I was originally set on Wilbers, but I must admit that when a road less traveled presents itself, I'll give it a go. For many years I've used Bilstein shocks on my cars and was surprised to find that they also cater for our R NineT's! I have seen very little mention of them on this forum however they are used and recommended quite a bit on a German R NineT forum. So figured I'd give it a shot! You simply provide your weight with gear, and whether you ride solo or two-up and off you go! Worth noting, the company selling them are happy to powder-coat the spring whatever colour you choose for a small fee. Black is the factory option.
In a nut-shell it's got adjustable rebound and compression damping, adjustable preload incl. height adjustment + 15mm at the shock (no travel loss). It's a bucket load lighter than the factory item too.
Of interest, it doesn't have an external reservoir and claims to benefit without one. From Bilstein: "The rebound and compression stages are located in one housing, without an external reservoir. Advantage of this technology: Very short flow paths because the oil does not have to flow through the expansion tank first. Effect: faster response to the smallest unevenness, resulting in enormous comfort."
I'm not that clued up on suspension or the inner workings of shocks, so the above may just be jargon to get someone like me thinking it's better than the rest, but I do trust in the brand so wanted to give it a shot.
It's now been installed along with a stiffer set of springs and a re-valve up front, but only had a quick ride home from the shop and haven't had a good opportunity to really test her out. Initial opinion is that it feels a **** of a lot better than the factory item (I'm 6'2 @ 90kg) but really need to get a few more K's on it before I can really comment.
I will probably make a separate thread about the shock so others can chime in on their experiences and potentially add another player into the mix.
Last edited by Gemballa1980; 03-25-2019 at 03:09 AM.