TECH: Progressive Suspension 944 Ultra Tour Shocks (Intro)

Progressive 944 Ultra Tour Install

Here’s our 2005 Electra Glide (sans saddlebags) on a bike jack with its rear section lifted just enough to take the bike’s weight off the rear shocks. We’ll show you how to do the left side, which is the same as the right except for the air line valve we’re going to remove.

Captions and photos by Chris Maida

Our 2005 Electra Glide had already received 1-inch lower than stock Progressive Suspension monotubes, so this go-round we’re installing 1-inch shorter rear shocks to keep the bike’s stance, and, therefore, its rake and trail, the same as stock.

We took our 2005 Electra Glide over to Bayside Harley-Davidson in Portsmouth, Virginia, to complete the full suspension makeover. It’s impossible to over stress the advantages of a performance suspension system, and it’s become one of the upgrades Harley owners do when the stock units are worn-out. In the case of our Electra Glide, one of the taller offerings from The Motor Company, many owners choose to lower it for improved confidence on the road and while stopped. In fact, this is such a popular change, H-D introduced Low versions of the Ultra Classic and the Limited.

For most of us, buying a new motorcycle for that reason isn’t exactly in the cards. But new front suspension and rear shocks probably are, and can definitely lead to a better-performing bike at the same time. And that’s exactly why we turned to Progressive Suspension, which offers kits for both the front and rear. We installed the 1-inch lower monotube cartridges last month, while this month, we’re going with a pair of Progressive’s 13-inch 944 Ultra Ultra-Touring shocks with heavy heavy-duty springs (#944-4020UT/$759). But wait, you might ask yourself, aren’t the stock shocks 13 inches? They are, but Progressive has designed the 944 to sit 1-inch lower than the stock air shocks while retaining the same amount of travel. The Progressive spring design gives the bike a 1-inch lower stance not only when loaded, but also when sitting on the sidestand and it uses the company’s Frequency Sensing Technology (FST) for a smooth ride. Progressive also has an Ultra-Low version of the 944, which is a 12-1/2-inch shock that sits at 11-inches.

With this front and rear suspension package, our Electra Glide sits just as it did when it came from the factory, without one end higher than the other. But now, it has the added advantage of a lower stance combined with a higher level of performance. As he did with the front, Service Technician Jesse Dietz at Bayside Harley-Davidson did the step-by-step install.

Progressive Ultra Tour 944 Install

Jesse secures the top of the new Progressive Suspension rear shock to the frame using a 3/4″ socket and blue Loctite. He leaves this bolt just snug for now.

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SOURCES
Bayside Harley-Davidson
757/397-5550
BaysideHD.com

Progressive Suspension
714/523-8700
ProgressiveSuspension.com

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Klock Werks NAVBag Makes Storage Easy

NAVbag

Your personal items should be within reach, and with the Klock Werks NavBags, you’ll get the peace of mind that your belongings are adequately, and stylishly stored! For a limited time only, Klock Werks is offering this multifunctioning windshield bag for free with applicable purchase*.

This innovative bag, designed specifically with the Klock Werks Flare windshield in mind, has quality features like a slick magnetic closure, special compartment that displays your device and felt on the back to provide a no-scratch surface. The protective, transparent screen even transmits the electromagnetic energy needed for your touch screen devices. The NAV Bag provides just as much storage space as a 3-pouch bag so you can store things like your GPS, coins, wallet, and more!

The NAVBag will fit with your 6.5″-plus Flare for 1996-2013 H-D “batwing” style fairings (Street Glide, Electra Glide, and Trike models) or the OE Replacement Flare Windshield. The OE Replacement Flare was created to bring superior air management to Softails, Road Kings, Sportsters, and other select bikes that do not have a fairing. To see a full list of fitments, check out getklocked.com or contact the Klock Werks sales team today.
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Harley Downtube Bag for Sportsters/Dynas Review

While our 2004 Sportster XL1200C project bike has served us well, it’s always good to have a few basic tools with you when you ride for those unpredictable roadside emergencies. And while we wished we could bring a few along, we’ve spent a lot of time hot roddin’ the Sporty up and didn’t want anything big and bulky detracting from its racy disposition. We found a solution in Harley’s Downtube Bag (Item #93300044 – $149.95) for Sportsters and Dynas.

Harley Downtube Bag for Sporsters

The Harley Downtube Bag is small and indiscreet but will hold enough tools to help get you through a jam.

The bag itself is 10-inches long and 4-inches deep. The back plate is hard plastic while the rest of it is leather. It has two exterior buckles that are more for show as the main storage compartment has a zipper, too, to ensure your tools don’t go tumbling down the road when you hit the bumpy stuff. Overall the storage compartment is fairly small, so make sure you grab the sockets you use most frequently because there’s only enough room for the essentials. The maximum recommended load is five pounds.

While the kit came with an assortment of hardware so it can be mounted on Dynas and XLs, all we needed for installation on the 2004 Sportster XL1200C were four bolts, two nuts, and two mounting brackets. A drill is required though to punch holes in the back of the bag to run the bolts through. At first we wondered why it didn’t come pre-drilled from the factory but then realized it mounts up differently depending on whether it’s a Dyna or Sportster and whether or not the motorcycle has engine guards.

Harley Downtube Bag for Sportsters and Dynas

The backplate of the Downtube bag has to be drilled out to run the bolts through the mounting bracket because it fits both Dynas and XLs. Luckily, the hole locations are already marked.

Of course, the drill bits Harley suggested using are off-sizes, 13/32 and 9/32. Those bits cost $10 a-piece at our local hardware store, so we used the 3/8 and 5/16 bits we already had in our toolbox instead and manually made the hole’s circumference a little bigger so the bolts would fit. With the holes drilled, we lined up the first mounting bracket on the exterior of the back of the bag and inserted two button head bolts. Then we opened up the bag and inserted the second mounting bracket, lining it up with the two button head bolts that were already in place. Those two bolts were secured into place from the inside with two locking nuts tightened down to 60 in-lb. Next we pushed two hex head bolts through the upper holes of the inner mounting bracket so the ends were sticking out the back. One of the holes didn’t line up perfectly even though we drilled exactly on the pre-designated spot, so we had to widen it just a touch. We added a couple drops of Loctite to the bolts then screwed them in to holes in the lower frame crossmember, tightening them down to the recommended 25 – 35 lb-ft. Done in less than 15 minutes.

Harley Downtube-Bag-Max-Load-5-Lbs

The maximum recommended load for the Harley Downtube Bag is five pounds.

We like that the downtube bag sits low and is indiscreet. Sitting right behind the front tire, it’s going to get filthy. Luckily, Harley included a little leather conditioner in the kit. Having a handful of tools and a roll of duct tape at our disposal when we ride definitely adds a little peace of mind.

Harley-Davidson Downtube Bag for XL/Dynas $149.95

Harley-Davidson Downtube Bag for XL/Dynas $149.95

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Küryakyn has a team of riders from across the States and beyond making the trek to the Black Hills showcasing the new XKürsion™ luggage line. Sturgis-bound bikers who plan on making their journey to the 75th a road trip to remember can enter for a chance to receive an all-new XKürsion gear bag and share their adventure throughout the rally via Küryakyn’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Winners will also receive a VIP package and special product discounts when they visit the Küryakyn trucks during the Rally at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

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The five winners of #THEXKURSION contest are expected to post at least one photo per day to the Küryakyn social media pages throughout their 75th annual Sturgis Rally Experience. Each comment entry will be judged by Küryakyn, so don’t hold back. Prove you’re passionate about riding and score some new gear for your XKürsion to Sturgis!

Deadline for entries is Monday, July 6 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be announced on 7/7/15.

LePera Outcast GT

OutcastGTWhat’s this, a cafe racer seat for Harley-Davidson’s big Touring models? Well, not exactly, but LePera’s Outcast GT certainly does look sporty, and thanks to its steep contour rider area, there’s plenty of support for the driver during long hauls. For even more support, LePera includes a removable backrest for the driver. Just slip it in the provided slot, and then hit the road.

The Outcast GT is based on the Outcast, which means this rider area is 15″ wide, for a comfortable fit. A racy inlay center stripe with matching side graphics is available in either red or white. As with all of LePera’s premium-level seats, the Outcast GT has a black powder-coated steel base plate covered with soft carpet to protect the bike’s paint, and it’s ready to mount using the bike’s OE attachment points.

And to boost rider comfort, the Outcast GT has Marathon foam that’s upholstered with premium black vinyl for a lasting fit. The Outcast GT is available for all 2008-up Touring models, XL 04-06/10-15, all Dynas 06-up, FXST 06-UP with 200 MM tire, and carries a retail price of $875 that includes the removable backrest. Contact your local dealer or visit www.lepera.com

TECH: S&S 107″ Cam & Cylinder Kit (Intro)

Our opening shot shows our 2012  Heritage Softail up on Kenny’s lift with the exhaust and top end removed. The gas tank is lifted, and the gearcase section is emptied, except for the oil pump. The pinion shaft runout has also been checked and is below the required 0.003" maximum

Our opening shot shows our 2012
Heritage Softail up on Kenny’s lift with the exhaust and top end removed. The gas tank is lifted, and the gearcase section is emptied, except for the oil pump. The pinion shaft runout has also been checked and is below the required 0.003″ maximum

Our Heritage gained 28 hp and 27 ft-lbs. of torque!

Captions and photos by Chris Maida

Harleys are built to cover some serious mileage. But even the most babied engine is going to need a top end rebuild at some point, although readers of this magazine probably don’t fall into that category. When it comes to the world of Harley-Davidson, anything you want to do has a bunch of different options. So when our high-mileage 2012 TC 103 Heritage Softail started hinting at a new top end, we examined a few of the options. The first, of course, is to rebuild it back to stock specs. Option B is to increase the engine’s displacement and throw in a hotter set of cams. Okay, so our only real options were how big and how hot.

Since the still-young Heritage sees lots of time out on the road, reliability and manners are just as important as power output. For that reason, we turned to the legendary S&S Cycle in Viola, Wisconsin, for a 107″ cylinder kit (#910-0479/$929.95) and its gear-driven HP103GE Easy Start camshafts (#330-0354/$824.95). The wrinkle black, 11-fin cylinder kit fits 2007 and later Big Twins. (No worries Twin-Cooled model owners! S&S has a kit for you, too.) The 3.937″-bore cylinders are the largest size that can fit in stock, unmodified engine cases. That means no machining is necessary, and you can achieve the maximum bore size with minimal effort. The S&S cylinders are also the same height as stock, which, again, makes this an easy install. The centrifugal-cast, gray iron liner and the included 4.937″, 4-3/8″ stroke CP pistons provide excellent wear and noise characteristics and performance. The fin area is increased for better cooling performance over stock cylinders. The cylinders are also available in a silver powdercoated finish, which also matches stock H-D engine finishes. The kit includes gaskets and piston rings, wristpins, and wristpin clips.

With the Heritage Softail’s new displacement, a set of performance cams is necessary to get the most out of the Beta motor. The HP103GE Easy Start camshaft is what S&S calls a “horsepower cam.” However, different intake and exhaust systems can turn the engine into more of a torque monster with a bit less top end. These are actually bolt-in cams, so no modifying of the cam compartment is necessary, a recurring theme with this S&S project. Since the heads and rocker boxes were off the bike when we installed the cams, there was no need to even order a set of pushrods; the stock ones slid right back into place! Of course, besides their high-performance profile, these are gear-driven cams. This means no more chain tensioners (great news for this high-mileage rider), but it also means a longer lifespan for the parts, and a more secure connection inside the engine’s bottom end.

For a tuner, we went with TechnoResearch’s Harley-Davidson (Delphi) 2 (#TR200053-M01-U/$638) tuner. We’ve worked with the TR quite a bit on a handful of different bikes, and it delivers flawless tuning every time. The USB port key allows for multiple reflashes on a single motor­cycle. Our choice for this build is a TechnoResearch DirectLink Flash Tuner. This module allows you to alter the fuel table, spark advance table, and other calibration table values. You can also get real-time fuel table and spark table cell tracing. The DirectLink (Flash-Tuner) communicates directly to the stock EFI module, so there’s no wiring changes or additional modules to install.

As reliable and easy to install as the S&S Cycle cylinder and cam kits are, they provide some majorly impressive numbers on the dyno. The 103″ Softail’s baseline runs yielded 68.9 hp and 87.6 ft-lbs. of torque. After tuning, the Twin Cam puts out 97 hp and 114.9 ft-lbs. of torque! That’s a 40 percent increase in horsepower and a 31 percent increase in torque. What’s really cool is that the same S&S kits also work on 96″ Twin Cams, delivering the same final output numbers. So if you’ve got a 96-incher, you can expect those percentages to be even higher, which makes your dollar-to-power ratio even higher as well!

When it comes to high-performance Harleys in the New York area, Rosa’s Cycle is the place to go. Andrew Rosa lent his skill and expertise to our S&S-equipped Heritage Softail, and the power numbers speak for themselves. Follow along as he takes us step by step in the accompanying photos and captions to see exactly how the experts do it. AIM

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Sources

Rosa’s Cycle Shop
631/424-4955
RosasCycle.com

S&S Cycle Inc.
866/244-2673
SSCycle.com

TechnoResearch Inc.
248/658-1800
TechnoResearch.com

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Why We Ride Free 7-Day Online Screening To Promote Crowd-Funding For I AM STURGIS

whywerideMoorpark, CA, – (13 May 2015) – In conjunction with the crowd funding campaign for its new film I AM STURGIS, the filmmakers are offering free on-line screening of Why We Ride for 7 days in hopes of galvanizing viewers to donate on any level to their Kickstarter campaign. Upon its initial release, Why We Ride generated intense interest and soon became the most critically acclaimed motorcycle movie of all time. With time running out on the current campaign, the filmmakers hope to channel some of that energy and enthusiasm toward their new project.

“We don’t want to stop with just one movie. We want to continue to inspire more people, and that’s why we want to make I AM STURGIS,” says James Walker, producer of Why We Ride. “This is a movement now, and we want it to flourish. Sturgis is the entire motorcycle microcosm–it’s got everything: the camaraderie of the tribe, the visceral power of the bikes, the cacophony of humans and machines coming together, communing, riding, bonding. We want to show this world to people, because the instinct behind it, the gathering and the sharing, the competition and the rush–it’s universal. This isn’t just about being a motorcyclist; it’s about what drives us as people. All we ask is that everyone who has seen Why We Ride–or who view it for free on our site over the next week– to please donate to the I AM STURGIS Kickstarter campaign. If everyone gives even $5, it will allow us to continue telling these inspiring stories about our motorcycle culture.”

Response to the I AM STURGIS crowd-funding drive has been strong among the professional motorcycling community. South Dakota Tourism, City of Sturgis®, Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, Harley-Davidson, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, The Buffalo Chip Campground, Law Tigers, Uhl Studios, Michael Lichter Photography, Sedlak Studios, Hot Leathers, Bonnier Corporation, UBM Advanstar Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, J&P Cycles and Whitewood Campground and Event Center are just a few of the motorcycling business interests that have committed support to I AM STURGIS. With 19 days remaining in the campaign, Walker and company hope for a final push from individual motorcycling enthusiasts and Why We Ride fans to get them to their goal. The filmmakers believe in their fans and hope the 7-day free screening of Why We Ride will serve as a gesture of goodwill and inspiration.

The impetus for I AM STURGIS stems partly from this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally being the 75th Anniversary of that motorcycling institution. In recent years, the Sturgis rally has drawn half a million participants, but attendance estimates for this year’s anniversary rally exceed one million riders. There may never be a better time to capture the passion, dedication and camaraderie of the motorcycling community, and there certainly is no better place than the iconic Sturgis gathering.

When making Why We Ride, Sturgis was the first filming location, and it had an immediate emotional effect on the filmmakers. “There is a spirit there that enters you and grabs your heart,” says Bryan H. Carroll, producer/director. “The beauty of the Black Hills is God given. You put your hand on a boulder and you feel this energy; you can feel it in the air. It’s easy to understand why American Indians hold this place sacred.”

To launch the project, Why We Ride Films hopes to raise $350,000 of the production budget for I AM STURGIS through their Kickstarter campaign. And while they’re on their way, there are only 19 days left to achieve their goal. There are many contribution levels and many rewards at each level, including digital movie posters, movie downloads, movie premier passes, production credits, access to the Producer’s Private Pre-Party, and private theatrical screenings, as well as new offerings, like an exclusive David Uhl print of legendary motorcycle maven Gloria Struck, Ride in the Movie, VIP passes to Michael Lichter’s Motorcycles as Art party, a handmade “Bagger” metal sculpture by James Rice and the opportunity to make it into the movie through participation in Sturgis rally rides.

“We made Why We Ride about a community,” says producer James Walker. “Now, we want to grow that community and invite the people to be a part of our next film: I AM STURGIS! There are only 19 days left–we’re asking those with a love for motorcycling to join us.”

Why We Ride is available for free screening for 7 days at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/338580709/i-am-sturgis-the-movie. A trailer for I AM STURGIS can be seen there as well.

Why We Ride Films urges those with a passion for motorcycling to join them in bringing I AM STURGIS to the big screen. This will be a collective endeavor, made by and for people with a fervor for riding. Anyone can pledge support and be a part of the movie. Those wanting to participate in crowdfunding this project can do so at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/338580709/i-am-sturgis-the-movie

About Why We Ride Films: Why We Ride Films is the production team behind Why We Ride, a feature length documentary film. Since its December 2013 release, it has quickly become the most critically acclaimed motorcycle movie of all time. Independently distributed by producer/director Bryan H. Carroll and producer James Walker–recent recipients of American Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2014 Motorcyclists of the Year award–Why We Ride’s aim is to use the power of cinema not only to entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences worldwide. To learn more about Why We Ride, visit www.whyweride.com

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