Ride It Like You Stole It With Progressive Suspensions Dynamic Duo

//Ride It Like You Stole It With Progressive Suspensions Dynamic Duo

Ride It Like You Stole It With Progressive Suspensions Dynamic Duo

In the days leading up to the 70th annual Sturgis Rally & Races, most of us are concentrating on ways to survive the butt-numbing ride to South Dakota in comfort. We’re loading up on motorcycle luggage and rain gear and custom parts we think will make us comfortable during those endless hours spent on our bikes. What we tend to forget about is the incredible roads surrounding the Black Hills area. Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, Spearfish Canyon —  all provide some of the best corner carving you’re ever going to find.

And believe me when I tell you that all the luggage or cup holders in the world won’t help when you have your bagger leaned over to the floorboards in mid-corner. That’s where Progressive Suspension comes into the picture with two ways to get that bagger railing through the twisties with scalpel-like precision.

The first is true high-performance suspension for your touring model. The Monotube Fork Cartridge Kit features a set of gas-charged Monotube dampers and a set of custom-tuned fork springs that replaces the open bath damping found in your stock front end.

And the perfect complement to your new front-end set up is the Touring Link Chassis Stabilizer. If you’ve ever ridden your bagger aggressively through some corners, you probably felt the mid-corner wobble that’s associated with touring models. This little beauty helps stabilize the chassis by keeping the motor/swingarm assembly aligned with the chassis without causing unnecessary vibration to the rider. It makes your bagger slip through corners like it’s on rails.

So do yourself a favor and prepare for the ride before the ride and you won’t regret it when you’re blasting through the Black Hills during the world’s largest biker party.

About the Author:

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently, Patrick splits his time between the eCommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew. Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up with his antics and keeps his head screwed on because he certainly wouldn’t be able to find it without her.


  1. Tactical111 August 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Check out Saddlemen Seats “Road Sofa” for that numb butt. With all due respect to Progressive Suspension check out Glide-Pro dot com for the FLT swingarm dillema solution. It’s a fix instead of a bandaid along with Custom Cycle S.S. bearings to replace the stock, weak cleve blocks. Ride safe!! Ride hard!!!

  2. Scott Holton July 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Hey Bill, when are you gonna writeone of these?

  3. Bill Gray July 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Just installed a set of Progressive 440 Shocks on the old VTX1300. Rode it for 15 minutes before the install to get a point of reference. You cannot believe the difference. Floating eyeglasses stopped. Buzzing helmet stopped. What an eyeopener. Got the front springs too, but reluctant to install without talking to someone. See you in Sturgis.

  4. Jake July 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    My butt is numb just thinking about such a long trip.

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