Remember how that knee bone is connected to the thigh bone is connected to ........ on and on ?
Penske or Ohlins it matters not. If you can get more and better help from someone who sells or uses one more so than the other, that's the way to decide IMO. I do think you get better value in a Penkse if you are looking at a 2 way instead of 3 way, but you will surely be looking at a 3 way.
BUT it's not so simple, because the spring collar is connected to the shock is connected to... on and on.
Make sure you're rear spring is the correct rate for track day solo riding at your level of skill (and tires you will be using).
Run 10 -11 mm of Free Sag, then lengthen the shock to get the Rider Sag where you want it (I had to add 6 mm of shock length to my 1100 # / inch sprung Penkse for my 919 Naked Honda)
I know nothing about 1000 RRs. How good are the front Compression and Rebound Valves? How well to ideal for you is it sprung ? Maybe it would be wise to redo the front totally, so it is at the same level of finesse as the rear you want to put on. LordDH @ Kyle will take good care of you, ask him.
Stock RR fork springs are about 20lbs off my weight. For my ass, the adjustments still do the trick and are still responsive enough. So to me, they're still good enough.
I'm not talking suspension mods cause I like the bling, well I do, but the reason I'm seeking a rear shock is because I feel its holding me back at this point. With it being sprung for 2 up vs my skinny ass. Shock 1st, then when the front becomes the problem, then I'll do that.
So I'm not gonna buy a shock and not have it sprung for my weight, that's half the problem I have now, so whatever I get will be set for my featherweight self.
I'm not concerned with the tuning, I'm pretty confident once I have the shock, myself and my track partner can set it up, we've tweaked our stock suspension several times over after servicing and tire changes and I've experimented with geometry changes a lil bit.
I wouldn't mind Ohlins, don't get me wrong, but a part of me really wants to try something that isn't so popular. Simply just to be different from the crowd.
If I was to put them in order of desire it would be
Ohlins, Matris, Penske 3 way, Showa, WP
The ones I'm looking at all have the same features essentially. High andlow speed compression, rebound adjustment, height adjustable, hydraulic and mechanical preload adjustment.
But some have a remote res units, some have a piggyback. What I don't want for sure, is a remote setup.
Altho mike has a solution to that, I think the piggyback units are way cleaner.