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Progressive 416 Series Air Shocks. $320.00
by Steve Greatbanks Date Added: Wednesday 21 September, 2005
I live in Australia and ride a Goldwing GL1500, for those of you familiar with the bike you will know how sensitive they are to faults in the suspension and steering setup but I guess you have to expect this from a 400-kilogram bike. A few months ago I rode to Canberra (I live in Melbourne) about a 1500 Km away or 1000 miles in US money. I noticed that the handling was going off a little on the way up, which surprised me as I had new tyres and everything else had been recently checked. The problem was, that the back end was getting a little loose on tight bends so I thought, I must look into that when I get home!
On the return journey I got into the wash of a Semi and found myself in a tank slapper at about 75 mph. At that point I must say that it wasnt only that bikes back end that was loose! When I checked the suspension out I found that the original Honda air unit had collapsed and the full load was being thrown onto the spring shock (I never have figured out why they went for such a stupid configuration) warping the swing arm. I decided to fit Progressive 416 rear units as I was already pleased with the Progressive fork springs that Id fitted a couple of years back and after shopping around I found the best deal at Discount Motorcycle Parts. They took me about one and a half hours to fit and boy.! What a difference! They give a firm but smooth ride which prefer. Im not a fan of spongy suspension, as I like to ride fairly aggressively.
The bike has ceased acting like a demented pogo stick and can be thrown into tight bends now with total confidence that there are no unpleasant handling surprises lurking. I rode to Broken Hill (2000 kms of very varied terrain) last week towing my trailer and even when the trailer was being buffeted by thirty knot gusting side winds the bike held its line perfectly. The other problem that has been solved is going over harsh bumps used to be like being kicked up the rear with a steel capped boot, but the 416s have definitely solved that! I have been riding bikes for about 36 years now and Ive played with a lot of different kinds of suspension on various bikes and I can honestly say that these units are worth the money. If you have a GL1500 (or probably any other bike) throw the Honda shocks away any screw in some 416s. I think youll be very pleasantly surprised.
Ride safe. Cheers, Steve Greatbanks.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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