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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 05:07 PM
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I've glad to hear they did so well and I might give them a try but they are a little pricey, I've watched his video several times so a day in the garage is the easy part. I wanted to try a Progressive Suspension Touring Link Chassis Stabilizer first, I read an article that claimed when Buell engineered the frame for HD there were 4 mounts but HD remove one from the design, claiming it was overkill and an unnecessary expense. Plus I only paid$137 shipped so the price is right. Also I have a friend out of NH who like to ride hard and he swears buy it.

I've seen my fair share of bushing failures so it won't be long before I give them a try, plus I like the idea of knowing that everything is aligned and as it should be.

Sincerely, Tim
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 06:38 PM
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I did the Custom Cycle Eng. sepherical bearing up grade on my 01 RG it came with the swing arm bolt,it helps if you have a press to remove the old bushings though,plus had a true trak stabilizer,also replaced the front motor mount at the same time,it made a huge diff.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 04:44 AM
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A Friend of mine Have monted Glidepro bushings in his 88 FLH Police.
made a big difference on his bike.

i have mounted the Stab o kit in my 95 Fltuc now and are waiting for summer to come so i can test drive it.
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Dang. ...... I recently had my frame replaced and didn't even think about doing this, would've been the perfect time.

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