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I just got off the phone with Dan Kyle @ Kyle Racing - Roadracing Motorcycle Suspension , my go to guy for all things Ohlins. I'm sending in the shocks off the 1200R to get rebuilt and figured I'd get as much info for all of us while I was chatting with him.


He informed me that new part numbers and info on Ohlins shock just came to him today - shock, cartridge kits and forks made specifically for the NineT are coming soon.

The shock is part # BM440 and he will be selling them for $990, sprung for your weight. The code for what the shock includes is this:
S46 = 46mm piston
P = piggyback reservoir
R1 = Rebound, low speed adjustment
C1 = Compression, low speed adjustment
B = Integrated preload adjustment


He will also have NineT specific Ohlins NIX fork cartridge kits, part # FGK231 with springs for $1200 plus shipping to and from him. Compression, rebound, and preload adjustable.

There will also be a complete Ohlins forks kit in all black, part # FGRT216 from him for $2150 plus shipping to you. Compression, rebound, and preload adjustable.
Black forks.... YES!





So who's going to upgrade their suspension?
By next year I will have put enough miles on the bike to justify Ohlins all around, if you are outside of the "normal" rider weight the bike comes with, you now have options to get the most out of the handling of your bike.
I did ask him if he could replace the OEM shock with a different spring, without having one in hand he couldn't answer.


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I am personally fine with the front forks at this point, but the rear shock kinda bothers me. Not in its performance, but having to adjust both the spring and damper. Wish I could do it with one dial, for 2 up and one up riding.
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Awesome, thanks Lost!
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I like the Gold/yellow look so the front Fork is OK...but I will change the rear shock...white spring is not my favourite part.
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Hi lost
Im sure that the rear spring could be replaced with something firmer, they probably use this spring on another model so there must some other alternatives.
I would like my forks a little firmer.

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Hi lost
Im sure that the rear spring could be replaced with something firmer, they probably use this spring on another model so there must some other alternatives.
I would like my forks a little firmer.
Hi, All I fitted the cartridges from a 2012 1000 rr to my forks , gives you pre load adjustment and rebound adjustment , slightly firmer ride as well picked up the cartridges complete of e bay for £35.00 , no looking for fork lowers to reinstate compression damping feature ,

Will take some pictures when bike comes back from getting new tank fitted, they had it three weeks now , not that bothered as I am away from home with work right now .
If you going to do this make sure you get the right forks early ones were Sachs later were Showa , they are not interchangeable .

No real difference in the ride of the bike .
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Do you know if it would be possible to replace the rear shock and front forks with a longer travel suspension at the prices you were quoted above.

Thanks,

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Tempting. The S1 is about 80# lighter, so that option doesn't sound perfect.

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Do you know if it would be possible to replace the rear shock and front forks with a longer travel suspension at the prices you were quoted above.

Thanks,

Eric




Hi Eric, sorry for the delay...

That is something that you should ask Dan about, I really have no idea.





On another note, I'm sorry to say but I'm taking back my earlier comments about being content with the OEM suspension for now. I think the NineT does handle better in the canyons than my 12R, for sure. But after spending 2 week on a long trip riding it everyday, on a wide mixture of road/interstates, etc with a few back to back rides on my 12R when we traded bikes, getting an Ohlins setup is top priority. It's mostly the highway riding that needs serious help, but I now believe there's far more room for improvement than I thought while on the NineT honeymoon.
Being able to easily adjust the suspension to the kind of riding being done that day will be awesome.


So does anyone have plans for Ohlins? It will be end of summer for me and am interested to hear any feedback.


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Yes, I will be doing the Ohlins shock for sure, asap, fork inserts likely over the winter.

RMR Suspension is our local specialist. They're quoting $1580 CDN (~1445 USD) + 12% tax. I'll likely talk to Dan, have it shipped to the border. Then hire a mule to smuggle it to my house. Maybe somebody has a drone.
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