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V-Twin Motorcycle Suspension Guide

High performance suspension isn’t just for racing, it is the secret to getting off your massive touring machine after hours of riding and feeling like you just stepped out of a car. Performance suspension and touring/cruisers are not often spoken in the same sentence. For the most part, cruiser and touring riders have gone without [...]

Harley-Davidson Forks – What’s Inside That Thing?

Editor’s Note: This post was written David Zemla who works at Progressive Suspension. This is our fifth guest blog post from David and we want to thank him for sharing some of his expertise with us. His earlier posts can be found here.

Motorcycle suspension tends to be something of a mystery, with forks being at the top of the “what the heck’s in there?” list.

Sure, there’s a spring and some oil, but did you know there are two springs in each fork? Is the oil just a lube or does it have a bigger job? And what exactly happens when I lower my forks? All good questions.… Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Video Makes Quick Work of Suspension Setup

You can have the most impressive rear suspension setup in the world and it’s probably going to be a big disappointment to you unless it’s properly set up. To avoid that happening, Progressive Suspension has produced a six-minute video that shows how a few measurements, a little math and a bit of fine tuning can help you realize the potential of that hot-shot suspension system.

Scott Hodgson, Progressive’s director of applications engineering, has more than two decades of experience with motorcycle suspension. In video clip below, he walks you through a detailed setup on a Harley bagger, although the same instructions apply to those adjusting a twin-shock bike (you’ll be … Continue Reading

Eliminating Fork Dive with Progressive Suspension

Does this sound familiar: “I ride a big bike and it feels like my front end dives at every stop light.”

I’ve heard this complaint countless times and figured today’s as good a time as any to walk you through a fork dive event and detail a solution to correct it.

During initial braking, the shear girth of a big touring machine transfers forward and quickly overwhelms the factory suspension.  The result is what we know as fork dive or brake dive.  Although all motorcycles experience this to some degree, the sensation is particularly noticeable on touring rigs and is exacerbated by their weight.

So what’s the solution?  While the … Continue Reading