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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 22-Apr-2019, 04:41 PM (904) Thread Starter
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WTB lower shocks for 2005 R1200GS

I want to lower my new-to-me 2005 R1200GS. Do you have a set of used shorter shocks you would part with? I just can't see putting the price of new ones on a 14-year-old bike with 40,000 miles. Especially since I might move up to a newer one in a year.

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I was going to suggest checking Beemer Boneyard, but a quick look indicates they don't have any suspension parts that old at the moment.

Also note that if you shorten the suspension, odds are you'll have to shorten the kickstand (not a terribly difficult job if you know a competent welder), and your centerstand may become nearly impossible to use. BMW made a lowering kit for the Hexhead GSs, consisting of shocks, side stand and center stand, but it only fit bikes made from late 2006.

Bottom line, you may be out of luck. If you were planning to trade up anyway, you might just want to do that rather than spending a lot of money.

BTW, 40K miles and 14 years is not particularly "old" for one of these bikes (mine is 13 years old with over 70K miles). There are lots of people still riding around and racking up serious miles on Oilheads (1100s and 1150s) with well over 100K on the clock.
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Lowered shocks

I do have the "lowered" shocks from my '09. The front shock started leaking and I bought Wilber's standard height replacements. The rear shock is still good, as is the side stand, which has to be shorter. Let me know if you're still interested.

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