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I just traded my Victory Crossroads in for my first Road Glide and my back is regretting it fiercly. Is anyone having a problem with the new 2017 coil suspension? I have adjusted the thing to almost every setting and it still rides like a log wagon. I had gotten pretty spoiled to riding comfortably all day and the farthest I've ridden this one is about 200 miles in one day. I'm hoping there's something wrong with the springs because if it's the norm...I'm in deep trouble. Let's say...riding isn't fun right now. Any help or advice is welcome.

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Hey Tracey. You'll notice that many of us have switched out factory shocks for aftermarket. SuperSohx and Ohlins seem to be the favored brands. When mixed with progressive monotube front suspension, the ride and handling are both much improved over stock. Do a search in the suspension section and you'll find all kinds of information.
 
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Which RG do You have? The '17 Special coils are the first stock HD rear shocks I have been able to tolerate in some time. Visual inspection of Your rear shocks shows everything looks ok, I'm assuming? Try riding a loaner from Your dealer and see how the ride compares- that will rule out any problems with Your bike anyway...
 

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That is my next step. I have about 600 miles on it and had it at the dealer the other day with 500 miles. One of the mechanics rode it and said he could feel the sharpness when it hit a bump. He thought it was because it was all brand new and stiff. I'm going to tinker with it for about 400 more miles and then when I get the initial 1000 mile oil change done, I'll test ride a different one to see if it's the same. I hope it is not or I let a magnicient bike go to ride a log wagon...
 

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08 Zinc...Thanks for the reply. If I have to, I will change it out. That makes absolutely no sense that I should have to with the kind of money I just spent. That sucker should ride like a cadillac. Spend $25,000.00 so I can spend $$$ to fix it... Not a great way to start my adventure with Harley...lol
 

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Hi Tracey; whenever I hear the line: «oh, it's all brand new and stiff» it's either someone lying through his teeth or one who doesn't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his a$$ (pardon my French). Unfortunately a lot of people think that a suspension needs a break-in like an engine. If the OEM doesn't work for you, buy some good aftermarket shocks like Öhlins or Progressive. It all depends on your riding style etc. The Öhlins are sport/performance shocks while Progessive have the 444 which are very comfortable with its FST-system.
If you are not comfortable with adjusting shocks have a tech (not the aforementioned dude...) help you out!

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08 Zinc...Thanks for the reply. If I have to, I will change it out. That makes absolutely no sense that I should have to with the kind of money I just spent. That sucker should ride like a cadillac. Spend $25,000.00 so I can spend $$$ to fix it... Not a great way to start my adventure with Harley...lol
Well, then for your wallet's sake, leave this forum now. 0:) This forum gets people to spend more money on their bikes than anywhere else I've been. Seriously, many of us have the same gripe that when you spend premium $$$ on a premium scoot, you should not feel the need to immediately upgrade the speakers, the windshields, the shocks, the lights..... (the list goes on and on) Yet the Road Glide speaks to many of us in a way that makes it seemingly worthwhile to spend stupid money on.
 

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How much do you weigh ? These big HD touring suspensions were designed for 250 pound riders. I'm assuming your not near that number, so your ride will be much harsher then a heavier person.
Aftermarket shocks may be your only answer. Call Howard at Motorcycle Metal , and he can custom build you a set of Ohlins for a fair price. IMHO, Stay away from Progressive shocks, if harshness is your beef.
 

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'Don't totally agree, in my experience, sometimes suspensions have to "settle in" , "break in" or whatever you want to call it...

'Could be that the OP is just acclimated to a totally different Bike and he needs to "settle in" to a different platform? Could be that something is not right, defective with his particular Bike? Could be that some more (fine) adjusting is necessary to find the sweet spot??

At least the Tech is listening to the Customer and didn't pull out the 'Ol Standard Reply,,, Wait,,, Wait for it,,, "THEY ALL DO THAT"

'Think the OP is on the right track,,, give the Bike & Rider some more miles,,, then remedy if need be... If issue persists, 'would go back to same Dealer / Tech...
 
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Hello folks,

I just traded my Victory Crossroads in for my first Road Glide and my back is regretting it fiercly. Is anyone having a problem with the new 2017 coil suspension? I have adjusted the thing to almost every setting and it still rides like a log wagon. I ,had gotten pretty spoiled to riding comfortably all day and the farthest I've ridden this one is about 200 miles in one day. I'm hoping there's something wrong with the springs because if it's the norm...I'm in deep trouble. Let's say...riding isn't fun right now. Any help or advice is welcome.

Tracey
Tracey, I understand, to a degree, what you're talking about. I have a '15 RG Special that I felt the exact same way about when I first bought it; (but I was coming off of a '78 wing that had a very nicely cushioned Saddleman king/queen and 37 yr. old shocks). Talked to an independent shop up the road about changing shocks and all that stuff, he told me b4 I do anything check out Astech Seats in Jonesboro, IN. and since it was a nice day ride from me I called them and made an appointment telling them that I wanted to ride my bike up, have them do the work, then ride it back home so that I would immediately know if it made a difference; it did. But it still wasn't great by any means. I finally got into my service manual and found the section on adjusting the shocks and after following the sequence they suggested, it was real good, not perfect, but good. I, like you, didn't think I should have to put new shocks on a new bike that cost that much $$. I test rode a '17 RGU and compared to my '15 after "getting things right", I thought the '17 rode like a dream. I hope everything works out for you because if you're like "most" others, after a little while you probably won't give your Glide up for anything. Sorry I got so wordy, but hope it helped. BTW: the seat rework cost me $300,(that's for front and rear), but it was well worth it.
Here's a youtube video of theirs for you to look at:(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMfREgU91Oc) and of course you can Google them. Good luck Tracey.
 

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So, with Your Special... the first thing to do would be check what the preload is set at... Do that and get back to us. The manual will help You out if You're not familiar with the procedure. The left saddlebag has to be at least partially removed.
 

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Thanks guys for all the input. I weigh 240 pounds so weight shouldn't be a problem...lol Money for something I want is not a problem. I was getting ready to spend some money and make the Vic scream but then they up and decided to make my bike worthless... So I took that money and went with the Road Glide. It's just a shame I'm going to have to modify the bike just to make it enjoyable to ride. I'm stuck with it now, so it is what it is. You guys take care and thanks again.
 

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It was preset at 10. I thought it was bottoming out so I went to 13. WRONG direction...lol Got out the book and there's a card in the back for quick reference. I have tried every setting on the darn thing and it still beats the crap out of me. Setting the shock is easy peasy... finding the sweet spot...not so much...lol
 

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Congrats. Welcome from Utah.
Finding the best preload setting for you can be time consuming. It took me about 2000 miles to find the right setting for me. Which was a lot lower setting than the owners manual recommended setting. I also changed my seat which also helped.
There are a lot of good posts about shocks, seats, windshields & more. One thing this forum does is help find parts to spend your money on to make it yours and be better than stock.
 

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I feel your pain. 25g plus and I had to change the suspension also, in addition to many other things. It is a shame that for this money more quality parts are not standard equipment. I guess if they were the parts catalog would be a lot smaller. But HD isn't dumb if you sell an upgrade people will buy it. The philosophy is put crap on the bike and people will give us more money to upgrade.
 

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Thanks guys for all the input. I weigh 240 pounds so weight shouldn't be a problem...lol Money for something I want is not a problem. I was getting ready to spend some money and make the Vic scream but then they up and decided to make my bike worthless... So I took that money and went with the Road Glide. It's just a shame I'm going to have to modify the bike just to make it enjoyable to ride. I'm stuck with it now, so it is what it is. You guys take care and thanks again.
I like your attitude Tracey; it is what it is! I said that a lot with this bike! But now that I have my "functional, comfort parts" in place I wouldn't think of parting w/ her. BTW: if you're looking to upgrade the windshield I highly recommend the Madstad. jmho Again, good luck.
 

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Thanks guys for all the input. I weigh 240 pounds so weight shouldn't be a problem...lol Money for something I want is not a problem. I was getting ready to spend some money and make the Vic scream but then they up and decided to make my bike worthless... So I took that money and went with the Road Glide. It's just a shame I'm going to have to modify the bike just to make it enjoyable to ride. I'm stuck with it now, so it is what it is. You guys take care and thanks again.
At your weight, you have several shock company choices. IMHO Ohlin's and SuperShox top the list. Good luck and make the bike yours, you won't regret it. :)
 

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It was preset at 10. I thought it was bottoming out so I went to 13. WRONG direction...lol Got out the book and there's a card in the back for quick reference. I have tried every setting on the darn thing and it still beats the crap out of me. Setting the shock is easy peasy... finding the sweet spot...not so much...lol
Sorry to hear that your rear shocks are not working for you.

I am very surprised since all of the threads I have read about Harley's new M8 2017 shocks were great; these new shocks were suppose to be fantastic. Suggest you take the bike into the dealer now, don't wait for your 1,000 mile check-up, and make the dealer replace the shocks under warranty. Do this before you go and spend more $$ on aftermarket shocks. 500 miles is enough to settle in your shocks.
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