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Old 22 May 2006
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R1150GS suspension replacement for Americas trip?

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I'm currently in the middle of planning my trip to the americas later this year using my BMW R1150GS. Its about 5 years old and has nearly 60k miles on the clock. Its been round the world 2-up by the previous owner for 2 years.

Should I be looking at replacing (or just overhauling) the original shocks? I'm going solo and am 13stone (maybe 85kgs?? not sure).

Any help appreciated

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Mike, if the shock is original - it's LONG past overdue for replacement.

There's a big thread on rear shocks, do a little searching and you'll find all the answers - which in the end is simple - yes, new now!

And for the GS11xx's, a front is worthwhile too.
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Front too, yes,as per Grant. I replaced the rear of an 02 Adv. we took to China a couple years ago with a custom Ohlins, didn't replace the front. What a mistake. The Ohlins was so good the front felt next to worthless. Of course China's roads are interesting to say the least. Lots of choices in suspension upgrades out there now.
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Cheers Grant

Its actually Ruth & Merv Homers old bike (they mentioned they knew you when i bought it) so its been around a bit but runs great as it was well looked after.

I'd better get looking into some replacments then...!

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Mike, if the shock is original - it's LONG past overdue for replacement.

There's a big thread on rear shocks, do a little searching and you'll find all the answers - which in the end is simple - yes, new now!

And for the GS11xx's, a front is worthwhile too.
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One suggestion is to buy some 'take off' shocks, OEM shocks that were replaced by the owner early-on because he/she wanted upgraded shocks.

These can be found fairly cheap and with no or few miles on them.
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Question 'take off' shocks

Would my 5-year old originals with 30,000 kilometres (not miles) on them be worth anything? Or is that too many km’s to be of second-hand value? I want to get Öhlins before my next trip. Stephan
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Thanks for the offer Stephano but I'm now (gradually!) coming round to the idea of buying a new set for this trip.

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Thanks for the offer Stephano but I'm now (gradually!) coming round to the idea of buying a new set for this trip.

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Actually, I wasn't offering them as such, Mike, because they might be of little worth. I was asking for an expert's evaluation.
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