Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: West Coast, North Island, New Zealand
I changed out the oil for heavier weight in both my Nomad (1500) and in my Voyager. Neither really ever felt good with the OEM shocks, no matter what I did. So now my Voyager has a set of ÷hlins shocks (entry level model HD146) on the back, and some Race Tech springs and emulators up front.
Night & day difference... When he was behind me, my riding buddy used to be able to see me hit a bump & brace himself - now he has no idea when there's one coming.
There are other well used options, from manufacturers like Progressive or Works Performance. Use the search feature on this and other forums to find out exactly what others are doing - or do what I did and take your bike to a suspension specialist to put something good together.
I thought I'd get away with just doing the shocks. But after I had them done, the smooth ride back there only amplified the shortcomings up front. I was back at the shop counter only two weeks later to have that seen to as well.
Paul (Peg) Elliott
New Plymouth, NZ. '10 Voyager 1700
'02 Nomad 1500(sold) '97 VN800B (sold)
2 Honda's, 2 Suzuki's, 1 Yamaha (all dead)