Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: The Redneck Riviera
No more new frame envy w/ GlidePro
Installed the GlidePro bushings in the '05 SEEG and the '09 SERG (haven't got to ride the '09 yet). Both of the baggers were on the lift already for some ESP work, and I thought what the heck?
The '05 SEEG (yes I know it's a Bat, but bear with me, we're talking old frame vs new frame here) has always been a great handling bagger from the MoCo with the factory lowered suspension f&r with a firmer feel than any other touring bike that I know ~ no wallow, no float, no wobble, nothing but a little rear steer, that we all started to notice after the new frames came out in '09.
The GlidePro Bushings aren't cheap and they are fairly labor intensive to install, but they are well worth it!! especially in the older frame!!
As good as the '05 SEEG handles stock, the GlidePro, along with Michelin Commander IIs made a huge difference in the manners of the '05. The GlidePro / M - C IIs are smooth out of the gate (no break in), made the bike feel much lighter, more precise, and so much more nimble at all (especially low) speeds, while maintaining the high speed handling that I have always enjoyed with this bike. The ride quality is firmer but smoother ( as on the new frames) with less vibration than stock. The low speed manners are, to me, much lighter feel, much more nimble, than the new frame (maybe due to the shorter swingarm) which now feels ponderous in comparison. At mid - high speed cornering, any hint of rear steer has vanished, the bike is neutral at any speed, 1 or 2 up. All +'s no -'s.
'Can only imagine how the GlidePro / Commander IIs will improve the older RGs.
I know that there are other "fixes" out there (stabilizers etc), but to me, the GlidePro solves the issues at the heart of the problem, rather than being an add-on solution.
Like the title of this Thread states; "No more new frame envy"
Mitchdm raves avout the GlidePro on his Skunk, can't wait to try them out on my '09.
"I've read dozens of books about heros and crooks, and learned much from both of their styles"
'09 SERG 117/DD7 "THE SHORT BUS"