Bagger owners often overlook the importance of adequate front and rear suspension. After all, adequate springs and other integral internals play a fundamental part in overall ride quality. Everything needs to be in perfect harmony for the utmost in performance and comfort.
Factory front suspension on a Harley-Davidson Touring model could definitely use some improving. We were jazzed when The Motor Company released its Premium Ride Double Cartridge Fork Kit ($429.95). It claims to offer better ride characteristics over stock while improving resistance to a diving front end from gripping the front brake lever. H-D also claims that its new cartridge kit improves cornering while also enhancing bottoming control. Those are some serious buzzwords that definitely piqued our interests. We had to test it out for ourselves. Included in the kit are dual cartridges, fork pipes, fork bolts, new springs, and oil seals, and fits ’09–’13 Harley-Davidson Touring Models.
The yin to the Cartridge Kit’s yang comes via Premium Ride Hand-Adjustable Rear Shocks ($499.95), which fits ’09–later Harley-Davidson Touring models and features hand-adjustable preload dial to better suit your riding style. The left saddlebag needs to be removed in order to gain access to the dial, but there’s no need for a specialty wrench. These shocks feature a single tube, nitrogen-charged emulsion design, and are unique in that they offer multiple levels of ride improvement in compression, rebound, and preload departments; a stiffer rebound damping spring can be found on the left while a softer compression damping spring is located on the right shock. Larger 40mm diameter pistons and 14mm rods aid in quicker reaction characteristics to impacts. The set is available in standard ride height or lowered versions, but since we’re fans of ground clearance, we stuck with the standard height.