Jeez, how many miles has the bike done? my mate changed the rear shock on his RT1200 after 75,000 miles! these shocks are generally built to last. Anyway, its been about 3 years since I was on this site, still got me crosstourer only done 7000 miles! but all in France and bloody fantastic!
By the way, does anyone have a decent link that works without loads of spam for getting the 2012 workshop manual or is buying one from honda the best option?
Might help with your shock replacement!