Ok how about this one...
So we know that Ohlins is the name we think of when it comes to suspension correct? Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but there were two different series of Ohlins forks for our bikes right?
I'm going to guess that first generation forks used the 20mm cartridges and the second generation used the 25mm cartridges. Right so far?
Ok so used these go from anywhere from $1600 to $2500? If I'm way off please chime in...
OK what you have here is a used set of Ohlins forks you just spent "x" amount of dollars for, personally unless I knew the person selling them to me I would take everything they said to me with a grain of salt, they are trying to sell their stuff.
At the least new fork oil, if you can't do it yourself a couple a hundred bucks? May as well put new seals in to be safe and it may need a re-spring another $150.
Seems like a lot of cash for used forks, I know they say Ohlins but the 20mm and the 25mm cartridges have been replaced with the 30mm kits.
For say $1800 all said and done 30mm kits for your stock Showa forks, I was told they would never need another upgrade and was told they will outshine the older style Ohlins with the 20mm cartridges.
Do we need to spend that kind of money? Well I know I can get 20mm cart installed with springs for around $900 but I would rather spend a little more and go with the 30mm kits with the separate rebound and compression valving, sprung for my weight and a little bit of DK magic and voila' Bob's your uncle.
Top shelf suspension for a less than new/used Ohlins, I don't care what the name brand is as long as it works and does what I expect it to do.
Will I be able to out ride the forks? I doubt it, but there is something to be said about trust. Trusting the equipment we are using is half the battle.
If your fighting your ride, then you are not riding to the best of yours and the bikes ability.
One other thing...if you must absolutely have to have radial brakes for your bike then I'd go the way Stig went and have aftermarket ones installed for about $700 while you are getting the forks done and what you get is top notch suspension with whatever calipers you want to add.
Now that would be a really, really sweet set up and to ME worth every penny.