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Rear shock for GL650, who, what, where, when...

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Hey guys,

I'm looking to replace the aging and sagging rear shock on my cafe project and can't quite find anything and was wondering what other GL650 owners are using. I know the factory shock is no longer available and not rebuilable so there has to be something out there available. Preferably something that is a fairly bolt in affair or close with little fabrication as I live in a beach town that has no custom fab shops anywhere close so it's something I would have to be able to do in my own garage.

I would also prefer to find something that is adjustable as I would like to raise the rear end about an inch to an inch and a half if that's possible and keeping the driveshaft in an acceptable range without binding. The current setup has the bike sagging which I'm not 100% sure is the way it came from the factory or has settled due to a bad shock? If you stand and look at it from the side the motor does not sit parallel to the ground and dips down toward the rear.

Aesthetically I don't like the look and ruins my "vision" I have for the bike but the bigger problem lies in the new brake light combo I'm wanting to mount. There's not much room between the top of the rear tire and the rear hoop I'm planning on installing. That extra bit of room could be a huge help with everything fitting properly and giving me the look I'm after. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Let me know what you've used with success and liked. Hopefully a more modern sport bike option is out there which will also help with the handling as well!

I'm 6'3" and around 215lbs if that matters when it comes to the spring rate/shock

Kind Regards,


I included a pic but it doesn't quite show the sagging I'm talking about you might see the closeness the frame will be to the rear tire. As soon as it stops raining I'll back her out of the garage and take a nice side profile pic to show the "sagging" and someone can tell me if that's normal or not.
Date: Oct 12, 2017   


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