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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 2:22 pm Thread Starter
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Unhappy New Shocks...

Hey all...

Just trying to get a feel for new shocks. I know very little about them and not sure which way to go. My bike is a '10 K1300GT with 72K miles on it. I've put all the miles on it so I know how it was ridden (if that part matters). Dealer just told me that it's time to start thinking about replacing BOTH!! There's a chunk of change for ya

Soooo - what kind of shocks do I go with? Ohlins? Wilbers? Works?

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 3:07 pm
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I have always been an Ohlins fan myself. But you are will be a chunk of change...especially if they are ESA. Although, once you take the plunge they can be rebuilt for a fraction of the cost.

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Whether this applies to the US or not I dont know.

In the UK if you want a Wilbers you give the dealer your weight, riding style, two up or not, luggage etc etc, then the shock is built at the factory in Germany to those specs.

With Ohlins you get a shock, and then its up to the supplying dealer to tune it/ change the spring etc.

But what you need to watch is the Wilbers come in various flavours, the cheaper ones with combined rebound/compression damping and remote preload is another option. With all the bells and whistles the Wilbers is not far off an Ohlins price wise, but purely for the custom build I'd probably lean towards Wilbers.

You have other options over there.

One thing is for sure, whatever you go with as long as its set up right, you'll wonder how BM got away with fitting the bed springs that the bike came with.


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Plus side of the Wilbers there come with a 5 year warranty,something Ohlins don't offer,take a guess which I have.
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Öhlins always gets great reviews.

But if you want to retain the ESA feature, you either pony up for stock BMW shocks or you go with Wilbers or Works .

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Wilbers do ESA replacements for GS's so I guess they'll do them for a K as well.

But 72,000 out a set of shocks!!!! WOW.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 7:33 pm
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I know they wear out but I never noticed any degradation of handling in the 89,000 miles I put on my K12GT. Are you sure they need to be replaced?

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 9:08 pm
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Thumbs up replacing esa shocks

Hello bmw girl,
I have a 2007 k1200gt and replaced the esa shocks with non esa ohlins. If they are set up properly for your weight and riding style you won't need the ajustment.(my opinion only) i purchased my shocks from Kyle racing in California.The bike feels planted in the corners and the shocks glide over the road with just the right amount of feedback.
You will pay big bucks for any kind of esa but unless you really feel you need esa you can save a lot of cash and get a great ride. i could never get my esa shocks to feel right. I have a set of esa shocks from my 2007 k1200 gt with only 24000miles on them if anyone is interested but i am very pleased with the ohlins shocks.
The key is to set them up properly by the dealer or someone in the know..sag..weight..single..two up ect. Once ride is now perfect with non esa and i would not spend the money on esa. But you need to do what is right for you..i am happy with my ohlins..
Hope this helps ..just another option you might want to explore..Up here in the great white north we still have to wait til mid march to ride...Good luck in your quest and keep riding!
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 2013, 10:02 pm Thread Starter
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I'm going to play the "GIRL" card just this once!!! I have a hard time understanding how to adjust the shocks. I had a R1200ST that I put Ohlins on and turning the clicks so many times to the left or right was just annoying. I use my ESA's VERY OFTEN!!! I either load the bike down for trips or running around short weekend trips - I'm always adjusting them.

Yeah, at 72K you would think I would notice and I guess I had but it's so gradual that I wasn't sure what it was. The dealer looked at them and said it was time - they are warn and starting to leak. I'll probably replace them in March, just need to figure out which ones. I'll make some calls this week and see what I can come up with.

I appreciate the comments and suggestions - Now I have an idea of where to start with my questions.

Thanks again!!

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I'd call Ted Porter at the bemer shop in California. He'll answer your questions. I just bought two sets of shocks from him and very happy.

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