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slashfive 07-22-2010 10:50 AM

YSS shocks - Any comments???
Just got off the phone with Tom Cutter discussing a YSS shock to replace the original on my 89 r100gs.

Looking for some input/comments to go with the research I have done on these. Am considering the wilbur's also but I can have these for my trip next week and they save the wallet a bit also.


Rob Farmer 07-22-2010 11:19 AM

I bought a Wilbers for my g/s and to be honest it was a little disappointing. I heard that YSS have the development guys from the old WP shocks working for them.

Solo Lobo 07-22-2010 11:24 AM

I think Airhead Wrangler toasted a new custom built one on a ride from Seattle to TDF...

Airhead Wrangler 07-22-2010 12:26 PM

Yep, I blew one on the way south, but to be fair it was kind of a fluke. A rock got inside the coil somehow and chipped the chrome off the shaft. That ate the seal pretty quickly. One of the other guys I was travelling with also had a YSS on his GSPD. It did fine for the whole trip. I'd say for the money they're pretty good. The story I heard was the engineer who designed all the wilbers shocks got fed up with working for Wilbers and left. He's now the president of YSS or something like that. Also, Klaus at EPM performance is really good to deal with. He actually sent a replacement shock to me at cost when my original blew a couple years after he sold it to me. He was really helpful.

elmontanero 07-22-2010 12:37 PM

I've got one on my g/s... Like it enormously, but I'm not hardcore offroad like Wrangler.

slashfive 07-22-2010 01:31 PM

Thanks for the replies from the esteemed members.

Got one on order and can now contribute when the next question of "does anyone use YSS shocks?" comes up.

brentde3 07-22-2010 07:18 PM

I have a pair on my r90/6. I love 'em.

bgoodsoil 07-22-2010 07:26 PM

There's Ohlins and there's everything else.

The Ohlins is rebuildable, sprung to your weight, and you can literally adjust compression and rebound damping while you're riding. Just reach down and turn the knob. It's a long reach for the rebound, DAMHIK

One Less Harley 07-22-2010 07:43 PM

YSS are rebuildable, set up for your weight, adjustable compression, not sure about rebound or is it adjustable for rebound and not compression???. You can get an optional oil reservoir. I got mine from EPM, Klaus, very knowledgeable.

I can't say how good it is as I was running the stocker. It seems fine to me. Mostly on road, some off road (not enough but always looking!!)

Airhead Wrangler 07-22-2010 07:54 PM


Originally Posted by One Less Harley
adjustable for rebound and not compression???.

On the basic ones you can adjust the rebound, but not the compression. The ones with attached or remote reservoir have compression and rebound adjustment.

BOOTLACE 07-23-2010 05:12 AM

Just talking to me mate Chris on Skype. He's in Khasakstan, and there is a thread here on his Rooney framed bike. His YSS shock has sagged big time in the spring, and is starting to leak it's goods. He's NOT happy.

ChromeSux 07-23-2010 06:31 AM

It damn near broke my heart and bilfold to spend the bucks but i bought the Ohlins for my 89 GS, WOW what a difference, Ohlins is worth the bucks, do it you wont regret it.

Solo Lobo 07-23-2010 01:24 PM

And advice for anyone who buys an aftermarket shock... spend the $25 or whatever for a neoprene shock cover... cheap insurance.

trustme 07-23-2010 01:48 PM


Originally Posted by BOOTLACE
Just talking to me mate Chris on Skype. He's in Khasakstan, and there is a thread here on his Rooney framed bike. His YSS shock has sagged big time in the spring, and is starting to leak it's goods. He's NOT happy.

I'm aware of a test being carried out on their emulator springs, they also sacked out quite quickly.
If the bike is a keeper , dig deeper , spend the money.

davef 07-24-2010 10:48 AM

I went with YSS for my current /5S project (R90s 1040cc motor in my /5)

They look great, but I don't have any feedback for you on how they ride yet. I'm still putting everything back together.

I figure you can't go too wrong. They're way cheaper than wilburs, and offer nearly identical performance. Surely, they'll be a step up from the old Konis that were on the bike. I would have gone with ohlins, but I couldn't see spending more on shocks than I did for the whole bike. :lol3

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