hi guys my 1st post, after a gap of 25 years I have decided to get back on the road again. I just got a 2006 Suzuki GS500F with 8500kms on the clock. I have done just over 1000kms and am shocked to say the least (excuse the pun) to discover that the rear shock absorber is worn out - handles like a boat and the rear wheel skips off the road when travelling on the bumpy back roads around my way. My local Suzuki dealer has quoted me a price for a new one but also suggested that I may be able to get an aftermarket unit that would maybe be better than the original but his search for one turned up nothing. He also suggested that I may want to get something that would make the bike bike sit a bit taller to accomodate my height (188cm). Does anyone have any suggestions for a replacement? Does the worn out shock absorber indicate another problem that may need attention? I am very suprised that it lasted less than 10,000kms Apart from this the bike is great and runs like a dream.