3 Best shocks for The harley street glide


In this buying guide, we’ll be covering the best Shocks For Harley Davidson’s Street Glide.

The Street Glide is one of our favorite Harley touring machines, but having ridden it for so long, we can’t help but feel the stock suspension is in dire need of an upgrade.

With such a large motorcycle, great shocks become even more important but not every company is up to the task of producing high quality components that offer durability, reliability, and customization.

We found Legend Suspensions Revo Coil was by far the best Shocks for the Harley Street Glide. Excellent durability and longevity, preload adjustment for superior smoothness, and an easy install make these our #1 choice.

The following are our picks for the best shocks for the Harley Davidson Street Glide, delivering the best performance, value, and ease of use.

ImageProductFeaturesPrice
Legend Suspension Revo Coil ShocksLegend Suspension Revo Coil Shocks
  • Greatly improves the ride quality
  • Preload adjustment is offered
  • Six levels of preload adjustment
  • Easy to install and use
  • Do not bottom out even with larger obstacles and potholes
  • Can be adjusted by hand, no tools are necessary
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Progressive 412 Shocks For The Street GlideProgressive 412 Shocks For The Street Glide
  • Durable shocks
  • Improved ride quality
  • Valving is nitrogen charged
  • Multi staged valving
  • Reliable shocks
  • Eliminates bottoming 
  • Pegs clearance is improved
  • Much smoother ride overall
  • Better damping over bumps and potholes
  • Preload adjustment
  • Slightly increased ride height
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Legend Suspension Air Suspension ShocksLegend Suspension Air Suspension Shocks
  • Best ride quality
  • Durable anodized aluminum 
  • Kevlar air springs
  • Adjustable spring rates
  • Ride height is customizable
  • Soft and comfortable for everyday use
  • Great for longer journeys 
  • Easy to install
  • Built-in compressor and control unit
  • Controls are bolted right onto the handlebars
  • Fitment is compatible with 12” and 13” configurations
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Legend Suspension Revo Coil Shocks

Overall best

Legend Suspension’s Revo Coil shocks head our list, offering the most complete aftermarket Street Glide shocks package. Softer spring rates make the ride more plush. Aluminum construction makes the shock bodies tough and durable. Preload adjustment enables fine tuning of the shocks. Must have features, especially for any touring motorcycles.

The Revos use a traditional coil spring and shock absorber, making the setup easy to install and hassle free. This configuration has softer spring rates than the stock suspension, making the ride smoother over bumps and potholes. Legend’s use of slightly longer springs allows for more travel, making the shocks useful in a wider variety of road conditions.

Bottoming out is a concern for heavy touring bikes that carry two passengers plus their luggage. The Revos’ coils resist bottoming out while simultaneously keeping the ride nice and plush. Furthermore, the inclusion of preload adjustment makes these shocks perfect for riders who need to tweak riding dynamics on the fly.

Ease of use was another plus point of these shocks. Installation was straightforward, owing to the spherical bearings on top and bottom. Preload controls are similarly intuitive and easy to adjust by hand without any extra tools. There are six levels of preload adjustment, ensuring perfect ride quality no matter the weight.

Finally, if you require an even more heavy duty set of shocks, the Revo comes in 12”, 13”, and 14” configurations, allowing for more fine tuning, depending on your bike and use case.

Pros
  • It greatly improves the ride quality
  • Preload adjustment is offered
  • Six levels of preload adjustment
  • Easy to install and use
  • Do not bottom out even with larger obstacles and potholes
  • Can be adjusted by hand. No tools are necessary
Cons
  • Black shock bodies and black springs might be a bit too basic for some folks

Progressive 412 Shocks For The Street Glide

Best Budget

Progressive’s budget-friendly 412 shocks gave us the best value for a set of easy to install, effective, and long-lasting shocks. Being specifically constructed for cruiser style bikes enables these shocks to work well with Harley’s touring chassis. Installing the 412s made our bike more comfortable, better handling, and easier to maneuver.

Progressive’s 412 shocks had benefits both in everyday use as well as longer journeys. Passing over bumps and potholes was less noticeable, and long highway journeys at higher speeds were more stable and less tiring. You can rest assured that these shocks will last for a long time, given their double wall steel body design and top notch construction.

Valving on the Progressive 412s is nitrogen charged, and multi staged, allowing it to register changes in the road surface and react accordingly instantly. The result is a more pleasurable ride free from unexpected bumps and dips. Overall, the Street Glide was more comfortable to ride for longer and more confidence inspiring on the highway.

However, the ‘piece de resistance’ of these budget shocks is the five position cam style preload adjustment system. This system allows riders to fine tune the suspension according to their specific needs and riding styles. We loaded the Street Glide up and rode in different situations to test the efficacy of this feature.

By adjusting the preload according to the weight, we achieved a smoother, more effortless ride. This customization is indispensable for touring, where you will need to carry a rear seat passenger, luggage, or both.

Pros
  • Durable shocks
  • Improved ride quality
  • Valving is nitrogen charged
  • Multi staged valving
  • Reliable shocks
  • Eliminates bottoming
  • Pegs clearance is improved
  • Much smoother ride overall
  • Better damping over bumps and potholes
  • Preload adjustment
  • Slightly increased ride height
Cons
  • Higher ride height might require a more extended kickstand

Legend Suspension Air Shocks

Best Premium Choice

Legend’s AIR suspension is an air suspension setup made specifically for the Street Glide. It offers the softest ride, makes the bike even more comfortable at high speed, and delivers the most customization features of any setup.

This AIR suspension setup comes with a bolt-in onboard compressor that allows Street Glide owners to adjust the ride height from a switch mounted directly on the handlebars. This is the most intuitive execution of air suspension controls we have ever come across.

The Kevlar air spring technology on this suspension means you can adjust spring rates as well, giving enhanced control over the rebound and damping characteristics. These air springs offer maximum wheel travel and comfort while riding for long stretches.

The installation is also fairly simple for a full air suspension setup. Anodized aluminum bodies are accompanied by spherical mount bearings on top and bottom, making the components easy to line up and put together. Legend’s proprietary low friction seals eliminate stiction, helping improve the shocks’ performance.

In summation, these shocks provide the highest level of customization and fine tuning for riders of many different riding styles and preferences, offer the most comfortable ride and the most accessible controls, integrated right into the Street Glide’s OEM controls.

Pros
  • Best ride quality
  • Durable anodized aluminum
  • Kevlar air springs
  • Adjustable spring rates
  • Ride height is customizable
  • Soft and comfortable for everyday use
  • Great for longer journeys
  • Easy to install
  • Built-in compressor and control unit
  • Controls are bolted right onto the handlebars
  • Fitment is compatible with 12” and 13” configurations
Cons
  • Most expensive option

Author
Cooper Higgins

Cooper Higgins is a motorcycle enthusiast who’s been riding for the last 10 years. He’s passionate about all things motorcycles and started Bikes Future to help other riders make the right motorcycle moves. He rides a pimped out white Kawasaki Ninja 400, and also enjoys adventure riding when out of the City.