Jenny, Most of the Suzy shocks are new or close to new. Most are sold by MC wreckers. I have a 600, 750, and 1000 shock, and all are fully charged, leak free, and appear to be brand new. Suzuki upgraded these in 2011. You really have to try to the Suzy shock to appreciate it. I think you'll be impressed if you approach it with an open mind. Racers complain the Suzy factory shock is too soft for closed course competition. Reviewers say it has one of the smoothest street suspensions of any sportbike. On the Honda, it works well on whoops and pavement, far better than the OEM unit which fades rapidly on whoops and is a bit harse on uneven pavement. And the spring rate is spot on. Parts is parts. They work, or they don't, then you try something else. For those who don't want to experiment, the RR kit is a great value when you add your time into the equation. However, the RR kit was not released when I started, and now I'm really happy with the rear damper. The front needs some more work, but it's far better than it was.