Progressive rear shocks


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smullin
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:24 pm
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100I Interstate

Progressive rear shocks

Postby smullin » Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:15 pm



Could use a little help here...
I installed new Progressive 416's on my 1987 Goldwing Aspencade.
(Used the 14.25" length...man does the bike sit high now. Centerstand is a breeze...and I need longer legs!)
When using my onboard air compressor, how accurate is my dash readout going to be now?
Are the "bars" actually indicating true air pressure based on the chart in the manual?
I am afraid of pumping things up too high and not really knowing it.
Any suggestions on where to run the pressure for solo riding? (I weigh 190 pounds)
Thanks in advance!



downhomr
Posts: 14
Joined: Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:11 pm
Location: Ajax, Canada
Motorcycle: 1985 Gl1200 Limited Edition

Re: Progressive rear shocks

Postby downhomr » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:34 pm

Hi there...yes,they do sit high for awhile...they will start to settle lower with time.
Riding solo...I do not add any air...helps it sit lower.
The rule of thumb for a passenger seems to be 10 lbs. for every 50 lbs. extra.
That's how I've used mine these past 19 years on my '85 Limited...and, it has worked
very well.
I just rolled 232,000 Kms. this week...and, with Progressives front and rear, Superbrace,
and Michelin tires...she rides like she just came off the showroom floor.
I also have a 1500 rear drive and wheel/tire from the 1500...that made a huge difference
in the way everything worked out.
I run a 150/80-16 on the rear...no rubbing, and still sits the same height as the 1200
wheel.
You'll enjoy how the Progressives work.

smullin
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:24 pm
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100I Interstate

Re: Progressive rear shocks

Postby smullin » Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:26 pm

Thanks for the input!
I am still concerned about the digital gauge, as to whether it is still accurate.
I am assuming that the gauge is indicating actual pressure, based on the chart in the manual, regardless of what shock is in place?
Is it bad to run no air in the Progressive shocks?
Thanks again!


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