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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-26-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ok guys , whats the big benefit to monotubes up front as opppse to the stock forks , if i dont want to lower the bike ? i have a 13 RG custom
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Ok guys , whats the big benefit to monotubes up front as opppse to the stock forks , if i dont want to lower the bike ? i have a 13 RG custom

Hit your front brake and watch the front end dive. Monotubes easily cut the dive in half. The front wheel will also have better contact with the road, because the Monotubes react faster to bumps.

Combine the Monotubes with better shocks in the rear, and you will have a whole new ride. Ohlins, are a really good choice for the rear. My Anti-lock brakes don't kick in for no reason, like they used to.








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Stock front suspension is way too soft. Monotubes cure that and even improved the rear suspension, IMO.

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Improved ride,almost eliminates front end dive,it'll never have a fork seal leak,Improved handling,Improved ride,no downside.

Just my experience with my RGU.Been one of the best upgrades I ever did.


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Been on monotubes for a little over 3 years now..... all of the above, and good price to accomplish doing what they do.

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Handling is much better with mono tubes. I put the stock height on my RG. I'll never go back to a stock setup on the front.
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Same as all above. Major improvement in front end dive,better contact with road makes for better handling in the curves. Did not regret it for a minute on my last bike, that is why my new one is getting it this winter also.
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The job of any suspension to to keep wheels in contact with the road in all kinds of situations. Monotubes are an upgrade to the stock springs in their oil bath. Just as a good, gas-charged shock with pre-load adjustability will be an improvement over the OEM air ride.

To me the stock suspension on a touring Harley is built with comfort being the primary objective. One can move performance to the top, while still maintaining comfort, with upgraded components.


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A lot of people complain about the stock suspensions on Harley touring bikes. Bottom line is.... not all riders are built the same. The MoCo did it's best to do a one size fits all. But ........

As an example,a guy who weighs easily 300, and his girlfriend is probably 250, compared to a guy who weighs 165 and rides solo. In the first case.... there's not enough air in the world to prevent bottoming with the stock shocks. In the second case the stock shocks are going to feel harsh.

People are counting on the suspension to cater to both extremes. Not going to happen. It's one of the things you have to do to make the bike fit you, and your riding style.








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The main reason I did it was to loose the front end dive. I hear people play with fluid weight , but I don't think a fluid weight change would compare to the mono tubes.

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