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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2014, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Legend Revo-A Review

Well, as I promised last week that I would write a review when I got the Legend Revo-A shocks installed. I got the Revo's on the advice of my mechanic friend who said his [email protected]$g Specialties Rep road up to Sturgis on Progressive 944's and rode back with the Revo's. He told my friend he thought the Revo's were more comfortable, so I decided to try them.

The Legend Revo-A shocks installed easily, and looked good right out of the box. After installation, I set the sag, and off I went to test them. 1st test run yielded pretty bad results. Cranked down on the spring to try a different pre-load, and adjusted the rebound, and off I went to for the 2nd test run.

AHHHH! the 2nd run yielded much better results. -A thousand times better. Now I'm just fine tuning, and I think I'm very close to having them dialed in. I would recommend these shocks. They ride quite comfortably without being too stiff, but stiff enough to keep the bike tracking "true" in big sweeping high speed (80+mph) curves. I will also add, that these shocks are a very nice compliment to the "Gold Valve cartridge emulators" that I dropped in the front forks.

The Revo's stiffen up the rear end, and with the front being upgraded, the bike just feels solid. If you haven't done away with the mushy non-re-bounding stock rear shocks, I would recommend doing so, and replacing them with a set of these. They were priced competitively at around $700.00. I am very happy with these, and do not plan on changing them out. I hope this review helps everyone make an educated decision.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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I just read some other posts about other shocks. There are members who seem quite headstrong about their JRI's or Ohlins'. I'm not going to debate which shock is better, but all I wanted to do is let some members know that there are products out there that you don't have to spend a fortune on to get good results. I meant what I said earlier. I do LIKE these shocks a lot, and I feel they will work for me and my riding style. I would also like to add that I added these to a Road Glide Ultra, so it is pretty loaded down, and they are comfortable.

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Sure, some members are going to be headstrong about what they are running. They spent big $$$$ for them. What oil are you running in them? LMAO!!! Good write up.


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Thank you, Hillglide. I have been surprised that you are the only one to comment after a fair number of looks at this post. I would have thought there would have been more comments or questions.

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Just an update on the Revo-A's I had been fine tuning them yesterday, and went for a 30 mile ride to work today. I have to tell you that these shocks are nice. No bottoming out, re-bound is adjusted correctly, along with the preload, and now smooth as glass. I would buy these again. I believe they are a genuinely good product.

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Thanks for the write up. I actual was able to pick up a set of these from my dealer (someone ordered them and they ended up not fitting), they are letting me try them out before i buy. Write now i have a set of the progressive 944s on the bike (demo set from the dealer) they are nice but i find them to be a bit stiff.

i beleive the set i have are just the plain revos. do you know what the difference between the revo and revo-a are? also i see that the sag is set by twisting the main sping, how are you adjusting the dampining?

when i get a chance i am going to put the revos on the bike and give them a whirl...
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The REVO-A's have a dial on the end to adjust the rebound. Unfortunately the REVO's do NOt. However, I would like to hear of what you think of the REVO's. These are supposed to be a good run against the progressives.

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Revo-A Shocks......just right for me.

I just picked up a pair of the REVO-A shocks as well for my 2011 RG Custom. First off, when it comes to customer service and QUICK replies or service in general...I have to say that Legend has got to have the BEST customer service team and lack of red tape I have ever had the privledge to work with. They not only went out of there way to make sure I had the right product but did it quickly! I wish more places were like that.

About the shocks: Just as some have already said, installation was nuts and bolts easy...literally. And adjusting them was even easier. I recommend leaving the bags off while you do your test rides so you're able to adjust them easily every time you pull over. Its an easy twist of the shock (making sure you turn both equally and in the same direction....just saying) to adjust the stiffness or lack there of right there on the spot. No more pumps or special wrenches needed.

I also recommend going to the extreme on the rebound setting if you have them. Start with 1 and go over the same bumps. Then go to 6 and do the same. If you have any question regarding which number does what, you'll know then. My guess is that most riders fall somewhere between 2 and 4 on that setting. 1 gives too much bounce like on a boat and 6 makes you hold on for your dear life .

Regarding setting the spring sag and tension, I preferred mine closer to a 1/2 to 3/4 inch sag for a slightly stiffer ride (but still much smother than the stock air ride) which kept the bike from bottoming out and hitting the rubber stopper which is never a good thing as higher speeds.

Bottom line, these shocks aren't super cheap, but I feel they're definately worth the money. Sure, there's always cheaper stuff out there, and that's fine if that's what you want. As long as you're riding safely and comfortable enough for you, cool....two to the wind is all I have to say to you. But for an outstanding ride that allows you several easy ways to pin point and adjust your sweet spot, these are the shocks for me.

Again, easy to install, easy to adjust (even by yourself) and have given me the best ride comfort (solo or two up) and an amazing feel of the road and handling. Best ride I've had yet, and I expect them to continue to get better the more I adjust them as they break in.
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+1 on these shocks. 3/4" sag and 2 on rebound for 1-up, 4 more turns and 4 on rebound for 2-up...the ride is fantastic, especially on crap pavement, and the bike is very stable and planted in high speed turns. Comparatively speaking (for ME -not everyone else!) the 940s I ran for the last 3 years were a waste of money.

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Does anyone know how much lower the 13" version sits once sag is set properly? I am looking to keep the rear as high as possible and if they sit at 12" like the progressive will be too short for me. These are priced about the same as Ohlins.

It seems for that kind of cost Ohlins would make more sense to me.

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