The Best shocks for harley touring

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This is a buying guide for the best Shocks for touring on your Harley Davidson motorcycle.

We created a list of about a dozen shocks that we felt were the best based on our research and comparisons, we then whittled the list down testing out top considerations in our own Street Glide.

We found Legend Suspensions’s Revo Coil Shocks were hands down the best shocks for Harley Touring.

The Revo Coil Shocks have outstanding build quality, are simple to install, excellent longevity and we found our ride smoother once they were installed.

For some variety, we’ve included other shocks for Harley touring so read on to find out why.

ImageProductFeaturesPrice
Legend Suspension Revo Coil Shocks For Harley TouringLegend Suspension Revo Coil Shocks For Harley Touring
  • Greatly improve the ride quality
  • Preload adjustment is offered
  • Six levels of rebound damping adjustment
  • Easy to install and use
  • Don’t bottom out on larger obstacles 
  • Make ride smoother
  • High quality aluminum shock bodies
  • Spherical bearings on top and bottom
  • Preload adjustable by hand
  • No extra tools required for adjustment
  • 12”, 13”, and 14” versions are also available
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Progressive 412 Shocks For Harley TouringProgressive 412 Shocks For Harley Touring
  • 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 For HarleyLegend Suspension AIR Suspension For Harley
  • 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 For Harley Touring

Overall best

Legend Suspension’s Revo Coil Shocks brought the best overall package with softer spring rates, durable construction, and integrated preload adjustment. These shocks did well in our testing, offering a good balance of performance, durability, and value.

The Revo’s shock bodies employ a heavy duty aluminum construction that holds up very well to wear and tear and general use. It is a traditional coil spring and shock absorber, making it dead simple to install and maintain long term.

Spring rates on this set are quite a bit softer than the stock configuration as well, making the ride more plush and comfortable. Longer springs allow for maximum wheel travel and control, making this setup more versatile than others.

Touring bikes have to bear a heavy load, with two passengers plus weight from luggage, over long distances; bottoming out is a concern. Not so with the Revos. In our testing, we loaded up our Street Glide with passengers and luggage to simulate real world use. Even over larger obstacles, the suspension did not bottom out and kept the ride soft and both riders comfortable.

Preload adjustment is included with this set of shocks, making it easy for riders to tweak the suspension on the fly. Six levels of adjustment offer fine tuning and customization.

You can change the ride height, adjust for more weight being loaded onto the bike, and improve stability at speed. Moreover, adjustment is done easily by hand without any additional tools.

Pros
  • Greatly improve the ride quality
  • Preload adjustment is offered
  • Six levels of rebound damping adjustment
  • Easy to install and use
  • Don’t bottom out on larger obstacles
  • Make ride smoother
  • High quality aluminum shock bodies
  • Spherical bearings on top and bottom
  • Preload adjustable by hand
  • No extra tools required for adjustment
  • 12”, 13”, and 14” versions are also available
  • Fully synthetic engine oil
Cons
  • Black shock bodies and black springs might be a bit too basic for some folks

Progressive 412 Shocks For Harley Touring

Best Budget

Progressive 412s are a set of shocks that offer the best value on this list. The shocks themselves are easy to install, effective, and also long lasting. Constructed with touring bikes in mind, they deliver a more comfortable ride, better handling, and more stability.

With the 412s, we saw improvements in both everyday use as well as highway riding. Bumps and potholes were less noticeable, the ride was smoother, and the bike was handled better as well. The comfort these shocks offer made cruising for hours at a timeless tiring. Stability was another benefit of the 412s. The behemoth Street Glide felt more planted on the road, giving the rider a lot more confidence while riding and maneuvering the bike.

Double wall steel body construction makes this a heavy duty set of shocks that can stand up to anything you throw its way. Valving is nitrogen charged and multi staged, allowing it to react instantly to any bumps or potholes and keep the ride smooth.

A feature you don’t often see at this price point is preload adjustment, but the 412s offer a five position cam style preload adjuster, allowing users to change the suspension setting according to their particular weight and riding conditions.

It came in really handy when we took the Street Glide on a longer trip and needed to account for the increased weight of our luggage. Adjustment is easy as well. You can simply adjust the preload by hand.

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 longer kickstand

Legend Suspension AIR Suspension For Harley

Best Premium Option

If you’re after a premium set of shocks that offers a great feature set, superior ride quality, and greater customization than the stock setup, Legend Suspensions’s AIR Suspension for Harleys is a ‘no compromises’ set of shocks that ticks all of the boxes.

These shocks allow you to change ride height, soak up bumps and potholes, add stability at speed, and come with an easy to use controller that integrates into the handlebars.

Legend’s AIR comes with adjustable spring rates, meaning you have even more control over the suspension and riding characteristics. Kevlar air springs offer maximum wheel travel and comfort, perfect for the type of long miles you’ll be clocking on your touring bike.

In our experience, the AIR shocks offered the best ride and comfort of any suspension setup. Small and large obstacles alike were easily overcome, and highway riding was more pleasurable.

Installing the AIR shocks was also fairly straightforward, though we would recommend professional installation if you are not confident working on the bike yourself. The anodized aluminum bodies have spherical mount bearings to make putting the components together easier.

The shocks’ performance is improved with the inclusion of Legend’s low friction seals which eliminate stiction.

The AIR package also comes with a bolt-in on-board compressor for the air shocks, controls for which mount right onto the handlebars of your touring bike. This allows you to adjust the ride height and preload easily without any hassle. Few other air suspension setups come with such an intuitive control panel.

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

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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.