142-0004-00 TFX Piggyback Rear Shock R1200GS
Date: Apr59l 21, 2020
Ted: The new TFX reservoir front and rear suspension on my 2005 R1200GS loaded with paniers and gear, feels planted, stable and straight tracking on road, very confidence inspiring but …OK, its better, worth $2100??? Hmmm. Got in the dirt yesterday and now on washboard - tracks super straight, no wiggle to the side or feel of floating - mirrors and bars stable and not jittery - this is better. Then got into deep sand with ruts from prior bikes OMG! Old stock suspension, standing, the bike would wiggle and need a bit of body english constantly (like you were on the edge of auguring in all the time) and very gentle hand pressure but now - NONE OF THAT! ? Standing up it simply tracks straight ahead - what? Are we in sand? Yup holy cow this is amazing. OK now into a sand riverbed and up the bank with a few grapefruit rocks … it starts a wiggle and front end dive to side so a teeny throttle jab and the front straightens right up, rear tracks up - GEEZ THIS IS GREAT! Can suspension do this? It feels like the 650lbs under me WANTS to stay pointed right ahead and going - like the german panzer it is … My buddy on a KLR complains his is dancing under him, feet out, jiggling along and here I stand plowing right ahead! Then I sit down like he does and yikes! Here comes the shaky jiggles, dives to right and left - stand up and YES BOSS we going straight ahead now…. HAAA! SWEEEEETTTT!!!! Yes worth $2100 - amazing. Now I'm afraid to mess with any settings it was so great. Plus I've got to be careful, this thing make me feel I've been hit with a pro-stick and am fantastic rider, meaning I can now get so far in over my head so mu ch faster … very cool. Thank You. Jim Btw: installing front shock I had to rig a little mount to move the horn in order to clear reservoir and give clear shot at adjustment on shock. Plus even with brake line strain relief pulled the front didn’t get low enough to let the shock into the teeny hole. My buddy suggests tie down with cranks on them, balance all that, crank the new shock down and two of us get it aimed to the little hole then RELEASE and Thank The Gods it went in. The cranking strap and a friend really helped. Cannisterectomy went well too. Thank You Again!
Jim M. 2005 R1200GS