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Moose

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Rear Shocks
« on: October 15, 2017, 19:50:45 PM »

Hey Y'all

First post, I've noticed a few of y'all have changed your shocks to the Progressive 412s or 440s, but the posts are a little old so I figured I'd see what is new. Anyone have another preference, how are the progressives holding up? I've looked up the 412s but seems like the model is never correct for my bike. I bought a 1500 Drifter a few months back and noticed my shocks are blown, figured it was time for a change.

Thank you,
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 13:58:21 PM »

I went with Hagon. They make 3 models for the Drifter. From the simple predetermined damping/adjustable preload, to the model I used with 4 position damping and the top of the line which has outside reservoir with compression, preload and damping. As I recall, they are less in price than the Progressives'.  They made quite a difference in the ride of my bike.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 14:16:50 PM »

I went with Hagon. They make 3 models for the Drifter. From the simple predetermined damping/adjustable preload, to the model I used with 4 position damping and the top of the line which has outside reservoir with compression, preload and damping. As I recall, they are less in price than the Progressives'.  They made quite a difference in the ride of my bike.

Damn those are great looking too! I will definitely look into those. Thanks for the info.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 16:16:17 PM »

I put the 440's on... maybe 10 years ago... doing fine. Although, we don't ride two up on the drifter anymore, so they are likely overkill.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 20:03:35 PM »

My progressives ride like a hardtail.. :(
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 22:10:10 PM »

 they would ride fine if you weighed more than a damp sponge.....
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 02:45:24 AM »

These are my 3 position dampening Hagon with "Fatboy" stainless tops

Been happy with them for over 40K kilometers

Waiting on a friend to re-build my original OEM
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2017, 17:29:24 PM »

One thing i've noticed is that the bike no matter what you do has a "hardtail" feeling to it. I think part of that fact is because it has a driveshaft. There is more movement to the swingarm with either chain or belt. In other words, when the bike goes over a bump or rut, it does not have that "give" that the alternative belts/chain does. Plus, it is also a very old design of driveshaft as the new Moto Guzzi's/BMW's have a more "articulating" driveshaft-if that makes sense-But I can tell you, if you keep it up maintenance wise, it is very reliable.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 16:04:13 PM »

My progressives ride like a hardtail.. :(

Which model of progressives did you get? Sounds awful.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 16:07:51 PM »

These are my 3 position dampening Hagon with "Fatboy" stainless tops

Been happy with them for over 40K kilometers

Waiting on a friend to re-build my original OEM

I need to find me a friend like that. I've asked around quite a bit and only hear "Can't rebuild them" though I've read of them being successfully rebuilt from forums etc.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2017, 02:32:07 AM »

I need to find me a friend like that. I've asked around quite a bit and only hear "Can't rebuild them" though I've read of them being successfully rebuilt from forums etc.

This is the first that I've heard Drifter shocks can be rebuilt although I know other non rebuildable motorcycle shocks that have been rebuilt.  I'd like to know more about what's involved in rebuilding these shocks if anyone has information.
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Re: Rear Shocks
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 04:14:57 AM »

I have a friend who specialises in Goldwing problems, and whose abilities and skills I am confident in. She has had ill health recently, and has not been able to start the job, however she believes she can do this having done other non-re-buildable shocks.

I will post the process here, when she is able to do it. :)
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