Progressive 412 Cruise Shocks For Harley Sportster 1986-2016
I ordered these for my 2015 Harley Iron 883 because the stock shocks were almost useless. Every time I went over any kind of significant bump or pot-hole, I had to stand on the pegs to avoid having my spine physically pushed up through my skull.
These shocks add about an inch of height to the rear of the bike, but the difference is amazing. The bike never seems to bottom out anymore and unexpected bumps and holes no longer result in brain trauma. Looks-wise, I am not crazy about the grey plastic spring at the bottom, even though I know it adds a bit of extra extension travel to the shock. But other than that they look, and more importantly, function great. Just keep in mind, that extra inch of rear height means you will have to re-aim your headlight, and the bike leans over a bit more with the stock kick-stand. Not a big deal.
Now I have to do the fork springs!
May 13, 2016
The only thing bad I can say is they squeak a little. Not that you hear it when the bikes running.
December 1, 2015
Big Improvement Over Stock Shocks
I'm a new Iron 883 owner and after about 1000 miles in the saddle I decided my spine couldn't take the abuse that the stock shocks were dishing out. I'd played with the pre-load and there was no happy medium. Either too soft and constantly bottoming out or stiff as a hard tail. I researched shocks for weeks and was overwhelmed by the choices. What length? Standard or heavy duty? Which model? I was driving myself mad trying to sort this out. I talked with Progressive techs and while they were helpful in narrowing down my options the best choice was elusive. I was being steered toward heavy duty springs but I was concerned I wouldn't be happy with a really stiff ride.
Budget-wise I wanted to stay in the 412 price range. I was almost set to pull the trigger on a set of 12.5" heavy duty 412's. Based on my research it seemed like those might be a good option for me at 5'11" and 245 lbs (trying to get that down!) I only ride solo. Then I started looking at the 412 Cruiser. The description sounded good - minimal change in ride height but up to 12.5" of travel. I couldn't find much about these online in the way of reviews. There was no standard or heavy duty option for these so I called Progressive once more to see if they would be right for my weight. The tech said I was right on the edge but I should be fine with that model. With only one size and no spring options, my choice paralysis was cured and I ordered a set.
I've got about 300 miles on them at this point and so far I'm very happy. The ride height was raised about an inch I'd say. When I first sat on the bike they felt a little spongy at the lowest pre-load so I cranked up one notch. A little firm but forgiving. I stuck with that. That first ride I went down roads with bumps and railroad tracks that I knew would have jack hammered my spine previously. No ill effects and no bottoming out. Cool! I rode down to one of the county roads near my house that is in serious need of resurfacing. Very rough and riddled with small pot holes. Normally I'd stay up on the pegs for a road section like this but now I was able to stay seated with no bottoming out and no sharp hits on the spine. Looks like I picked a winner. Only problem now is that it has become obvious that the front suspension is just as bad as the rear was. I see a set of Progressive fork springs in my future.
August 1, 2015
Great "Hybrid" Option
I've looked all over and wasn't able to find any reviews specifically of the 412 CRUISE, so hopefully many of you will find this review helpful. I have a '14 Iron 883. I wanted to keep the bike as low as possible but NEEDED to upgrade the suspension (I live and ride mostly in the city). The 412 Cruise seemed like a perfect solution! I could keep the bike relatively low but get the benefit of a 12.5 shock. I've only put about 100 miles on them (and if they are like the regular 412s, I expect that they will "break in" a bit), but the improvement in ride comfort is spectacular. I will, however, point out that the bike doesn't sit as low as I hoped it would. I'll have to play with the preload; I may have it set too high so the bike is not settling as low as it should (Progressive includes specific instructions about the unique sag the Cruise series shocks should have). Anyway, the bottom line is that the price is right, installation is easy, and the improvement in ride comfort is wonderful. You are going to give up SOME of the "slammed" look that comes with the 11" stock suspension, but the 412 Cruise seems like a perfect compromise between looks and comfort. I've included a photo that will give you some idea of what the Cruise shocks look like compared to the stock, 11" shocks.
March 20, 2015