Riding in company
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Rumson, NJ, USA
Adjustable front shock
My '04 KRS is going for warranty work (heated grip and final drive leak) which is going to involve having the plastic and rear drive off. It seems like a good opportunity to upgrade the suspension. On their website, Ohlins recommends an S36D front, and S46HR1C1LS rear. The rear is, of course, adjustable for bump and rebound, but the front shock is adjustable only for preload.
Searching around, I also see that the S36HR1C1L can also be fitted to the front. It, too, is fully adjustable like the rear. I don't remember hearing anybody talking about the issue of adjustable vs. non-adjustable front shocks. Many have talked about how the new suspension transforms the bike, and I have just assumed that everybody was talking about a "fixed" shock in front.
Now that I'm thinking about shocks I see that many bikes still use conventional forks and, when upgrading forks, the new forks are fully adjustable...without a second thought.
The adjustable front shock for the RS is about $250 more. CanI have your thoughts about whether or not it's something to consider? Thanks, Bill
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