for a stiffer spring on your own.
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