I bought my Traxxion AK20's and a Penske double shock, sometime in late 2012 or 2013. Since then, I've ridden 10,000 miles. I remember working with Dan.
My stock fork wipers began to self destruct and fall apart. The showa 41mm wipers are junk. Anyway, since I was replacing them, I decided to change the forks oil. I bought SKF seals .
I thought about calling you guys and asking about "wear parts" for my AK20's. At some point, I decided to do the work, on Sunday, so it was too late to call.
I have a lot of dirt bike fork experience, so I expected the worst. Chocolate Milk oil, rub spots, flakes of metal.
What I found was oil that looked brand new. If there was wear on the AK20, I didn't see it. I could have packed them up and sold them as new. I was shocked...pardon the pun.
These were expensive, and for sure I could get by on less, but my god, I could not believe the durability.
Thank you for such a quality product...
I recently purchased the full Monty plus triple clamps through you and RMR in Abbotsford BC. I live near Tacoma WA which is about 150 miles south of RMR.
I arrived the evening before and had a Hotel which was several miles away from the shop. I was greeted by the owner, and his staff and left my bike and they were nice enough to take me to the Hotel. They came the following afternoon and picked me up. I also had some new tires installed and your awesome brake pads. Having been a racer for over 35 years and a rider for over 50, and a Public Relations officer for a government agency, this shop and staff are amazing! They greeted me like I was an old friend, showed me the shop and explained so many things to me. Usually I talk way too much and ask way to many questions, but they were so accommodating and friendly I was amazed. The best part was the 150 mile ride home, as the suspension is incredible! What a joy to ride. I am sure people are quick to complain when things go wrong, not sure how often people respond letting you know that 3000 miles from your shop, there is someone extremely happy with the parts, the process, and most of all the service your service installer provides. I have a few Harley's in my shop and hope to also have them do future work as well as any future service on my Honda.
Thank you again!
From: Chris E.
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 9:02 AM
To: Max McAllister
Subject: Shocks on 18 wing
Hey Max, Chris E. here, wanted to share my thoughts on the suspension work I had performed. Going to use a two week period here and that nicely keeps the timeline and observations in a tight area.
I am new to the world of tourers and I knew the 18 Goldwing was for me, put my deposit down back in October before anyone rode at Motegi, before any magazine or vlogger said how great it was, at the same time I had never owned a Moto over 550 lbs or one specifically designed to eat miles. In short I didn’t know what all I was getting into.
I put 3000 miles in a week on it and was blown away by it mile munching abilities. My only real concerns was that on slow speed rebound/compression events there would be an extra bounce. I saw this on long bumps before or after bridge adjoinments to the road. Usually a long low spot in the pavement after the concrete.
When I took the bike on Mount Hamilton which is a bumpy, off camber, dirty, twisty road in Northern California, it quickly became apparent the bike was under sprung and under damped which surprised me as I was riding solo with luggage. This was my single main concern I wanted fixed and figured it would help with with my earlier concern. As a side note sport mode was completely unusable so I was thinking of getting a flash down the road to soften the throttle but keep the shift logic in that mode.
A week later had you work your magic. On the way back home I was completely blown away about some other inadvertent things that it fixed. Turns out I ran into traffic on the North side of Chattanooga. I have a DCT Tour and usually as you force it down the gears coming To a stop it will lurch with each shift making the bike difficult to balance in that 0-3mph zone where you would normally fan the clutch. I was able to balance the bike a lot in that 0-3mph! Without realizing it the springs let that lurch be big enough to destabilize the bike. Way way better with the suspension, duly noted and impressed. And the ride home was still smooth (always a concern) but only 180 miles. Would need a longer ride to confirm.
Fast forward another week to yesterday (4/11). Took the wing out to Tail of the Dragon and did 4 laps for a total of just under 500 miles door to door. I had an earlier feeling that the bike was better supported at the rear and now firmly believe this to be true. Now the bike stays level when I sit on it, guessing a laden seat height of approx 5-10mm higher. This translates into bigger lean angles before scraping the pegs (verified by using more of the front and rear tire which is still limited by the pegs). More importantly the bike is now calmer through the corners which makes it more comfortable to get to those lean angles. Singly the bike is easier/less stressing to ride in an aggressive manner which was exactly what I was looking for.
On top of this the suspension gave me another mode: the Sport mode is now much more useable since the bike is no longer lurching badly on those aggressive shifts, love it as the bike feels a lot more playful in this mode. Never expected this benefit but thankful for it.
So 500 miles with a fun 50 in the middle and didn’t feel worked when I got home? I would say mission accomplished!
Finally, to confirm no comfort lost, I took the bike to Austin and the MotoGP. Most important to me on the day after (Monday) I took the long way home (1100 miles) setting a new PR for myself for mileage in a day and caught a storm late in the day in Alabama. Very happy to report the bike is obviously great over big miles and with great control no matter the conditions.