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Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

I'm thinking about the Ohlins Rear Suspension seriously but don't really know if I need it or not.

I don't do track days. Mainly because there are no tracks here. So it's mainly street days. My riding is from crusing around town to going ballistic on the highway.

I don't know, what do you think guys is it worth the expense?
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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

Only if you are have problems setting the sag up on your bike. If you aren't doing any hard twisty riding or track stuff, then I would say to save your $. Especially if you aren't going to keep the bike past 16-20k miles, that is usually when the stocker takes a big dump. The Ohlins unit is easy rebuildable unlike the stock showa that is on there now. So any commuters, or just freeway riders that would keep the bike for an extended period of time, it makes sense also. It will make the bike safer, if you want to use that for justification for the cost. It makes the bike handle better, which is safer, at least IMHO. Good luck.
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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

I'd say its worth it also. I remember my blade being pretty harsh riding around. With an ohlins, even on the street, you should be able to find a happy medium and have the rear soak up road bumps and other assorted street nasties...

It all depends on your weight too... If you are really light I bet you are getting hammered worse than the heavy guys are. But I always thought the damping was off on that shock, regardless of if the spring was right for you or not (which, unless you are the equivalent of two up riding, it is not).

I say get it. I don't know how much they are in Greece, but in the US, I can say its for sure worth the time and money to get one! (and thats not including the benefits you get at the track, if you were go ever go, its night and day different!)
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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

Definitely worth it, IMO... You'll notice the bike is much more compliant over the bumps and lumps the street dishes out.

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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

Thanks for the input guys . I really would like to but it and probably will (hopefully).

Has anyone taken the plunge for a set of Ohlins forlks? Which is really out of my budget but hey...
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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

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Thanks for the input guys . I really would like to but it and probably will (hopefully).

Has anyone taken the plunge for a set of Ohlins forlks? Which is really out of my budget but hey...
Booth has a set I think. I know several people with them. They are above a good fork job a bit, especially when considering stiction. You are reaching the point of dimishing returns with those. But if I had the dough (and a different triple tree for the 600RR), I'd have a set, NO DOUBT!
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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

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Thanks for the input guys . I really would like to but it and probably will (hopefully).

Has anyone taken the plunge for a set of Ohlins forlks? Which is really out of my budget but hey...

Yep. Expensive, but the best money I've ever spent on a bike. No stiction whatsoever, and a HUGE improvement over the stock forks. Can't say how much of an improvement over a properly worked set of stock forks from Kyle or others, however. I'm a big believer that most stock suspension is such a compromise for safety (2-up riding) and "average" rider ability and weight, that it is almost never just right for anyone.

I get teased a bit however, as I have full Ohlins (front, back and damper) yet still run a stock exhaust. But, I've always felt that the bike has plenty of power for me (and I like a quiet bike), but that the suspension mods have really helped my confidence and hence, my riding capabilities. The Ohlins is just so supple, that it makes a big difference for canyon riding, even more so than a track. Tracks tend to be smoother than the canyons I ride, and the supple suspension just smooths out the rough roads so well.

Also, the forks can often be used on your next bike, too. Just need the proper brackets, and you can even get the lower portion of the legs to swap them onto a newer bike with radial brakes. So, not like the rear shock, which tends to be more specific to a particular bike.

I give them a big .
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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

CanyonCarver and I both have the same setup. Ohlins forks, damper, shock and stock exhaust

When I bought my 954, I thought the suspension was much better than any previous bikes I have owned, but still wasn't quite there yet! So I bit the bullet and got Ohlins everything. After getting everything dialed in just right, I cannot believe the difference. The others are correct when they say it's most noticeable on the track, but I could tell the difference immediately on the street as well. (I must be a sensitive kind of guy...don't anybody even think of posting this smilie )

I hate the old cliche...it rides like it's on rails, so I'll say it tracks like it's laser guided. Very compliant and stable. Soaks up bumps I could never tune out of the stockers which, I agree, adds to safety. Better control, more safety. Both on the street and track.

I know they are expensive, but in this case, you truly get what you pay for. Also, if you like to wrench as I do, the installation fun comes no extra charge!

Dan Kyle is the man. I don't know if he can help you in Greece, but I recommend you try him first.

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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

I know, Dan Kyle IS the man . He has helped me out a great deal. Infact he's the only dealer who accepts foreign VISA. The hassles I had with that, well that's another story I've posted elsewhere on the board.

That's where I bought my Ohlins Damper & PCIII. And looks like I'll be buying the rear as well.

Well looks like no one has talked me out of it so I guess it's a go.

Thanks Dudes.
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Re: Is the Ohlins Rear Suspension worth it?

Congrats on your decision,

One last thing, if you have any installation questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If I cannot figure it out, I am certain someone here can.

Also, if you do this, we expect a report!

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