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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Unread 08-12-2019, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Touring Suspension. Do I need to change anything?

I recently purchased a new 2019 RoadGlide Special and intend to ride coast to coast next year through the summer. I'm not sure if I need this but some have suggested changing out my suspension for long punishing rides. I'm 6' and 200lbs, in athletic shape. I intend on changing my seat and will have a backrest for myself, but I wanted to hear from those of you have taken their sharks on some long tours, should I change the Suspension? If so, what would you recommend?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Unread 08-12-2019, 08:04 PM
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YOU need to decide that after some longish rides. Definitely better suspensions available - but itís all between your backside & your wallet. Plenty do it with standard equipment & lots of folks decide to upgrade. Not intending a non-answer but it really depends on how well you hold up with your current setup.

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I upgraded my fronts to Progressive monotubes and left the Premium Adjustables on the back. I had no issue with the rears. When I chromed my front I did the monotubes and lowered it an inch. Huge difference in handling.


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Short answer is yes. I'm under the impression that HD reduced shock travel to lower the seat height...Tons of threads on here, but Ohlin's and Legends are probably the top two mentioned for rear suspension. On a related note, I'm 6'2 and some floorboard relocation brackets is money well spent!
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I'm really happy with my Legend Revo-A's. You will want to throw rocks at the stock setup after you ride a bike with good suspension.


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I have a 2017 RGS with about 11,000 miles on it. I weigh in at about 200 lbs. When I first bought it, I was fine with the rear shocks, even with some week-long rides, but this season it became punishing to ride. I don't know if the original shocks deteriorated over that short time or if it's because my spine has less cushioning. At any rate, after reading a bunch of reviews and looking at prices, I installed the Progressive 430's. New shocks made a significant improvement and are a great upgrade in my opinion. I really like riding the bike again. Good luck with yours.
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My recommendation is to get out and ride. If you have ever ridden better suspended bikes you will know very soon how bad the rear shocks are on the specials. I lasted 60 miles before ordering new rear shocks in 13" length.

If I were touring I would get 14" length with the offset block to keep the seat height about the same but provide more travel.
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My recommendation is to get out and ride. If you have ever ridden better suspended bikes you will know very soon how bad the rear shocks are on the specials. I lasted 60 miles before ordering new rear shocks in 13" length.



If I were touring I would get 14" length with the offset block to keep the seat height about the same but provide more travel.
I agree. I've had progressives on prior bikes. Forks and shocks. I was hoping I didn't have to go that route with a touring. No such luck. It's such an important factor in the ride. Why Harley can't or won't get better upgrades is just dumb imo
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For me upgrading the shocks on a touring bike isn’t as much about comfort as it is about handling. IMO a good seat upgrade and back support does more for ride comfort than shocks but, nothing will make your butt pucker more than a rear wheel hop when you hit a bump in the road at 80mph in a curve. Or loosing handlebar control while simultaneously swerving and braking hard to avoid collision. For me it’s about stability and upgrading to a quality pair of well tuned shocks helps to keep your bike planted and alleviate some of those butt puckering moments.

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Put some miles on it with varying road conditions first, then make a move or not. good luck, glide-on


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