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post #1 of 3 Old 10-06-2013, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Progressive 465 with RAP

Hello,
Is anyone using the Progressive 465 with RAP on their DL 1000?
Why did you choose this shock over say Blair's Elka shock?
Was just changing the spring on the OEM shock considered?
I weigh 235 lbs. w/o gear, would be considered a newbie and probably don't ride as aggressively as many of the rest of you. I do like fire service roads and plan on touring with this bike at some point in the future.
2012 DL 1000, Richland Ricks fork brace and that is it as far as suspension/handling farkles go. I have not had the bike "set up for me" as far as sag and the front end does seem to dive with my practice emergency stops, that being said I have yet to "bottom out" or feel out of control with the stock suspension. I do like to read what the rest of you have to say and that is why I am asking about this.
Thanks in advance,
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-07-2013, 12:38 PM
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I don't have a Vee but do have the Pro 465 w/RAP on my Wee.

I selected the 465 over the Elka based on the reports on the 465 here and price. I thought of just finding someone to replace the spring but that seemed like doing only half a job, though some have had good results.

I am about 200-210 lbs all geared up and typically carry 70 - 100 lbs of gear when touring. I have 8,000+ miles on it and I am happy with my choice and have no complaints, though I am still dialing it and my sag in. I like ride rather than fiddle. :mrgreen:

If you put "465" in the "Google Custom Search" box, you'll get a ton of threads on the 465. I would assume "Elka" would get you a bunch too.

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-08-2013, 10:09 PM
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I installed a Prog 465-1162 on Sat. I had a Race Tech fork mod one month ago. I chose the Prog 465 because of my uses and price. Use: in about 8,000 miles over 2 yrs I have never adjusted the stock shock. I did have a pro set up F & R sag but never changed after that. I have never had a passenger. So, I figured once my new shock was set up, I would never use the adjustments available on the Elka, Ohlins, or Hyper Pro. After speaking to Prog tech guys and learning about the progressive rate spring, I further concluded I would not adjust it. I found a decent price on-line for it. The stock shock bottomed out on unseen dips, usually giving me a sharp pain mid back. Hwy 123 between Cayuse Pass on US 410 in Mt. Rainier NP and US 12 has so many of these hidden dips I can't or won't go the speed limit on that road. I tested the Prog shock on a nearby road with dips (W Lk Samm Blvd, Bellevue WA) and it did not bottom. I think this will be fine and a big improvement over stock. F & R cost $1,044.00.
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