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.
You would be amazed if you demo a RGU with suspension upgrades that match your riding weight.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.
I didn't see my post as arguing with yours, as I agree that properly tuned aftermarket suspension is going to be better than stock suspension, especially on a HD. But the OP asked for cons, and there are cons as well, contrary to what some people might think. I had a Penske shock built for my GSXR race bike, and it sucked. And like I said, the OP might want to check the maintenance intervals if he's thinking of going Ohlins.You would be amazed if you demo a RGU with suspension upgrades that match your riding weight.
You did read in my post that I said "almost" every motorcycle. :wink:
As far as high end sport bikes that is true if you are within the weight range of the suspension. Some guys are too light and some too heavy and benefit by a change. and in the end you agreed with me because he did pick up almost 1/2 a second which can mean win or lose if all else is equal.
Electronically adjustable on the fly would definitely be nice. My Triumph Trophy SE had that. See a good set of curves up ahead hit sport mode. Cruise down a less than stellar road, hit comfort mode.
Could not say it any better, and I did the same thing. 13" Ohlins HD 159s from Smarty on this forum. Best $ you will spend on your RGS.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.