Original-looking 78 GL1000 shocks


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Original-looking 78 GL1000 shocks

Postby sevesteen » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:38 pm



My GL1000 needs new rear shocks. I want decent performance, although I don't think my needs are all that extreme, Wife and I are 425lbs total (with most of that me of course...) I don't need to lower the bike. I'd prefer original looking, but if there's a drastic price or performance difference, that's not a must. It appears that Progressive's 12 series has a combination close enough to original for me, but their website is awful, and I haven't figured out which springs are which. I'm less familiar with other brands, some appear to be closer in looks, but no idea about performance or longevity. Suggestions?



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Re: Original-looking 78 GL1000 shocks

Postby Placerville » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:17 pm

Go to:http://www.randakksblog.com/shocking-revelations/#more-1176 and look at Randakks comments regarding shocks. Ignore his comment regarding OEM shocks from Mr. Motorcycle and Marine. OEM shocks are are no longer available from Honda. Regarding your confusion over Progressives for your '78; the site seems straight forward. If you have a question, why not call them?
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sevesteen
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Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:18 pm
Location: Piqua, Ohio
Motorcycle: 1978 Honda GL1000
1982 Yamaha XJ750 Seca
1976 Honda CL360 (CL180 until I get it fixed)
1978 Kawasaki KZ750 Twin
1982 Honda C70 Passport (Wife's)
1987 Suzuki LS 650 Savage (Wife's)

Re: Original-looking 78 GL1000 shocks

Postby sevesteen » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:47 pm

Placerville wrote:Go to:http://www.randakksblog.com/shocking-revelations/#more-1176 and look at Randakks comments regarding shocks. Ignore his comment regarding OEM shocks from Mr. Motorcycle and Marine. OEM shocks are are no longer available from Honda. Regarding your confusion over Progressives for your '78; the site seems straight forward. If you have a question, why not call them?


I did contact them, found that the shroud on the springs listed as fitting my bike is removeable. Nonetheless, it is difficult to pull any useful information out of the site beyond "this fits your bike". I couldn't find anything that said why one choice over the other, couldn't find any information on the available springs, what's the difference between a 12 series set and a 412 (it did say they use the same shock), if I get a 12 series set will I have to assemble it or will it come with the springs installed on the shock. It almost appears that they are deliberately avoiding giving technical information directly to consumers, and want us to consult with a dealer.


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