NOTE: Shocks are listed as Special Order because each shock is custom built for the rider. Please be sure to answer the questions needed to build your custom shock on the RIGHT --->
Adding Ohlins shocks is the single greatest chassis improvement you can make to your bike. You will immediately notice an improvement in handling, ride quality, comfort and chassis feedback both on-road and off. Common feedback from riders is that it makes the bike track better off-road and handle better in the curves thanks to dampening that is much more progressive than the stock shocks (progressive dampening means the shocks compress more on small bumps to give a cushy ride and firm up more on big bumps to improve handling and feedback).
These are the same shocks used on bikes in the Dakar and Baja rallies and on road race bikes in MotoGP and Superbike. Besides being the best made shocks they are also a great value, since they can be rebuilt in the event you ride far enough to wear them out, a significant savings over a new shock. Touratech-sponsored rider Helge Pedersen, who does more than 15,000 miles a year on his Ohlins-equipped BMW, has his shocks rebuilt annually to insure they never let him down when riding the Silk Road or through Swaziland.
Ohlins shocks (built in Sweden) are specifically sprung and oil-damped for your bike and its intended purpose. They install using exisiting frame mounting points and hardware; there is no drilling or frame modifications required. Since riders are different weights, carry different loads and have different riding styles Touratech does not keep Ohlins shocks "on the shelf" but instead will require information from you when you order about your weight and riding preferences to insure you get a shock that is not too firm or too soft but instead is just right for you and your bike. This "built to spec" service is free and part of the price of the shock. As such delivery from time of order to time of shipping is usually about 10 business days.