the biggest advantage of buying aftermarket shocks yourself is the fact that the shocks will come sprung and valved for your bike and RIDER WEIGHT with gear. vs lets say buying a xt-p well the podiums are going to be sprung and valved to a general rider weight spec that will work ok with a variety of weights and rider caliber.In my opinion they are better. I only rode the xtp shocks about 20 miles though. For me the elkas provide minimal if any body roll while still allowing a good ride. I wouldnt call it a plush ride or anything but good without being too soft in the corners. I am a big dude and having the elkas sprung for my weight probably helps a bunch.
Not if you buy an xt and add $1300 elkas.Thanks for the replys gentlemen. With my wife on the back I would be looking for something with a plush ride for her benefit. I'm guessing the XT-P is worth the extra 2k or so?