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    Do I have to put up with this?

    Hello. I have wanted a 48 now for a long time. I did some research and was aware that reviews commented on how hard the suspension was. But I liked the look of the bike so much I went and bought one new last Feb. I still think the bike is a work of art, but I have done some miles on it now and I can't believe just how bad the suspension is considering how much I paid for the thing. Is it possible to make it more comfortable to ride by changing the shocks. I have read reviews about changing to Progressives but does it make that much difference. I know it's never going to be a tourer but surely it should not be this uncomfortable!!

    Help!

    Patrick

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    Hi Patrick, sorry you didn't get a reply for your question - despite so many views!! progressive shocks will make a difference, choose carefully and go for a quality brand.
    Never bother with cheap rubbish because in some cases you can make the ride even worse!
    At the end of the day, the bike is what it is but you can make changes to improve things so let us know if you found a solution, post up some pictures if you can

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    i have just bot a near as new 48 ( 1200 custom ) ,, not done many miles yet but found the ride q comfortable, being used to my ducati ( 749s ) i q liked the firmish ride,,, however i am already planing some major changes, eg, fitting UDF complete with twin discs , either from the XR or maybe something bespoke ( eg from Harris perf ) , fitting the XR swing arm or if not poss then some bracing up of the oem and a set of eg Ohlins adj / progressive rear shocks,,, is not going to be cheap !!!

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    wow 749s! that sounds very interesting, especially using Harris stuff! is this going to be a winter project? you've got to get some before and after photos up on this forum for all to see. Good luck and we look forward to seeing how your bike evolves

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    The 2016 has upgraded suspension. I'm yet to fiddle with mine but i can tell you now even before i tweak it its not going to be a tourer.
    I'm thinking a long distance seat to swap in when needed will be the best way to go.

    be a shame to spoil those looks though.

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    Hi, have you had a fiddle with the settings yet? Mine (2012 WideGlide ) Improved from "bloody rubbish" to "a bit crap" in two notches. A friends missus has just put a set of Hagons on her sporty and as soon as I get a report I'll pass it on. I'm the same as you, if I'm spending big bucks I want big improvement. Not big bucks for something slightly better
    You know you're getting old when your classic motorcycle wasn't when you bought it...

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    You need to speak to a suspension specialist (such as MCT in Stowmarket, Suffolk) who will help you out before you start chucking money at shocks that may offer no solution to your issues. Sucg companies should be able to sort you out-they are Specialists for a reason.

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    Are there two companies with similar names in Stowmarket? There used to be a guy called Darren with a small unit in Stowmarket called MTC and now there is a bigger outfit based in Stowupland. Any connection between the two? Darren set my Triumph Daytona up many years ago and totally transformed the bike, highly recommended. Not sure how much you can do with HD shocks after you have tried all 5 positions tho!
    You know you're getting old when your classic motorcycle wasn't when you bought it...

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    I have progressives on my Super Glide and they feel really good and soak up the ploughed fields they call roads now. A good seat also will help, i had a mustang seat on my FXR as i though it would give support to my back, but it didn't. On my Super Glide i have a Sundowner and it is like an armchair in comparison. I have to say these items were on the Glide when i bought it.

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    Thread resurrection time.

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeyefxr View Post
    ….A good seat also will help...….
    Agree 100%. The Breakout had a pillion seat that I only used on occasion. I could not remove the seat to 'bobber' it as the couple of inches extra height of the pillion seat ensured my arse remained in the saddle on wider throttle operations or reintroducing cruise control after slowing down having rolled off the throttle.

    Old Arrangement.



    With the fitting of my new fender I had serious reservations with the single seat that the issue would reoccur. I spoke to a very highly recommended seat upholsterer and the seat made was shallower and narrower but didn't compromise on comfort as a gel insert and memory foam were incorporated into it. Despite being a different profile the seat is a great improvement with single arrangement than it was. A decent upholsterer can make your ride a damn sight more comfortable be it with a bespoke new seat or just a simple reworking of your OEM seat at a reduced price.

    Last edited by K9F; 08-22-2018 at 09:58 PM.

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