With the exception of my XT660X I don't do stock suspension,I've a friend who has a thing about VFR's yea yea I know
,I'd been onto him for years about taking the blinkers off and find out what he was missing to no avail,and in the end thought if he doesn't care then neither do I,thats shocks not bikes
Couple of years ago he phones up,can you sort me a rear Wilbers out,I reverse rolls,no no I say you should carry on riding around on that production junk!!!!,we go to the importers which isn't very far away and get one sorted,two weeks later shock turns up and instead of me having to fit it he's got a shop to do it as he's already realised he may well have egg on his face having seen it in the box and how good it looks.
Day after I get a phone call 'I've a complaint he tells me' yea whats then I say 'You should have been trying harder to convince me how good they are!!!,it was said tongue in cheek,but I've heard that from everyone thats fitted them,I never realised how much difference they would make,so you end up with two factions there's the 'My stock shocks are fine' mob and the 'I've had aftermarket fitted and can't beleave the difference' lot
If folks want mediocrity thats fine by me,but don't tell it's any good cuz it ain't.
Where things get really complicated is after suspension you look at wheels in all honesty you only need the front, the rear is bling,I pack my VFR man off to Dymag and they very kindly make him a front wheel,he tells me the difference is a great as the Wilbers shocks and I have to say he rides the wheels off the thing,which is a little worrying at the pace he runs at falling off might be an issue at 76 years of age,but we do have some laughs when sitting at the Cross Gates cafe in Wales mid week when bikers we have passed roll up and they see an old boy on his VFR.
Now of course not everyone wants either to ride like that or are after so much improvement on their bike, because in reality they potter along and don't need it,but thats a separate issue from the fact after market is so much better need it or not.