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Keeps sand and road grit off your shock. That's important here in Colorado where they sand the roads in Winter. Grit on the shock rod can damage the seal and make the shock leak.
The little plastic panel the R3 has won't keep 100% of the crud out of there.
One thing I noticed in my Jeep world was that these shock boots don't keep everything out, so when you DO get junk inside the boot it stays in and can really chew up your shock rod and seal. Just thought it was worth mentioning.
 

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One thing I noticed in my Jeep world was that these shock boots don't keep everything out, so when you DO get junk inside the boot it stays in and can really chew up your shock rod and seal. Just thought it was worth mentioning.
Good point.

It would be wise to remove the sock whenever you wash the motorcycle to prevent a buildup of crud.

This one uses velcro, so it's an easy on-off deal.
 
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