I have put almost 2k miles on the bike since adding the 465 RAP. It started bugging me that with the preload maxed, I still had about 20mm more sag than I wanted. I would prefer to have the sag correct with no additional preload from the remote adjuster so that the extra adjustment could really be used when the bike is loaded heavier.
I called Progressive Suspension to find out if I could order a stiffer spring rated spring. The answer was no but I was told that there is still adjustability on the shock body. The instructions that come with the shock tell you the minimum spring length you should have (188mm). Any shorter and you coil bind the spring. With this information, I assumed (since I did not make any preload adjustment on the shock body itself), that I would remove the shock and make a coarse adjustment on the body.
If you have read this from the beginning you know I had issues with the center stand. This time I removed the stand and modified the mounting brackets to allow the shock linkage to be removed with the stand in place.
Come to find out, the spring as shipped from Progressive is set with the spring already at its minimum length. I called Race Tech to see if they had a spring that would work and was told that they did not. They said that one could be ordered but they would not know what collars to use.
I found a local suspension guy that is having a custom spring made for me (about 3 week wait).
I was able to find a little more information about the 465 RAP though. The stock DL1000 spring is a 8.2kg spring rate and the 465 RAP is a 9.2kg rate.
With the 9.2kg rated spring, the rear suspension sag is 34mm too much (82mm) so I am trying to determine the spring rate I need. The Race Tech calculator is saying 15kg (235lb and I added another 25lb for the panniers and topbox).
I would be interested in hearing what spring rates others near my weight have used and liked.
Now I have paid another $20 for a spring swap (to be completed when the custom spring gets here) and another $150 for a custom spring. With the assumption that everything will be good after this I will answer the original question again.
Would I buy this shock again, knowing what I know?
The answer is no.
The shock is better than my 50k stock unit but the spring is right at a length of coil binding when the remote adjuster is at maximum and at 235lb, I was still about 20mm away from getting the right sag.
With the custom spring, I will have paid more than I would have to send my stock unit out to be re built, re valved and to have the correct spring on it. I am only a few hundred dollars from what it would have taken to order a shock with the correct spring to begin with.
If you ride solo and do not weigh more than 200lbs, I think this is a bargain and recommend the 465 RAP, but for heavier riders and for people that go 2 up often, I would not recommend it.
2002 BMW K1200LT
Some people just don't get how a 300+ mile round trip for lunch makes sense.
If you are reading this, you probably do.