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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-05-2017, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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I just got my 2013 vegas and been riding all weekend. I noticed that the stock seat and shock are ridiculous. Holy herniated disc!

So I bought a 465 progressive and victory touring seat.

How did I do?

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I didn't know the newer steel frame bikes rode so rough. My 04 KP which is the same thing as your Vegas but with different fenders and an inverted front end rides great with the stock shock.

Now I do remember the KP came with a 4" travel rear shock vs the Vegas 3" travel rear shock and if I remember right; Progressive also offers the 4" to make the ride more plush. If you bought another 3" shock you may not be as pleased with it as you hope to be. Then there's the seat height to think about or you can install a lowering link and stiffen up the 4" travel shock and live with the compromise. Lots of variables going on.

Did you first attempt to adjust the stock shock?

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I did take a look at the rear shick and it looks like its at the softest setting there is. And from the reviews on here it seems like everybody has the same issues.

I did buy the standard shock and not the 1" lowered one. So im not sure if that's the 4" travel or not. Im just trying to get rid of those bone jarring rebounds. I figured a nice shock and seat combo would help.

As far as seat height, if it goes up and inch i wouldnt mind it. i touch the ground with both feet flat. I hope the $600 was not for nothing.
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I did the same thing to my 15 vegas bought the progressive shock but I'm looking to get a custom seat made by richs custom upholstery in Kingston Washington add a heater and a back rest which will come to about 700 alone but he has great reviews. Many people talk about his seats so I'm going to give it a try. Also looking at getting some 2" pull back bars so as to take less strain off my back and put me into a more comfortable riding position.

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After you dial in the adjustments on the Progressive 465 you will really like it. Made a big difference on my Vegas. The highways here in Dayton pretty much suck and getting rid of the stiff rebound on all the bumps changes the ride drastically. I have a Mustang touring solo seat with backrest and like it well also - pain finding the right luggage rack (CycleOps makes nice chrome racks for anyone that goes for this seat).
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I did the same thing to my 15 vegas bought the progressive shock but I'm looking to get a custom seat made by richs custom upholstery in Kingston Washington add a heater and a back rest which will come to about 700 alone but he has great reviews. Many people talk about his seats so I'm going to give it a try. Also looking at getting some 2" pull back bars so as to take less strain off my back and put me into a more comfortable riding position.

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So how does it ride compared to stock shock?
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After you dial in the adjustments on the Progressive 465 you will really like it. Made a big difference on my Vegas. The highways here in Dayton pretty much suck and getting rid of the stiff rebound on all the bumps changes the ride drastically. I have a Mustang touring solo seat with backrest and like it well also - pain finding the right luggage rack (CycleOps makes nice chrome racks for anyone that goes for this seat).
How much adjustment you do to it?

im about 225 lbs.
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i put a Penske built for me shock on my Hammer + it made a big difference, got a touring seat but prefer the stock look. don't forget your tyres, the hard riding dunrocks last long + are quite stiff. i used night dragons, but prolly anything is better than the dunrocks! both for ride + traction + handling where the pirelli's shine! everyones tolerance to riding comfort is different, hope you like your investment!
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i put a Penske built for me shock on my Hammer + it made a big difference, got a touring seat but prefer the stock look. don't forget your tyres, the hard riding dunrocks last long + are quite stiff. i used night dragons, but prolly anything is better than the dunrocks! both for ride + traction + handling where the pirelli's shine! everyones tolerance to riding comfort is different, hope you like your investment!
I just bought the bike with some shinkos on them. They are brand new so ill be with them for a while. I havent seen any reviews on here about the shinkos. I honestly have nothing to compare them to.
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Nothing wrong with Shinkos. I can't remember if they are made in China or Korea but they have a good reputation. I'd definitely ride them out.
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