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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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So , I just hit 6000 miles on my 2018 RGS. I noticed a dramatic changes in the ride . I went from being smooth to feeling every bump on the road regardless of speed . I brought it to the local harley dealership and was told they couldn’t find anything wrong with the bike and oh my aftermarket bars could effect the ride . I took it to another HD dealership who told me they couldn’t find anything wrong with the bike and that that’s the way harley suspensions are . They admitted to feeling the bumps . I asked them to replace the shocks and they said there is nothing wrong with them . They said my sissy bar can change the ride of the bike. I find it comical that harley I have a 30k bike that has a shitty ride and the techs acknowledge and won’t do anything about it except charge me 100 bucks . Looks as if I’ll be buying aftermarket shocks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 06:05 PM
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I hear ya harley puts alot of junk ass stuff on these 25 thousand $plus bikes.
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I hope you didn't pay the dealer $100 to look at a bike that's under warranty. I'm sure they are aware that the shocks are not awesome. If they swapped them out you would end up complaining about those at some point as well because they are simply not great shocks. The easy answer to your issue is to call it a day and invest in something nicer. The air shocks that came on my bike when new were junk from the day I picked it up from the dealer. The other thing to try is readjusting them and see if you can work with them. Just my $.02, good luck.

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So years ago I put Progressive 944 Series Touring shocks on my '05 FLTRI with 50k miles.......world of difference. Has over 117k miles on it now and the shocks haven't changed a bit. I also own a '12 FLTRU....rode it a stock for a year to preserve the warranty......once it was expired I put the Progressive 944 shocks on that ride also.........zero complaints.

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Get yourself some non HD rear shox, a million threads on here differnt makes and models. You will be amazed at how good the front is when you add some good rear shox.
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The second thing I did to my '19 RG was change the stock 12" POS stock shocks for some Ohlins 13" 159's....best $850 I ever spent.
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When I traded my 17 RGU in on the CVO I couldn't believe how bad the ride on the new bike was. It was like riding a brick. I knew I needed to adjust the shock but never had as bad a ride as the new bike.
I popped the side bag off, and there was not a single turn of pre-load on a brand new $45,000 bike! I dialed in a lot of turns and it is much better, but still bad compared to most bikes 1/2 the price.

On my '18 BMW GS, if my gf jumped on the back it would adjust the suspension automatically for the additional weight. I could still adjust the ride for the road conditions from the handle bars. Most $20K European bikes allow suspension adjustment from the handle bars. Except for cruiser style bikes, Japanese bikes offer the same. I think HD thinks their customers are too set in their old ways or too ignorant to ask for proper suspension. And their sales are declining. I wonder why?
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I just put progressive 944 hd on my 2017. big difference 12,000 miles oem was crap
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I popped the side bag off, and there was not a single turn of pre-load on a brand new $45,000 bike! I dialed in a lot of turns and it is much better, but still bad compared to most bikes 1/2 the price.
so zero turns on the shock adjustment would be for someone 200 lbs or less. would you have felt better if they had just set the ride for a 250 lb rider? some things are just left to the operator to set for their own preference.

and yes, the stock shocks are 'not the best'....

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so zero turns on the shock adjustment would be for someone 200 lbs or less. would you have felt better if they had just set the ride for a 250 lb rider? some things are just left to the operator to set for their own preference.

and yes, the stock shocks are 'not the best'....
I'm used to other brands of bikes where the dealer actually takes the time to make sure you are riding away on a properly set up bike. From what I have seen of HD dealers, they are nice people but surprisingly inept when it comes to explaining features and delivering a new bike. Even when I bought the new suspension from the dealer they acted like I was from Mars when I asked them to set the sag. And that's a whole nother story, part of which involves being told that they never do that because their customers never ask

Considering that the stock suspension absolutely sucks, you'd think the dealer would take 2 minutes to make it suck a little less and adjust it on a brand new bike.

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