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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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How does air ride handle?

I am interested in air ride. Something like Dirty Air. I was thinking about doing front and rear I love the way it looks with the air let out. My question is how does it handle compared to stock? I enjoy riding in the mountains and don't want to lose the ability to enjoy myself. Also, how is the load carrying capacity. Myself and my wife and clothes for a weekend are around 500 pounds.


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I had the dirty air shocks until I tried to ride me and the wife and some gear. It would not hold about 400 pounds without bottoming out. Fine with me by myself.
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If you want it for looks, as in dropping it down low when you park, or roll through the drive in on Saturday night, then air is the way to go.

But if you ride hard, then you'll do a lot better with a good set of coil over shocks.

Need to adjust for loads, get a set that are easy to alter the spring load. Progressive has several.


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Yeah I assumed that would be the case. I do want to lower it when parked but I ride pretty dang hard (as much as you can on a harley lol) So I can assume I have to choose between performance or looks.


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Yeah I assumed that would be the case. I do want to lower it when parked but I ride pretty dang hard (as much as you can on a harley lol) So I can assume I have to choose between performance or looks.


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Form or function. It's been messing with Harley riders since the first custom chopper hit the streets.


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Thaaats right!


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I ride hard, I'm fine with just me. Last night took a ride and my wife said it was a little rough for her than last time. I'm assuming it was due to having the tourpack to far back and it made her sit differently.

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So your saying it's fine? When you stop does it tend to rise up? Or do you ride with it all the way up?


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Yeah I assumed that would be the case. I do want to lower it when parked but I ride pretty dang hard (as much as you can on a harley lol) So I can assume I have to choose between performance or looks.


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Only to an extent. I also ride sport bikes and really that is just to give you an idea of how I ride...yes even my roadglide. Here's my view on it. I tried the DIY thing. It wasn't so much the pain in the ass of getting the right pressure to ride well that pushed me away from it as it was the safety factor. I had a line come off in town and it dropped to the deck QUICK. If you ride aggressively you will not want something like that happening mid corner when you're already on the edge. It'll ruin your whole year. Maybe even your life. Personally I use Proggressive 944 on a custom lowering block to bring me down but still have suspension. Rides better than a stock Harley and sits pretty damn low. if you want low you have to give up a little but it's more than rideable.
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I have the monroe diy air ride set up on my bike and I ride my rg hard when I'm with my buddies and it's completely fine. And yes some of those times are with my girlfriend on the back. I'm 330 lbs and she's about 118lbs. We've never had an issue in the twisties. And to really shock everyone.... I put a car tire on the back of my rg too. Still no issues in the twisties.

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