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Fork Exchange Testimonial

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Once reassembly was complete, I left Buck's house for the 20 minutes ride back to my house. For those of you that have been to Buck's, you know none of the roads leading there are flattop smooth. Most of the way back to my place is concrete with the associated expansion joints, bumps, etc. Before the front suspension upgrade, I would get a sharp jarring and hear a "WHAM" from the front end over ANY type of bump in the road.

I could immediately feel that the front felt more "connected", stable, and exhibited easier tracking both in a straight line and through curves. The sharp jarring was gone. So too was the loud "WHAM" when going over any type of unevenness in the road. Hard braking produced little front end dive, braking while in a turn/curve was predictable, and course corrections were without incident. I'm VERY pleased!!

If you're looking for a very good suspension upgrade for the front of your Wing, I wholeheartedly recommend the Progressive Monotube option!

Buck Huddle is THE MAN!! Many thanks Buck for all the great parts, help, and recommendations!!

FYI--I am in no way connected with Progressive other than as a consumer of parts.
I also installed the progressive mono tube on bike I had the stock suspension on the bike. Last weekend did a 900 plus mile on bike first part of trip was highway and backroads pulling a kompact Kamper with new suspension and it was a very big improvement with the new suspension love the ride and handling alot smoother than the factory alot smoother on bumps and to me easyer to turn bike. On the way back from the trip I pulle a aspen ambassator camper aot heavier that the kampact camper and again a big differenc love the way the bike handle the ride and both trailer do not have electrical brakes there where no extreme noise dive when braking hard it made the front end stiffer than the factory.

Finished up the install last night and took it for a short ride around the neighborhood to make sure everything was button up properly. Took off this morning for a 100 mile test ride on some local pot holed roads. I could immediatelyl tell the difference as I searched out the holes in the road. This suspension set up is firm, but not stiff. Gone are the bone jarring impacts when hitting pot holes at speed. Near the house is an S shaped set of sweepers that you can run at way above the 45 mph speed limit. The left track is becoming a long rough shallow culvert in the road. I ran this set first at the speed limit with no surprises. I ran through them again at 80 mph sticking the front tire in the left track. You can feel the bumps in the road, but it is not harsh. The front wheel feels extremely planted as you lay her over in the bumps. Wow this is how a suspension on a bike this size should feel. I did not measure the difference in sag of the before and after, but I could tell with the first 90 degree turn that I had more clearance and when putting it on the side stand the first time it definately is sitting taller. From a cost benefit point of view, this is some of the best money spent on the wing, right at the top with my Russells saddle.
Thanks Buckskin for the assistance yesterday.
finished install of these on mine today, took a 70 mile spin on the worst road in the area, what a difference from stock 08 with only 30k!
Disable it! Hands down, with stiffer fork springs and disabled ADV, the Wing transforms into a better handling and supple ride. This has been addressed in several previous posts. To hydraulically lock one fork causes blown out fork seals and harsh suspension action. There is nothing worse, from a performance standpoint, than to prevent your forks from functioning when under hard braking. A suspension which is 'locked' cannot follow the roadway surface and will lose traction on top of providing a poor ride. Spend the $20 for the disable washer and find out yourself. If you don't like it, take it off. Takes all of 5 minutes. I've experimented with many different front end setups on my Wing and can honestly say there is no question that a properly set up fork without ADV is far superior than the stock setup. Watch my Wing videos on the track and you can see the forks in action. I only use the front brake to slow and never touch the back brake (old racetrack habit). Every high quality suspension manufacturer (Traxxion, Race Tech, Progressive) disables the ADV on the Goldwing. Either way, good luck!
Wow! Before whenever I hit a bump there was a jolt to the bike and my spine many times locking up the Anti-Dive Valve. And then all the next bumps where even harsher. Now the bumps are soft. In a sweeping turn the more I leaned into the turn I would find that my OEM forks (and rear shock if I was two up) would flex or go in and out (compress?). No more. My bike on a sweeping turn is now rock solid! Before if I was at high RPM’s and I let off of the throttle my forks would compress. No more. Before when I was in a turn and I hit a bump I was on high alert as my forks would compress in a very scary way. Today I hit several of these and it was if the bike did not even notice. Before I would evade all man-hole covers. I hated the jarring, like I was riding a HD hard tail. Again, now the bike just doesn’t seem to notice.

The bike does sit taller, even with the tubes sticking up about ½ inch above the triple tree. With the Corbin seat I can still get both feet on the ground but not as surely as I did before. But this is a small price to pay for the increased handling coupled with the smoothness of the ride. Oh, and I had the Pre-Load set at “0” the entire ride. I weigh 230. I also noticed that when turning at slower speeds, under 20 mph, the turning is far more stable. Making a U-turn on a residential street seems easier. Of course some of this could be that after buying the parts and paying to have them installed that this could be my imagination, I have to justify the expense somehow. But I do think that the steering is more sure at slower speeds and at higher speeds the bike tracks so much tighter. Small bumps and tar snakes don't seem to effect me as before.



I'm going to throw my 2 cents in on the Progressive monotube cartridges for the GL1800 now that I have them installed.

Thanks to Buckskin for doing the fork exchange program! The whole process is a piece of cake, the installation a snap, which translated to a very inexpensive labour cost for me at the dealer.

The very first thing I noticed when getting on the bike was that it raised the front end off the ground. The bike has a greater lean angle when on the side stand, and it appears that the windshield is a shade higher than where it was prior to the upgrade. My V-stream SE was already set to the lowest point. I will have to look at a rear suspension upgrade to cut the sag back there to level out the bike, and/or a better seat that will get me another inch or so higher in the saddle. I can still see well over it, but want it lower for in town.

But I have to say, the ride is a whole lot better than stock! I can't compare it to Traxxion since i've never ridden one to compare it to, but the jarring from hitting normal sized potholes, driveway "curbs", railroad tracks and most expansion joints on bridges are GONE. The front end isn't too soft where you lose all sense of the road beneath you either, nor are the springs too harsh where it transmits more bumps to the handlebars. This is the way the wing should feel off the showroom floor. Oh, and I did disable the anti-dive. I tried a few hard stops and while you do get some dive on the front end, I didn't find it excessive at all.

Hope this helps anyone else considering doing a suspension upgrade make up their minds what they want to spend their money on.
I had Buck do the fork exchange yesterday. The mono tubes live up to the reviews on here. No regrets in spending the money. Buck had me in and out in no time  at all. Thanks Buck.

I just installed the new Progressive Mono Tube Kits in my own bike. and I think Progressive hit a Home Run with these shocks. 

Instantly I could not feel the expansion joints on the concrete highways and back roads anymore. When I went over bumps the "Kits" as I'll call them. Rode over the bumps,I did not feel the bumps through the bars like I did with the P-Springs anymore. It sort of floats over them vs bouncing against them.

Everywhere I aimed the front end at the Kits absorbed the bumps from road imperfections, To patched holes to pot holes that I didn't see until I was upon them. Smooth was what I felt with these shocks.



Here is the why I am feeling what I do now:

No matter what springs you put in the bike you are still dealing with a single dampener in only the right fork leg.Adding stiffer springs doesn't change the feel,if anything it firms up the feel. All it does is stop you from bottoming out by helping absorb road bumps a little better because you installed a stiffer spring to help that issue.
Decided to try the new Progressive just for the knowledge and to see for myself , Home Run what a smooth ride it is a little stiffer than the Race Tec set up I had but the more I ride it the better I like it. I am running with my anti dive inoperative.

Guys all I can say is save the extra money you plan on spending on Suspension upgrade and use it for gas. You will love the Mono-tubes and your checking account will love your choice.
Finished up the install last night and took it for a short ride around the neighborhood to make sure everything was button up properly. Took off this morning for a 100 mile test ride on some local pot holed roads. I could immediatelyl tell the difference as I searched out the holes in the road. This suspension set up is firm, but not stiff. Gone are the bone jarring impacts when hitting pot holes at speed. Near the house is an S shaped set of sweepers that you can run at way above the 45 mph speed limit. The left track is becoming a long rough shallow culvert in the road. I ran this set first at the speed limit with no surprises. I ran through them again at 80 mph sticking the front tire in the left track. You can feel the bumps in the road, but it is not harsh. The front wheel feels extremely planted as you lay her over in the bumps. Wow this is how a suspension on a bike this size should feel. I did not measure the difference in sag of the before and after, but I could tell with the first 90 degree turn that I had more clearance and when putting it on the side stand the first time it definately is sitting taller. From a cost benefit point of view, this is some of the best money spent on the wing, right at the top with my Russells saddle.
Thanks Buckskin for the assistance yesterday.

Progressive Fork Cartridges

Improved resistance to front brake dive

Improved front end stability & cornering

Improved bottoming control

Lifetime limited warranty

2001-2012 Honda Goldwing Models

MSRP $525.00 Exchange+shipping

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