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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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02 bonnie racetech springs and emulators now working right by drilling one more bleed hole now looking for the best shocks for real world back roads (central california **** up roads but way fun )got ikons with 4 rebound adj ok but now not as good as the forks .is ohlins still that much better or are other as good for less $ i want hard info not more guess work please.i`m 57 been riding for 45yrs can hang with most sportbikes until the ton but i`m looking for a shock that gives a plush ride more than fast lap times
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Ohlins is supposed to be the best, but I've never tried them. The KYB shocks found on Kawasaki ZRXs are very good (I have some), with one caveat: They are made for a heavier bike.

They're Thruxton-length, have preload, rebound and compression damping and can be adjusted to suit. They are also rebuildable and could be resprung with lighter springs if desired. I too run fairly aggressively in the twisties and the KYBs are perfect for me. Preload is at the lowest setting, rebound is on two and compression is on three. As I weigh in at around 250lbs in full gear, the ride is just right.

KYBs show up on ebay fairly regularly at around $400. Even having them resprung, they may be cheaper than the cost of a new set of Ohlins units.

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You might want to give the local ones in Canoga Park, CA, a try...I have been using their Street Trackers for over 20000 miles and have no complaints...I ride mostly the back roads, which are pretty rough here in Oklahoma.

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