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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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This is all very interesting, and it's tempting to get the suspension settings "perfect" for a specific rider's weight (mine, for example). But as I said in the OP, my bike handles really well in the canyons in which I ride. So do I get the bike "adjusted" or leave as is? I keep thinking of the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"...or the government version, "If it ain't broke, keep fixing it until it is."

Think I will let sleeping dogs lie.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 02:48 PM
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Just a question: have 43,000 miles on my '16. Runs just fine, handles just fine; but, beginning to wonder at what point should shocks be replaced/rebuilt? Going by how the ESA shocks degraded at about 30,000 on my 2009 K1300S and were replaced by Wilbers from Ted Porter and made a huge difference.
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I changed the front DDC fork oil at 8k km and there was quite a difference... in a good way. Don't know about the rear shock.
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IIRC, BMW recommends replacing fluid at18k miles, so...you're slightly overdue haha. Depending on the type of miles you're logging, generally two years is the longest you want to go between suspension services, but annually is the way to go to maintain consistent damping if you're putting in decent mileage. One of those things that most people neglect since the change happens so slowly there isn't an apparent problem.

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Had fork oil changed at 18,000 but not at 36,000 partly because a well known German BMW tech had stated that no need to change unless leaking and the dealer doing the 36,000 agreed. Of course, that saves a significant of money.....My question is not necessarily about fork oil but more to the overall integrity of the shocks. Service manager at dealer where I purchased the RR could not answer my question because he had no experience with an RR with this amount of mileage.
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Lol. I have done 60,000kms on both my RR's and the suspension is untouched other than the 30k and 60k fork oil change. I also would agree that fork oil changes make a huge difference and the rear shock probably needs a service at the same time. 60k of bumps would certainly take its toll.
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Had fork oil changed at 18,000 but not at 36,000 partly because a well known German BMW tech had stated that no need to change unless leaking and the dealer doing the 36,000 agreed. Of course, that saves a significant of money.....My question is not necessarily about fork oil but more to the overall integrity of the shocks. Service manager at dealer where I purchased the RR could not answer my question because he had no experience with an RR with this amount of mileage.
That's exactly what I was talking about. This isn't a perfect analogy, but that logic is a lot like saying "well, since engine oil isn't weeping out of any of the seals or gaskets, it must be in good shape and doing its job."

As to your core question about the integrity of the suspension components- there's nothing that I'm aware of that's supposed to be replaced as preventative maintenance or that's expected to fail with normal use (outside of seals and parts used in normal service). One of the benefits to having suspension serviced somewhat regularly is that someone can make sure everything is put together correctly and that your proverbial wookiee isn't bent.
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