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post #1 of 13 Old 09-29-2013, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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rear shock/spring shot!

Just got back from my 72000+ mile trip and either my rear spring/shock/or both are shot! You can put your hand on the rear of the seat and push the bike down like a yo yo!
I weigh 225, Trax boxes with brackets...50+ pounds..filled with too much stuff ?
I assume that the stock shock/spring is made as cheaply as possible and for someone who weighs 155.
Suggestions on what company I should contact for both parts. I might as well replace the front springs while I am at it. Loaded up the front end dive was a bit unnerving.
I appreciate all you insight(s) regarding this issue.
I know it will be expensive to fix all of this. Maybe I should just trade it in on a new 1000!

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-29-2013, 08:02 AM
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I have had a good experience with Cogent Dynamics and they offer a custom rear shock at a slightly lower price point. They can provide front springs as well. They are down in North Carolina.

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-29-2013, 08:13 AM
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That was really a 72,000 mile trip?!! Damn. If so Then I can see the shock going out. Now if its 7,200 that is a short life but certainly not unheard of. I had one go out on my 2007 with only 3500 miles but I suspect that the bike sat and the seals and or shaft got a bit weather worn and leaked.

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You've earned that new 1000!

If you might sell this bike, a Stromtrooper may have a stock take-off shock to sell for not much.

RaceTech is another source for an upgrade/rebuild, and there might be some local mc suspension shops that can do the work. An aftermarket shock like an Elka is a great choice.

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Back in the days when Koni were the big name in shocks, I trashed a brand new set during a three week trip with pillion and luggage (CB750F2, 1992). It was around Tasmania, an absolute motorcycling Mecca, but lots of suspension demands. Had to keep upping the damping to maintain same feel until nothing left...

I just think that enough load and enough activity pushing oil thru the shim stack will quickly deteriorate both it and the seals, very quickly... getting 72,000 statute miles actually sounds OK....

The roads in Tassie were so much fun the rear tyre only lasted three weeks as well (well, it was hot..) Shredded on the edges, not the middle... good fun, even with a few prods from the missus to back off

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How in the hell do you have time to ride 72k in 1.5 years?

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post #7 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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OOOPS!

I meant to say 7200 miles...NOT 72000! Eye hand coordination is getting worse as I get...older!!

But...I still need a shock/spring...and front springs.

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post #8 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 01:09 PM
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I meant to say 7200 miles...NOT 72000! Eye hand coordination is getting worse as I get...older!!

But...I still need a shock/spring...and front springs.
Also, in addition to spings and correct oil viscosity for your situation, revalving isn't a bad idea. Rick at Cogent was great to work with on two rear shocks he did for me (neither were a DL). Can't do business with a nicer person, and he has loads of experience.
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I just got the Elka Rear shock and Race Tech Front springs and Gold Valve Emulators form Blair at SV Racing, and count be happier with the upgrade.

I'm 260lbs and my occasional passenger is 200. The bike feels so much more solid all round, and the install was pretty easy, and i'm not that mechanically inclined.

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-05-2013, 08:33 AM
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how many miles did you have when it failed? 7200? or more? Mine failed at 9727mls...

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Chain and sprockets worn at 9100 miles, recommended to be replaced despite every 500 mile adjustment and lube =(
Entire wiring harness replaced at 9233miles by SEP after headlight failure
Rear shock busted at 9727miles
Bad burned oil smell since 9500miles found to be disconnected drain tube from airfilter housing
2nd chain done at 21.6k
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