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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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2009 650r shock upgrade options

what are my options if any for upgrading the rear shock on my 09 650r. i want to get the seat a bit higher. thanks for any replies
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I have the same question as "cbcanada".
I 193cm tall, weight 92kg.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 09:47 PM
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Elka and Penske have adjustable ride height. You could check with them how much it can adjust the ride height.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-14-2012, 09:22 PM
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I have a Penske for sale, From a 2006-08, but will fit 09-11 as well, and maybe the 2012 bikes too. Rebuilt by Traxxion Dynamics 8 race weekends ago. In very good shape, set up for 200 lb racer. A nice and necessary upgrade for these bikes.
$450 OBO, email for pics.

Adjustable preload, compression, rebound, and ride height.
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from my research a few months ago: manufacturers that offer rear shocks for our bikes ... all with adjustable preload and choice of spring rate
entry-level 3-400 for a progressive or YSS
+1: generally w/ adjustable rebound: ohlins, penske, hyperpro, works performance 6-700
+2: add adjustable compression: penske, works performance, 850-950
+3: add hi/lo compression: penske, racetech, elka 1100-1300
I forget where the bitubo fell...
Me, I picked up a used penske w/ all the adjustments (incl. hi/lo compression and remote reservoire) and - while being very happy with it - feel that for the street that last feature (takes you up a price level) simply isn't worth it.
Remember that due to the angle, an inch of adjustability will have less effect on ride height that you'd imagine at first. But if you want to 'tweak' the geometry a bit, and have the oversprung forks in the front, you may want to try giving it a bit more sag (though you really should get the correct springs for your weight ... it will make a noticeable difference and balance out the improved rear)
If you want to simply add height ... perhaps a seat job?
If you're looking for more clearance ... keep your eyes out for a great deal on a versys?
I know I've been tempted...

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 03:23 PM
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Versys shocks will hike the ass and have rebound adjustment

Cant speak to how much better they ride but if you can get one slightly used might be worth a shot.

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