Center stand dragging in turns


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PalmBayChuck
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Center stand dragging in turns

Postby PalmBayChuck » Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:10 am



I just purchased an 82 Interstate and suspect that I have a rear suspension problem. With just myself on the bike (250 Lbs), I'm finding that my center stand hits during moderate turning. When I put one of my kids on the bike, the problem gets much worse. I'm putting 60 Lbs of pressure in my rear air shock, but honestly, when I add or remove air, I'm not really feeling anything.

This indicates that my bike is riding low, right?

Does this mean I need new rear shocks? I've found a place onlines for the Progressive 314's that everyone talks about for about $300.00 for a pair, so I'm guessing this is my next upgrade!



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Re: Center stand dragging in turns

Postby Jeeper » Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:43 am

I'm about 220 and my girlfriend is 120, with both of us on the bike I never drag anything during turns with my 83 Aspy. I've had it bottom out on a couple bumps but thats it. I suspect your shocks are gone.

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Re: Center stand dragging in turns

Postby PalmBayChuck » Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:49 am

Oh no! Someone stole my shocks! Kidding. It's been sitting in another fellows garage for years. I'm surprised that the springs are compensating. I had a 80 Silverwing a few years back with blown seals (reminds me of a bad joke) and it rode okay on the springs.

Darn, wish I had more money :)

My wife is clamoring for me to take her on a ride and I have to tell her that I can't because she's too heavy. That's going over well in our house!

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Re: Center stand dragging in turns

Postby Jeeper » Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:55 pm

Seems suspicious that you're able to put 60lbs of pressure into the shocks. If the seals were blown (yes, I know that joke) you would think they wouldn't hold pressure. With mine I can definitely feel and see it when I change the pressure in the shocks. I wonder if you've got a plugged air line or something, so you're putting 60lbs into the line but its not getting to the shocks. Something to look at.

Is your center stand up against the frame? Perhaps that has a weak spring allowing it to hang lower than it should.

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Re: Center stand dragging in turns

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:45 pm

Even with 0 psi in the shocks, you should not be dragging your center stand. So yes, I'd say it's time to start shopping for some Progressives. I put a pair of 416's in mine, and they are fantastic:

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