Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
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Just as an FYI, I bought a 2011 FLTRX and took it to Sturgis to break in. Rode with the girlfriend and was rattling her teeth bottoming out. Turns out when we got back the shocks had a leak and were carrying no air at all. She wasn't happy but the service guys got a good laugh. Check your system for leaks.
I changed my FLTRX shocks over to the new HD Premium ones.
The ride is much better (firmer) and the ride height remained the same.
The bike definitely better planted and takes to the twisties better.
When I first put the shocks on I tried to adjust the rear sag and could not get very much movement with the shock settings in the softest position.
The first couple of rides, the suspension would bottom out.
You need to forget about setting the initial sag settings like on most bikes and crank them up a couple of good turns.
After getting them set up the ride is firm but no more bottoming out.
And I don't have to carry around that stupid little air pump.
I think HD has come out with some premium shocks for the non lowered touring bikes. That's the way I would go if I could do it all over again.
The only issue with these new shocks, for me, is that they do not lower the bike. Otherwise they sound like a good solution.
Progressive makes the 940 ultra touring shock and I am hoping to get some additional feedback. That shock lowers the rear 1"
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