Different front progressive springs?


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Different front progressive springs?

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Are there different kinds of front progressive springs for the 2000-SE GL1500?
If so, which gives to softest ride?
Same question for the rear.
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Re: Different front progressive springs?

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All GL1500 motorcycles from 1988-2000 are well served by Progressive #11-1152 fork springs.

There are better alternatives like #11-1112 or #11-1122 that work well in the front forks of GL1500 based trikes with "rake kits" that lay the fork tubes down another 4 or 6 degrees. The softer transition from 45-70 lbs/in just works better in the layed down tubes than the 35-80 lbs/in rate change, they hold the trike front up better at rest too.

I don't know what Progressive offers for the rear of a GL1500 Motorcycle now.

Below is just my notes.
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Progressive # 11-1112 is for Kawasaki KZ1200/1300 (and what I use in my 1500 trike with Champion 6 degree EZ-Steer … with 7.5 or 10 wgt Belray Fork Oil, no air added) ....
20.75 " L <>1.19" OD <> 45/70 Lbs/In. rate
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Progressive # 11-1122 is for the GL-1200 GoldWing (use of a 1/2" or 3/4" spacer is suggested when used in GL1500 based trikes with rake kits) ....
20.00 " L <>1.34" OD <> 45/70 Lbs/In. rate
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Progressive # 11-1152 is for GL-1500 GoldWing Motorcycles ....
20.50 " L <>1.35" OD <> 35/80 Lbs/In. rate
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I was not sure if other manufactures were making these springs.
My wheels is that of 2, not 3.
Thank you.
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Re: Different front progressive springs?

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Wing--Man wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:09 pm
I was not sure if other manufactures were making these springs.
My wheels is that of 2, not 3.
Thank you.
"front progressive springs for the 2000-SE GL1500?" Maybe I misread it? #11-1152 is for 2 whelers. I included others in case a trike owner comes in.
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Re: Different front progressive springs?

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Figured that is what I read on your bike, trike.
I inserted 2 wheels for mine, just to clarify.

About 2 weeks ago I hit a series of expansion strips in the roadway, felt almost like potholes, rattles the whole bike badly. Since then the front springs bottom out on the mildest of bumps. I look through the fairing and actually see it bottoming.
So since the bike is 21 years old, springs could be giving up and figure if I will replace, may as well go progressive.


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