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I want a shock that handles better during spirited rides with bumps, dips, irregularities in the road, and provides a confident feeling riding through twisties. It shouldn't bottom out when I hit potholes, and it should rebound quickly in that situation - no pogo stick effect. I like a firm but compliant feel on the road, not to be confused with stiff and harsh. The shocks also need to treat my passenger well. I weigh 190 lbs, with variances +/- 3 lbs. My wife is about 150. I ride solo about 80% of the time.

I've already ordered the Progressive monotube kit for the front suspension. If you answer these questions, it would help me decide if 944's are a good choice for me. I want to have the suspension squared away before taking a 5 day trip down Blue Ridge Parkway all the way to Deals Gap in May. Thanks...

What is your ride?

Which 944 shock did you buy, standard or heavy duty?

How much do you weigh?

How much solo vs 2 up riding do you do?

What kind of riding do you do?

Did you lower? How much?

What do you like, and not like about these shocks?


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Have you ever considered JRIs instead? Much better quality shock, around the same price with forum discount.

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Have you ever considered JRIs instead? Much better quality shock, around the same price with forum discount.

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I've looked at JRI's ($812 and higher) and Ohlin S36E ($555) and S36DR1L's ($818). They seem quite impressive, but both are pretty expensive compared to the Progressive 944's which I can get for $520. So will the Progressives be good enough? Do they work well with the monotubes?

I don't have to have the very best shock, just something that will do well over with most of what I mentioned above. It seems that the Progressives are all about getting the sag set right. I'm 190 lbs, so I'm hoping that's not too light at the lowest setting, which was a few of the complaints about 944's I read on this forum. Appreciate any and all feedback.


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I've looked at JRI's ($812 and higher) and Ohlin S36E ($555) and S36DR1L's ($818). They seem quite impressive, but both are pretty expensive compared to the Progressive 944's which I can get for $520. So will the Progressives be good enough? Do they work well with the monotubes?

I don't have to have the very best shock, just something that will do well over with most of what I mentioned above. It seems that the Progressives are all about getting the sag set right. I'm 190 lbs, so I'm hoping that's not too light at the lowest setting, which was a few of the complaints about 944's I read on this forum. Appreciate any and all feedback.
Was that jri price befor or after forum rebate ?

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The price is the base JRI "A" model pricing I grabbed from motorcycle metal http://www.motorcyclemetal.com/gpage39.html.

I got the Ohlins prices from FuelMoto's website http://www.fuelmotousa.com/harley/ac...uspension.html.

My Progressive prices are right off of Amazon


, where the Amazon seller is PowerSport Superstore.

What discount is applied to JRI shocks, or what is the net cost to forum members?



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I had the 944's and found them to be pretty harsh, I think they are more of a race/canyon carver set up. I then rode a buddy's SG with Progressive 444's on it and I couldn't believe the difference!! I sold my 944's and bought the 444's and had money left over!!

Both sets had HD spring sets, I ride 2 up about 50% of the time and I wiegh 230, when we are 2 up the weight is 380. I ride solo with the shocks on the lowest setting and 2 up between the first and second setting.

I've also heard good things about the CVO gas shocks that Harley uses?

Another thing to remember about these "personalized" shocks is that you are limiting your market if you decide to ever sell them.

Your best bet is to try and find others with different set ups that will let you try theirs.

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That's the best advice will be great if can try different setup. Good luck finding options on ride test. Am running monotube and 940 bit tight but fits my riding needs most 2 up bags and trunk loads. Prefer tighter suspension.
Potholes may bottom out but rides through better thank stocks.
Spring rates can also be changed by Progressive.


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I run the 944 ultra's and am very happy with them! Yes they are a little stiff but it works for me since I like to be aggressive in turns. BTW, I ride 100% alone.

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I had the 944's and found them to be pretty harsh, I think they are more of a race/canyon carver set up. I then rode a buddy's SG with Progressive 444's on it and I couldn't believe the difference!! I sold my 944's and bought the 444's and had money left over!!



It's hard to figure out the difference between the 444 and the 944 based on Progressive's website. Both have hand adjustable pre-load, progressive rate main springs and the FST valving technology. Could be the rates applied to each. They say that the 944 is made specifically for touring bikes.


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I run the 944 ultra's and am very happy with them! Yes they are a little stiff but it works for me since I like to be aggressive in turns. BTW, I ride 100% alone.

I also like to ride aggressive in corners. I really like confidence inspired turns from a slightly lowered stance and progressively firmer rates in the springs. Firm I like, but there's a fine line between firm and harsh. I'm actually expecting handling through curves to be the biggest area of improvement, since the air shocks are rather poor in that department. Then I would hope that it could be reasonably soft for my wife on the back. Being too harsh is what concerns me the most. Having a hard time spending any more than $520 just for rear shocks.


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