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Old 10-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Small world - I also recently bought my 2006 Street Rod and selling a Ducati, this time it was a Multistrada. Loved the bike, but two plastic gas tank expansions & hassle were more than I could tolerate, especially with no cure in site for the US market.

I had previously ridden an 07 Street Rod, and I think this one is lowered. I know it has a low seat. I don't yet have the manuals, could someone please tell me the length of the stock rear shocks?

Thanks in advance - this is a wonderful website for newbies, Looks like all of these ides could get expensive.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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Welcome! It's a great site!
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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welcome, and i think the rear shocks are 13"
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:45 PM   #5
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I've seen 15.75 inches quoted as the stock length. If that's incorrect,someone will give the right answer.

Look at the bottom of the shock & check to see if there's something like this mounted.



They're used to move the shock mount back & thus lower the bike.
Whether this practice is a good idea has been debated.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:47 PM   #6
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welcome, and i think the rear shocks are 13"
Street Rod, Craig. I think your DX shocks are 13".
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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Not lowered after all

Thanks, guys. The rear shocks are indeed 13 inches and there is no lowering kit on the shock mounting holes so it must be stock height after all. Guess anything seems low after a Multistrada or Buell Ulysses.
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Thanks, guys. The rear shocks are indeed 13 inches and there is no lowering kit on the shock mounting holes so it must be stock height after all. Guess anything seems low after a Multistrada or Buell Ulysses.
Still sounds like someone put shorter shocks on your "R",which has been known to happen. I know for a fact that my stock Street Rod shocks are longer than 13 inches.

Per the manual a 2006 VRSCR has a seat height of 30 inches versus the 26 inch height of the VRSCA & VRSCD models of that year.
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Still sounds like someone put shorter shocks on your "R",which has been known to happen. I know for a fact that my stock Street Rod shocks are longer than 13 inches.

Per the manual a 2006 VRSCR has a seat height of 30 inches versus the 26 inch height of the VRSCA & VRSCD models of that year.
Thanks, and you were correct the first time. The shocks should indeed be 15.75 inches instead on 13. Seems like Works Performance is one of the few people that make this shock now. A set of these and a true-track and I'll be initiated for $1000 +
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Big difference between the Duc and the R. Poke around the R section and read about the quirks of the R, minor and easy to fix stuff. Reliable and fun bike, enjoy.
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welcome, from san antonio.. riding season is here while for most its time for winter mods.. I LOVE TEXAS !!!! (in winter)
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:58 PM   #12
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Thanks, and you were correct the first time. The shocks should indeed be 15.75 inches instead on 13. Seems like Works Performance is one of the few people that make this shock now. A set of these and a true-track and I'll be initiated for $1000 +
Welcome aboard!

I have Works Performance Aluminum Street Trackers on my R and am very happy with them. Changing the rebound damping adjustment makes a huge difference in ride quality and handling.

I think I was the first to put a True-Track linkage on an R. It is the single biggest improvement you can make to the bike's handling. Next would be a Race Tech Gold Valve and, if necessary for your weight, Race Tech fork springs. Shocks are third on the list as the stock shocks are very good. In your case you do not have the stock shocks and you want to restore the bike's original ride height so you need to buy shocks. You can go as long as 16.25 inches on the shocks without the swingarm cross brace touching the fuel cell. Works will build them to that lenght. That gets the rear up a touch for quicker steering and a bit more cornering clearance. I run shocks this length on my R.

You can also remove the foot peg feelers and replace them with allen head screws to buy some more cornering clearance. Screws don't buzz your feet when they touch down the way the stock pointy feelers do.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:21 PM   #13
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Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I have a line on some OEM shocks at the original length. I plan to do this and the True-Track at the same time. I had good experience with True-Track on Harley's before they upgraded the frame.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #14
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Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I have a line on some OEM shocks at the original length. I plan to do this and the True-Track at the same time. I had good experience with True-Track on Harley's before they upgraded the frame.
It is surprising how much the engine and swingarm moves in the rear engine mounts on even moderate cornering. The True-Track linkage eliminates all of the side play and really cleans up the handling. I put one on an otherwise bone stock R (actually True-Track prototyped it on my stock R) and discovered the OEM shocks are actually darn good. What I though as caused by ho-hum shocks was really side play in the swingarm. The True-Track linkage took care of that.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:54 AM   #15
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I too followed Philthy's thread on the True-Track, ordered and installed on on my R. Have been on a couple good rides now after the installation and....YES a very nice improvement on stability.
I'm also running the Works shocks on the rear in the stock 15.75 length as well as Race Tech gold valves and spring updates on the front forks. I'm a bigger guy at 6'3" & 235lbs and these mods made a huge difference on the way this bike handles for me.
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