Last summer it was becoming obvious that my rear shock was woefully inadequate. The rear was so beaten down that solo riding without luggage I was still lacking cornering clearance.
Because I ride solo, 2-up, and 2-up with full luggage a remote preload adjuster was a must for me. I wanted a shock that was sprung for my weight, and would allow me to add incremental preload for how I was loaded. My search led me to two options:
1) Rebuild and respring the oem shock
2) Elka 3-way shock
In running down option 1 (Sasquatch was out of business at this point) I wasn't absolutely thrilled when talking to RaceTech with their level of customer service. I discovered that there was a local motorcycle suspension shop in Murfreesboro, TN. The owner, Jerry, was happy to answer all of my questions over a series of calls. Jerry sets up bikes for customers all over the country and often spends his weekends at track helping his customers. Cost was similar to sending it to RaceTech, so I went for it.
Rebuild is with a RT gold valve, new seals, a nitrogen port, and a spring for my weight.
Option 2 was still very temping and I know I would love it, but the cost difference led me to option one.
I decided to wait until I had some miles on the shock before I posted this up.
I've put 5000 miles on this rebuilt shock and have been nothing but pleased. It's performed very well solo commuting, aggressive riding, and riding occasional fire roads. Two up with and without luggage has also been everything I was looking for. My pillion loves how harsh bumps and potholes are now a nice push instead of a tailbone jarring whack.
The stock shock had bottomed out hard enough to break the spring in the seal. It was't leaking, but gave an indication of it's hard life.
For those on the east coast, and interested, here's the shop that did the work:
SHY Racing Suspension Home Page