Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Hey DaZZA, fastlarry has a set of Ohlins for sale here in the classifieds. 1300 USD is probably less in AUD and makes for an excellent buy depending on the age and mileage of them. Also, you could have them serviced and still be way in front. Changing the rear shock will make a difference, changing the front as well will make a HUGE improvement and greater than the sum of both shocks if that makes any sense.
A new front shock will benefit braking and steering and balance the bike while just replacing the rear will lift the rear to its optimum position while leaving the front end too sagged creating faster steering due to the steepened rake, but also create a greater likelihood of front end instability as well as a tendency to "fall" into courners.
Changing the fluid weight in the forks will be of zero benefit as they have no input on suspension. But changing the fork fluid generally is a good idea as it keeps moisture and contaminates out of the internals and prolongs seal life. BTW I paid NZD3500 for my Ohlins and even at that price I considered it a worthwhile investment as the next option was a new bike. I still love my RS. Also remember the shocks can be removed and sold separately when you want to upgrade the bike
2002 K1200RS Owned from new. Pacific Blue, Ohlins. 183,000kmís
2016 K1300R Black, Remus hexacone. 6000kmís
The family history
1951 AJS 500 single - my Dads
1916 Triumph Type H, Western front, France WW1 - my Grandads