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    Gonzo Geezer zweirad's Avatar
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    R12GS ESA rear shock replacement recommendations?

    Hello Friends,

    The ESA rear shock on my '09 R12GS has sprung a leak, dribbling oil on the garage floor. 60K miles. Looks like my options are OEM (not), Works, Wilbur, or ?├╗hlin. I'm looking for opinions from the cognoscenti on what makes the most sense from a mostly cost perspective. I expect to be riding this beast for another year, probably two. Hell, I'm retired, more likely three, then right on to the Hoveround.

    I suppose a used unit is an option as well....any carcasses out there getting dismembered?

    What say ye?

    Thanks, Stay Safe.
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    Lee Hetrick, Harrisburg, PA
    '09 R12GS, '83 R80ST
    MOA #8501, RA, Dutch Country Riders
    "Will Ride For Food"

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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    By any chance is it still in warranty? Warranty will not cover a worn shock, but will cover a shock that's leaking oil.
    Lee 2011 K1300S
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    Past BMW Bikes, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Gonzo Geezer zweirad's Avatar
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    60K miles, 4 years old.
    Lee Hetrick, Harrisburg, PA
    '09 R12GS, '83 R80ST
    MOA #8501, RA, Dutch Country Riders
    "Will Ride For Food"

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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by zweirad View Post
    60K miles, 4 years old.
    It was wishful thinking
    Lee 2011 K1300S
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    I'd hazard a guess that a reputable suspension shop can rebuild/revalve it for you.

    In the past I've used these folks with very good results. http://www.acceltechracing.com/services.htm

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    You might try the hexheads/camheads forum for more answers.

    Your bike is a 1200 and this is the Oilheads forum.
    MJM - BeeCeeBeemers Motorcycle Club Vancouver B.C.
    '81 R80G/S, '82 R100RS, '00 R1100RT

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