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Thread: 1997 R850R Front Suspension Questions

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    Where did you get them rebuilt. Ted told me they couldn't.
    02 R1150R ABS, 04 R1150R, 04 R1100S BCR, 05 R1100S BCR, 16 S1000XR

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrogers View Post
    Where did you get them rebuilt. Ted told me they couldn't.
    Accelerated Technologies. John Sharrard, owner. Ontario, Canada.

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    Good to now about this option. Never heard of them before, but I'm not in Canada. To late for me now.
    I had the Beemer Shop, Fast-Bike Ind. and Race Tech all tell me the OEM Showa shocks on my BMW's (3-R1150R's, 3-R1100S's) were sealed units and couldn't be rebuilt. Actually Race Tech did say the rear shock on the R1100S BCR could be rebuilt but the cost would be high and not the best produced they had available for the bike. I ended up with Ohlins on all the bike except 1 which got Trac-Tive.
    02 R1150R ABS, 04 R1150R, 04 R1100S BCR, 05 R1100S BCR, 16 S1000XR

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    An update: the stiff front suspension problem is, for the moment, solved.

    Today I swapped both shocks out for the used-but-better-condition pair that an anonymous MOA member so generously sent me for completely free. They have 17k miles on them and are from an R1100RS. The length and spring rates looked identical to what was already on my machine despite the model difference. I set the rear to preload setting 3 and put the damping adjustment screw right in the middle.

    The improvement was apparent after just a few miles. The front end feels a whole lot better and isn't bouncing any more. Feels a lot more stuck to the road. It's been raining for days so I didn't want to get aggressive in the corners and really try them out. I eventually will when the weather improves now that I'm not worried about the front wheel hopping up off the road.

    It's not quite floating like a luxury car, but it still eats up all but the biggest bumps just fine. Eventually I might buy a set of YSS shocks to replace them; hopefully I'll have saved up the money by the time these stock ones wear out.

    Only mildly related, but I'm quite pleased with how my tires performed in the pouring rain. Today was the first time I'd had the opportunity to test them out in serious rain, and I'd happily recommend a set of Avon Spirit ST's to anybody who rides both wet and dry and has an 18-inch rear wheel.
    Owner of the saddest 1997 R850R you ever did see.

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