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- Subject: Re: Shocks
- From: BeemerGary2@xxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 20:48:04 EST
In a message dated 12/2/2003 4:51:52 PM Pacific Standard Time,
<<What seat did you go with, how many miles do you have in that particular
saddle, and how would you rate it at this point?>>
I elected to go with Bill "Rocky" Mayer primarily because his operation is
about a 3 hour ride from my home. This meant that I could make an appointment
for a custom fitted seat, ride up, get the job done and get back home in the
same day. I used it initially on my R1100GS for at least 5K miles and have now
racked up 13K miles with it mounted on my R1150GS. I'm very happy with it and
have no intention of replacing it with anything else.
This seat replaced an off-the-shelf Corbin seat that I had used on the 1100GS
for about 75K miles. Although the Corbin was better than the stock saddle,
its fit to the bike was lousy. In addition, it just seemed to get harder over
time. I figured that a seat made to my buttal specifications just had to be
better. In all fairness to Corbin, I could probably have ridden to the factory and
had a seat custom made, however that still does not get away from the crappy
fit and extra weight of the Corbin-made seat pan.
In my opinion, so long as a seat can be made to the individual rider's
specifications, it is going to provide the optimum level of comfort. Naturally,
being there while it is being made is the best way to go, but that is not
geographically feisable for many. I understand that even mail-order made-to-order
seats generally turn out okay.
<<I can't see spending Ohlins money on a
shock, regardless of how good it works. That's one of those products that I
simply can't find the justification for the outrageous cost when you look at
it cost to manufacture the product.>>
Be that as it may, there is bound to be a time when you are going to be faced
with the need to replace the stock shocks because they are going to be worn
out. If you choose to buy a new OEM shock, it is my understanding that this is
going to cost just about as much as an aftermarket shock. Since many
aftermarket shocks can be set up to your weight and riding style, it just seems logical
to go with an aftermarket brand. As far as one brand of aftermarket shock
over the other, I frankly don't think there is a whole bunch of difference
between brands, so long as they are properly set up.
Of course, there is always the option of going to Lindermann in San Jose,
whom I understand has the ability to rebuild the stock shock. I have no idea of
the cost or the results.
Mission Viejo, CA