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post #1 of 7 Old 03-30-2008, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Progressive rear shock

Hi Guys, I'm 6'1", 215lbs, I road ride with my 130lbs(don't tell I told you) wife on the back, do I need to get a progressive rear shock? I've got a 2007 with no issues. Next, if I get the 1" shorter shock will my side stand and center stand be as functional or will they need to be altered/replaced? Thanks ahead of time for your replies. Rick

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-30-2008, 09:59 PM
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I have the Progressive shock (standard) and I wouldn't recommend it.. It's very harsh and oversprung, and I weigh 250 and usually ride with the bike loaded.

In reality, the stock shock is pretty good, if you crank the pre-load up to what you need..

If you decide to go with an aftermarket shock, go with a Works Performance shock and have them build it for what you need. There's other aftermarket shocks out there also, and they're all good, but I'd avoid the Progressive.. It's not bad, but it's not great, either..
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Rick, I am still more than you and your wife combined and have not had a problem with the rear shock..I did put progressive in the front tho to stop the front end dive and improve on road feel in the curves..

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I did put progressive in the front tho to stop the front end dive and improve on road feel in the curves..

Absolutely!! While I'm not happy with my choice of rear shock, Progressive front springs are one of the best mods one can make on most bikes.
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Great! What am I going to do with the money I would have used on that rear shock!!!!! Thanks for your input, I did do the frt progressive springs and a gel seat over the winter. I'm going to hang in there with my stock rear shock for now. Rick

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post #6 of 7 Old 03-31-2008, 05:49 PM
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hmmmm extra money? Do the doo if you haven't, subframe upgrade almost mandatory if you and your wife will be riding together, some luggage, crash bar with pegs?...oh the list could go on and on........LOL....Have fun with it

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-06-2008, 02:29 PM
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An alternative to the Works Performance rear shock is the Cogent Moab. Works very well.
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