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Shocks 12" or 13"?

Yesterday I had the chance to ride my wife's 2003 lowrider with stock shocks at 62,000 miles, and was absolutely stunned at how much better the ride was than my 2017 RGS. So right now I'm trying to decide if I want to invest in new shocks (the Progressive 444's look good to me, as do the Legend Revo's). Each company offers choices of different lengths for my bike. Do I stay with stock 12"? I'm about 200 lbs and ride solo most of the time. Any suggestions are welcome. I've never purchased aftermarket shocks before. Thanks.
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My wife having had a broken tail bone from a fall on the ice a few years back has always complained about bumps when we ride, almost to the point where she didnít want to ride. After much research on suspension I decided on Legand Revoís.
Went with the 13 inch on the recommended advice from all the posts I read. More travel in the 13 inch shock than the 12 inch.
Now me being a little vertically challenged I was a little worried about the extra inch. After I got the proper sag all set I donít notice anything different in height.
I just installed these a few weeks back, wish I had done this years ago. Huge difference I the ride. The wife couldnít believe how it felt on the bumps. I canít compare these to any other shock. This is the first time changing them to something other than stock, but like I said , wish I would have done it along time ago. Money well spent. Good luck in your decision.
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Whatever brand you decide to go with compare the stroke of the shock. The longer the stroke the better its ability to absorb larger bumps.

Properly valved and tuned for your bike and passenger weight will keep the tire in contact with the road for a safer ride.

Ask the different vendors what the stroke length is.

If I could do it over again I would go for the longest stroke shock I could for my bike and then add the blocks that lower it an inch as long as the shock hits the stops before the tire hits something inside the fender.

The 13" Ohlins are great, but I still stick to the smoothest roads I can find or slow way down if I find myself on a farm road.
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I have a set of 444's 11.5" shocks on the shelf in the garage. Liked the ride when dialed in but the sweet spot was to small for my liking. I now have oem 13" air on the bike and realize I can do better. Depends what your after. The shorter shocks give the bike a nice stance and I'm sure some will give a better ride than even oem 13". But you sacrifice travel length and some lean angle. I think a taller shock from a reputable manufacturer will suit you better in the long run for ride comfort.
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Yesterday I had the chance to ride my wife's 2003 lowrider with stock shocks at 62,000 miles, and was absolutely stunned at how much better the ride was than my 2017 RGS. So right now I'm trying to decide if I want to invest in new shocks (the Progressive 444's look good to me, as do the Legend Revo's). Each company offers choices of different lengths for my bike. Do I stay with stock 12"? I'm about 200 lbs and ride solo most of the time. Any suggestions are welcome. I've never purchased aftermarket shocks before. Thanks.
How does your wife's bike feel when leaned over and transitioning from one turn to another? At 62,000 miles I would suspect that her shocks don't function as well as new ones.

I am no shock expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express and do a lot of reading. Do your own research to verify what I am posting.

Remember that the shock absorber's main purpose is to keep your tires in contact with the road surface to provide the best traction possible. The byproduct of that is giving you a smoother ride.

Rolling down an interstate or highway doesn't require the shock to rebound as fast as when you are riding the twisties so you can soften it up for a more comfortable ride if you have the stroke length to keep from bottoming out. Then, when you get to the twisties you adjust the rebound to be more responsive and keep the tire in contact with the road.
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My wife having had a broken tail bone from a fall on the ice a few years back has always complained about bumps when we ride, almost to the point where she didnít want to ride. After much research on suspension I decided on Legand Revoís.
Went with the 13 inch on the recommended advice from all the posts I read. More travel in the 13 inch shock than the 12 inch.
Now me being a little vertically challenged I was a little worried about the extra inch. After I got the proper sag all set I donít notice anything different in height.
I just installed these a few weeks back, wish I had done this years ago. Huge difference I the ride. The wife couldnít believe how it felt on the bumps. I canít compare these to any other shock. This is the first time changing them to something other than stock, but like I said , wish I would have done it along time ago. Money well spent. Good luck in your decision.
Chowman, that's a good endorsement to me. I'd like to keep the tailbone as far away from the base of my skull as possible. 13" sounds like the way to go. I also see that Smarty is well respected on the forum for Ohlins. I'd like to keep the cost of the new shocks sort of tolerable, but I realize that trying to save a few bucks sometimes leaves you wanting.
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I went with 12 inch Ohlins 772 perfect shocks for me.
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I tried both the 13" and 12" Legend Revo-A's and ended up with the 12"s. I liked everything about them a little better.
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BigBlockBobby, I saw your post from earlier this year re: the question of 12" or 13". That addresses much of my concerns. I'm hoping I can find something that works for less than $1000. After looking at reviews and opinions, I'm thinking the 12" Progressive 430's might fill the bill (the price is more tolerable) or the Legend Revo's.
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