For the most part, lowering a bike reduces suspension travel and doesn’t seem to be conducive to increasing ride comfort. The engineers at Progressive set out to change that and came up with The 944. The crew at K and G Cycles tried to wrap our heads around what didn’t seem possible, and couldn’t. So to help us better understand what was going on, we called the good folks at Progressive Suspension for some guidance.
After playing phone tag for a few days we were able to finally chat 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 they did in fact clarify the 944 Shocks work in the upward travel (the reaction to hitting a bump) as well as downward travel (smoothing potholes or depressions in the road). Progressive also developed a new hydraulic damper technology tagged “FST” that dynamically adjusts according to road conditions. That being said, they 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 and allows it to sit 1″ lower than stock height, but will 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”, thus creating a far more stabile chasis, leading to less road shock transmitted to the rider.
Some of the key highlights this innovative shock holds:
damping for optimum ride quality
• Deflective disc valving
• Specifically designed to deliver a comfortable ride at a 1”
lowered stance. The 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 today and pick up a set of Progressive 944 Shocks for your ride.