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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-20-2019, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Upgrading my 19 RGS rears/fronts - or not?

I’m still in the “newbie” stage, recently got a 2019 RGS (my 2nd bike) and looking for opinions on whether or not upgrading the front and/or rear suspension is worth the money? Would love to know what benefits I’ll gain from the upgrade? Thanks to all in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences!
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I’m still in the “newbie” stage, recently got a 2019 RGS (my 2nd bike) and looking for opinions on whether or not upgrading the front and/or rear suspension is worth the money? Would love to know what benefits I’ll gain from the upgrade? Thanks to all in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences!
Definitely worth the money. I went from hating mine to having a fun bike. You going to spend about 2000 bucks for quality parts.
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Thanks Junker! May I ask what brand/mfg you went with?
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I don’t know if the stock suspension on a 19 RG is much different than those on the 15’s but, I will say that the suspension up grade I did on my 15 was the best improvement and money spent of all the upgrades done on my bike. And like most of us, I’ve made a lot of changes and have done a lot of upgrades on my bike. I went with Ohlin front and rear. The ride improved tremendously but, the way the bike handled was the biggest plus for me.
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The 17,18 and 19 front suspension is different from the factory than in the previous years. If you change the rears, you might be surprised how good the front becomes. I have Super Shox in the rear that has performed very well, there are many more options as well that people all speak highly of on this forum. .

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Where i live we have really good roads so the stock ride on my 15 is fine actually. The bike handles phenomenally with the stock shocks. With that being said it doesn't ride good where you ride a dirt bike ie rough conditions. My Hammock seat was a huge ride upgrade. It really depends under what conditions you ride on as to make a decision to spend 2k on shocks. If you have bad roads where you live then go all in on the best you can afford
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+1 on madmat’s advice. Put any quality coil over or air shock on the rear and I think you will be satisfied with the factory fronts.
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I donÂ’t know if the stock suspension on a 19 RG is much different than those on the 15Â’s but, I will say that the suspension up grade I did on my 15 was the best improvement and money spent of all the upgrades done on my bike. And like most of us, IÂ’ve made a lot of changes and have done a lot of upgrades on my bike. I went with Ohlin front and rear. The ride improved tremendously but, the way the bike handled was the biggest plus for me.
15 RG here upgraded to front and rear Ohlins. Great investment

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After 1500 miles I upgraded to Ohlin 772 shocks....really makes a difference in how my '18 RG corners as well as smoothing out hwy expansion joints.
H-D cheeped out on the "premium shocks", the left side with the preload adjustment is a shock, the right side is just a spring. There is no damping! The Ohlins (or any decent pair of shocks) will really improve your ride.

Now (16,000 miles) saving pennies to get fork cartridge upgrade.


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after about 7500 miles my rear suspension started feelin shaky in the corners.

my back (L5) was really taking a beating when i hit potholes or dips in the road.

upgraded to 13" Öhlins and my back is really thanking me for it.

it's a shame that these bikes are more "show" than rider comfort.
off the faktry assembly line they look "cool" but that doesn't help your back.
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