Stock Air Shocks - Road Glide Forums
Suspensions Discuss all you Suspension needs and wants here!
Sponsored by: JRI Shocks

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cleveland, TX
Posts: 10
Stock Air Shocks

Is it just me, or are the stock air shocks just rough? I rode an '03 Ultra for 115K and had a smooth ride. I am being slammed and am having a rough ride on my new to me '09 RG CVO. I have adjusted the air pressure in the shocks from 8lbs up to 15 lbs. I ride solo most of the time and I weight 183 lbs.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
swalters is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 04:42 PM
Life Member
 
rlaf75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: East Hartford CT
Posts: 7,194
If im not mistaken i believe the owners manual says to run 20 to 30psi for solo riding depending on weight. Im 300lbs and keep it closer to 30 and have no problems even when my gfriends on the back. If you have a manual handy take a peek at it cuz it sounds like you may be bottoming out alil and will have to bump the pressure up alil. If you have the HD hand pump you can take it with you and adjust accordingly.

09 Mirage Orange Pearl

Some people just need a high-five. In the head. With a chair
rlaf75 is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 05:12 PM
Hangaround
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oklahoma City, Ok
Posts: 93
Was a bit trial and error for me. I weigh more than you but usually keep it around 25 - 30 riding solo.
kbrown82 is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 05:18 PM
Life Member
 
Road dawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 2,222
I just hated them ! always screwing around with psi .thats why yesterday installed my new progressives,tired of messing around no more hassle. Just my 5 cents sorry.
Road dawg is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 05:54 PM
Life Member
 
jimmyray11349's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
Posts: 2,608
i run 40 psi all the time, solo or 2 up. me 235 lb, wife 170. no complaints.

2010 FLTRX Vivid Black.ABS-Security-Cruise
SE Pro Super Tuner, D&D Fat Cat 2-1 S&S 510 Cams

87hp 101tq
Contrast Chrome Agitators 19/18
Baggershield
Harley Hammock-Adj.Back Rest
King Tour Pac-Air Wing Rack(black)-Smoked LED-4 Pt.Dock-Black Latches & Hinges
Custom Dynamics LED's & Plazma Rods smoked front & rear with Magic Strobe
J&M 250w Fairing + Lower Rokkers
Saddlebag Bra
Hidden Multi-Color LEDs
Jagg Fan Assisted Oil Cooler
Kuryakyn Passenger detach. ArmRest & adj. pegs

jimmyray11349 is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 07:37 PM
Hangaround
 
texas glide's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Richmond Texas
Posts: 113
I have settled on 34 lbs ride solo 90% of the time and tip the scales at 210. A pot hole is still hard on the suspension but until I upgrade to something better 34 lbs works for me. Sending my seat to MCC next month hoping that will help the ride also.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
[SIGPIC]2011 FLTRX Vivid Black
103" V&H Power Duals Slash Cut Rounds Ness Big Sucker2 PV WO 515
texas glide is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 07:41 PM
Life Member
 
Shrug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Wills Point, Texas
Posts: 2,218
Garage
I ran mine for 30,000 miles on some interesting terrain. I recently installed Ohlins 3-4 shocks. They're nowhere near broken in yet but holy $shit the ride is dramatically better. I'm kicking myself for wasting so many miles and hours on the stock air shocks.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Shrug - Scott Wilson
2010 FLTRX "Hester 2.0" -
Blue Knights Texas Chapter XLVI
Shrug is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 07:14 PM
Hangaround
 
Martin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: So. Cal native currently in the Battle Born State of Nevada
Posts: 123
Rode mine for about 1000 miles, settled on somewhere near the 45 mark and it still was not right. Talked to Howard at Motorcycle Metal and got me a set of Ohlins. Put 14,000 on the bike since and will never look back. I love the Ohlins!

http://motorcyclemetal.com/

2011 FLTRX Vivid Black

Veritas et Aequitas
Martin is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 07:24 PM
Life Member
 
rlaf75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: East Hartford CT
Posts: 7,194
Its definately gonna be a trial by fire with the PSI adjustment.

09 Mirage Orange Pearl

Some people just need a high-five. In the head. With a chair
rlaf75 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 10:51 AM
Member
 
Xaran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: So Cal High Desert
Posts: 614
I ran mine for about 4,000 miles. found the only way to get them to run not topped out all the time was with about 8 psi. I also changed out the oil in them before I replaced them and that helped out some.

The problem with them is they do not allow proper suspension set up, its almost impossible to adjust any sag into the shock, and with only 2" of travel if you allow sag you dont have much left, so any thing that requires the wheel to drop into (pot holes, off speed bumps, small ledges) the whole bike drops into instead of the wheel dropping into it and the bike riding over the bump. The 12" shocks only have about 2" of travel , the 13" have about 2 1/2 (and that is why a lot of riders comment on the Ultra being smoother that the Custom) , and the dampening is slow / poor( can be slightly improved by oil change).

The good thing about then is their load carrying ability (like all air systems, thats why they are used in trucks and trains), more load add more air.

If your a solo rider under 250lbs and using more than 15 -20 psi the ride your getting may be smoother to you because you are not bottoming out, but you also dont have much suspension action (travel) going.

IMO the stock HD touring bikes are very comfortable and handle well and most people will never want or really need a different shock until they have ridden the same model bike with a better shock on it and then realize the difference that is available in both comfort and handling

Xaran
2011 FLTRX, 103 Power Pak, Stage 1 with Power Vision and V & H Power Duals, SE A/C, Cee Bailey TRSSC 15", Progressive 940 rear,Mono Tubes Front, C & C Fastback Seat and some extras in black here and there

Previous HDs
2005 Annv FLSTFI, Stage II 95 kit, lowered 2" - SOLD
2004 Road King Custom - SOLD
2004 Sportster 1200 r, Stage 1 - SOLD

Last edited by Xaran; 01-31-2012 at 10:54 AM.
Xaran is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Road Glide Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Police seat air supply from air shocks? Eshaw301 Seating: seats, backrests 4 07-01-2012 06:25 PM
Stock RGU Air Shocks not holding b104396 Troubleshooting for Road Glides 3 07-27-2011 11:04 AM
2010 FLTRX stock seat and air shocks for sale Too Short Classifieds Archive (3 months old+) 17 02-21-2011 10:30 AM
Leaking air shocks - New Works Shocks RoadGlide5150 Equipment-RG 0 10-29-2010 04:04 PM
Done with the stock air shocks connector Aftermarket Accessories 0 05-23-2010 09:37 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome