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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-13-2018, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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Pros and cons of upgrading front and rear suspension

I have a 2018 RGS and am looking for opinions on whether or not upgrading the front and rear suspension is worth the money? what benefits do you gain from the upgrade? and info would be great thanks.
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First. THERE ARE NO CONS!

This is the first mod you should do on almost every motorcycle made today.

I put Ohlins 13 inch rear shocks with rebound adjustment within the first 60 miles of riding the '18 Road Glide Special. What I gained is a shock specifically set up for my weight and riding style. A shock that keeps the rear wheel planted on the road while at the same time keeps my back from being jolted by an imperfection in the road.

I am still on the fence regarding changing out the front end on this new bike because I feel like the '18 front suspension does a decent job.

Take a look at the OEM rear suspension on your bike. One side is a shock absorber, while the other side is just a spring on a shaft to keep it straight.


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I haven't done so yet, but is in the plans. Looking at going with Super Show in rear.

Pros: much better ride and allows you to ride even longer. So what more do you need?

Cons: cost you money.

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Next to a better seat this is the best upgrade I have done. Not only is the ride firm and compliant, the handling is night and day better. I have super shox in the rear and Legend in the front. There are no cons only pros to this upgrade. The best $1,200 to $1,500, you can spend on your bike. Chase torque after you have made the bike ride and handle like a dream.
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If you plan on putting miles on the bike then a suspension upgrade is a must!! I have Ohlins front and rear and have no regrets... There are cheaper options out there I just felt that Ohlins has been in the game a long time and was the best product for me..


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Pros: - Better Ride Quality, Better Handling, More Predictable in certain circumstances (oh shit moments)
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Like others have said, good suspension makes a big difference in the ride, handling, and braking.
My experience with custom suspension is that most "experts" selling it don't have a clue how to set it up, regardless of what they say. Another con would be to look at the service interval of Ohlins, if that is the route you want to go.
My 17 RGU has pretty decent suspension, especially when the shock is set to the factory recommended setting.

As to every new bike benefiting from new suspension, I'd argue that one. New sport bikes have great suspension. It's getting it dialed in (just like custom suspension) that's the tricky part. A good friend of mine was getting podiums in expert class races regularly on a Yamaha with stock suspension, adjusted by Dave Moss. I'm sure it frustrated the heck out of one of the other guys I know who had $14K forks and a very expensive shock. As a matter of fact, when the guy added those $14K forks, he picked up less than 1/2 second.
As to every new HD benefiting from it, that would be hard to argue, since HD doesn't give us much to work with. No adjustable forks, and very limited shocks. Pretty much one size fits all.

One other thing. Even the best suspension typically has limits. Set it up for a smooth ride at normal speeds might compromise high speed comfort/handling, and vice versa.

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No cons in this upgrade. It’s a fact that the best bang for your buck in terms of upgrades go is in your rear suspension. Upgrades to the front will also offer better ride and handling characteristics but in the rear the differences is night and day.
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A good aftermarket front suspension will reduce or eliminate the front wheel diving when braking. When combined with a good rear suspension, you will get a more comfortable ride and more controlled handling. I went from riding 45 minutes before butt burn to draining a tank with the change. So much better that you will complain that Harley should have done a much better job with suspension to begin with.
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I'm running Ohlins remote resovour rear shocks and Ohlins 30mm fully adjustable cartridges in my forks. Cons= $$ Pros- greatly improved traction which could save your life, smoother ride , more predictable handling, the bike absolutely goes and stays where I point it


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