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BMW K75 Rear Shock

My bike feels wiggly on the corners, and as far as I know it has 46,000 miles and 13 years on the original rear shock. I started to look at replacements. There’s really a large price range and no cheap options, as far as I can tell.

Ohlin and Wilbers both make highly regarded shocks for this bike but I didn’t see any for less than $500-600, which is about $400-500 more than I had hoped to spend.

I wasn’t able to find much information about Works shocks, except for one review that complained of poor fit & finish. I’ll update this if I come across more reliable information.

Koni used to be a popular maker of relatively inexpensive motorcycle shocks. Apparently now the same motorcycle shocks are manufactured under license from Koni by an Austrailian company named Ikon. Their 7614 shock is available for the K75 (part number 7614-1009), but the price doesn’t seem to be online anywhere. I’m waiting for a quote from one of their US distributors.

Probably the most popular and least expensive shocks are from Progressive. There are two for the K75 that I’m aware of, namely the Progressive 412-4015B and the Progressive 420-1001. I searched for online prices, and by far the cheapest source I found was a company called Motorcycle Accessory Warehouse. I’ve never done business with them, but the shocks were easily 20-30% less expensive there than elsewhere, with the 412-4015B for $183 and the 420-1001 for $334.

That’s still far from cheap, but it looks like that’s the best I can do. It’s a good thing this bike has only one shock absorber in the back.

UPDATE: Works has a price list for their shocks here. Their shock for the K75 retails for $429.

UPDATE 2: Adventure BMW quoted me $359.95 for the Ikon 7614-1009 shock.


Comment from Sam
Time: August 4, 2008, 1:43 pm

Thanks for the research, Kevin! I’ve got a 1991 K75RT with over 70k miles on it, and it really bottoms out on potholes, especially with a passenger. I think the shock is original. I’m curious to hear anything more about replacement shocks for our bikes.

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