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Hi guys I have some not so great news to share with you about forum member ridinfool (Robert Grosse, Ohio). His sister posted on his FB page that he has aggressive esophagus cancer. I'm hoping we can step up to help him, as he has always done for his fellow Vets (Rob is a U.S. Army Veteran and always been a dedicated and active supporter). I realize there have been a lot of fundraisers every time we turn the corner, and I myself don't have much but I want to give something to his family as he has been out of work for three months, now getting aggressive treatment and the bills are piling up. Please even if you can only spare $5/10/20 it all adds up. Please see this thread for more info: http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=1731827
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'08 XL1200N Nightster
Well, to be honest, I went with the 11Ē to match the stock ride height and I think that with that little shock travel youíre not going to see much improvement over the really rough stuff. I think the Progressives feel a bit softer/better over moderately rough road. Honestly, not much different than my stock shocks on a low pre-load setting. They both bottom out over the really rough stuff. The Progressives may soak up a bit more before really bottoming out hard like the stockers would on a low pre-load setting.
I had my stock shocks on the third or fourth pre-load before I took them off. They were really, really stiff. It helped not bottoming out, but it was a pretty stiff ride over all the small stuff.
I may have benefited from the heavy duty versions. Iím 230lbs. I think anything over 220lbs they recommend the heavy duty. I donít plan on any two up riding though and I was hoping to get a nicer ride than what I had heard the heavy duty shocks gave. I could have been mistaken in not going with heavy duty. Iíve been riding with them on the 4th pre-load setting and theyíre still pretty soft. I may have to go to the highest pre-load.
Itís hard to tell though because I got the new Mustang Vintage Solo seat only a few days after I got the Progressive 412ís in. I didnít have time to really compare how the Progressives felt with the same seat as what I was riding with the stockers. The new seat has far more padding and really helps to smooth the ride out. The combination is fantastic.
I donít know what model you have, but if itís a Nightster Ė I would recommend changing both the seat and the shocks. I rode about 300+ miles last Saturday and my ass never really hurt. I couldnít do that with the stock seat.
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