When it comes to lowering a motorcycle, you can usually expect reduced suspension travel and as well as decreased ride comfort. That was until the Engineers at Progressive Suspension set out to change that. What emerged form them was the The 944 Touring Shock. The crew at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) tried to understand how Progressive was able to pull off what what didn’t seem possible, and couldn’t. So to help us better understand what was going on, we contacted the good folks at Progressive Suspension for some guidance.
After engaging in a lengthy round of phone tag for what seemed like eternity, we were finally able to speak with one of the engineers and after a few questions and what seemed like an overwhelming amount of chuckles on their end, he educated me about the advances made by Progressive Suspension. To begin with he did in fact clarify the 944 Shocks operate in the upward travel motion (the reaction to hitting a bump) as well as downward travel (smoothing potholes or depressions in the road). For the project Progressive also developed a new hydraulic damper technology tagged “FST” that dynamically adjusts the rate according to road conditions. With that said, they essentially stacked a flat wire spring on top of their standard progressive rate spring, very similar to the type off-road race vehicles. With a bit of confusion, we asked “How does that work to effectively lower the bike and deliver a better ride?” Our “Engineer for The Day” explained, the flat wire springs gets smushed and becomes solid under the weight of the bike. While this lets the bike to sit 1″ lower than stock height, it also allows it to extend to full length when the rear wheel travels over a surface depression. The end result has the wheel and swing arm doing more of the “Monkey Motion”, creating a much more stable chassis, leading to less road shock transmitted to the rider.
Some of the key highlights this innovative 944 shock holds:
Frequency Sensing Shock Technology (FST) dynamically adjusts damping for optimum ride quality
Deflective disc valving
Specifically designed to deliver a comfortable ride at a 1” lowered stance.
- 944 Ultra Touring shocks utilize all the suspension travel provided by these 13” eye to eye units, but provide a 1” lowered ride height normally achieved by installing a shorter, 12” E/E, set of shocks.
- The unique Ultra Touring spring combination not only delivers a lowered ride height while it’s being ridden, but also while it’s on the stand
- This lowered stance makes it easier to manage your bike at intersections and parking lots, not to mention just swinging your leg over the seat
- IAS technology – Patented damping technology that separates wheel movement from chassis movement
- Adjust spring pre-load by hand, no special tool needed
- Progressive rate main springs specifically designed for touring
- High pressure gas charged for consistent performance
- Fits 80-13 FLH, FLT (exc. Tri Glide)
Thanks to Progressive Suspension for giving us access to a fine Engineer to answer our questions and explain the science behind the 944 Shock. You can have the best of both worlds – a lowered bike that improves handling and creates an impressive stance without sacrificing the ride quality you’ve come to enjoy. Call K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) today and pick up a set of Progressive 944 Shocks for your ride.