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    Suspension options for 1973 R75/5 ?

    I have a 1973 R75/5 (long swingarm) that has the original suspension.

    1. It's "shot"
    2. The bike could be a fuzz lower for my short legs.

    Discovered that Progressive has a listing for this model/year but thought it would be a good idea to ask the question here, first.

    Opinions/recommendations?

    Thanks,

    Kevin
    Current Inventory:
    '12 ST1300 ABS, '10 GL1800, '08 FLSTF,
    '08 VTX1300C, '08 VSTAR1300, '73 R75/5

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    for that rubber cow, i would say that Progressives are fine.
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    I think Hagons offer good value.

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    My Konis are pretty much toast, I've been putting off replacement, but it is probably time.

    If you do a search on this forum, there are lots of opinions.

    I've been thinking about YSS. These guys (EPM Performance)

    http://www.epmperf.com/

    were at a Super Tech I attended this year and I'll probably go to them when I'm ready to buy.

    The YSS models that fit your and my bikes start with a pair of hydraulic shocks for $189 (list price), and then gas models starting at $299, another model at $399, and one more at $499.

    I'm thinking about the YSS E-series gas shocks at $299.

    I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has the YSS shocks.

    Barron

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    Progressive's are to stiff and I have Hagon's on my /5 and like them. It really depends are your weight, rider weight and luggage weight. If you post that info I can help you figure out the best route or PM me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmweuro View Post
    ....~ It really depends are your weight, rider weight and luggage weight. If you post that info I can help you figure out the best route or PM me.
    Solo rider, 200 pounds, 5'9". Naked bike - no fairing nor saddlebags. There's a "day bag" tied on the back. This one is used for the two-lane roads and I rarely get more than three counties away with it.
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    '08 VTX1300C, '08 VSTAR1300, '73 R75/5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barron_Williams View Post
    My Konis are pretty much toast, I've been putting off replacement, but it is probably time.
    Have you thought about rebuilding them? I'd be happy to take them off your hands, if you don't want to go that route.

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    I have a pair of original Boge shocks that I was going to put on my RS.I decided to keep the Progressives on her for now.I'll give you a good price on the Boges if you want them.

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