After going through the stock shocks (garbage), a set of Prgressive 440's (total crap, basically a spring that you can stiffen up) I got tired of trying to save & went with a set of Ohlins.
Holy shit they're awesome! No more slamming from bottoming out. They ride very very nice. A little stiff at first but as they break-in they become more plush. Of course everyone's idea of how a suspension "should" feel is different but, I think most will be very happy with them.
Also, cost is relative. To me they weren't a lot of money for what I got as compared to other shocks brands. In fact I think they were very reasonable for how good they are. I have the #3 #3. The website has the information on what those numbers mean (motorcyclemetal.com). If you call ask for Howard (he'll probably answer anyway).
Oh, if you're looking to set 'em & forget 'em...forget it. You'll need to setup your sag, break 'em in (500 miles) set the sag again, ride another 350-500 miles then reset the sag & you should be good to go. Seeing how most guys on this site like to work on their own bikes, you'll love it. IMO these shocks are the real deal.