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    My 2007 Road Star has been bottoming out when riding two-up. I plan to replace the rear suspension unit this spring. I read the tech article on the old forum - it warned that the original unit was crap. So, with what do I replace it? I had planned to purchase an OEM replacement unit from an on-line parts house, but now I don't know what to buy. Help, please!

  • #2
    Roadwing from Jason (Smokescreens).

    https://www.roadstarclinic.com/forum...s-should-check

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    • #3
      Roadwing. It is a GL1800 shock modified to fit the Road Star. Hundreds and hundreds out there, if not thousands running this shock. Go to the profile of Tyke’s Place and he has a link to the Roadwing page we compiled on it. You can read up there. If you decide you want one and don’t want to modify it yourself, Smokescreens will build you one up.


      Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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      • #4
        We call it a Roadwing. Modified GL1800 (Goldwing) rear shock unit. Best suspension upgrade you can do in most people’s opinion around here (mine included).

        Smokescreens is a member here that has done many of these. Get with him for availability/details.

        While you’re at it, upgrade the front with Race Tech springs and for the cat’s ass, their emulators as well. Little more work but worth it.

        I’ve had guys ask me what engine work I’ve done to make my Roadstar (2012-since sold) run so much better when riding the curvy roads in the mountains (with a passenger!). My answer, “Nothing. You can’t modify the FI bikes engine reliably anyway”. Only thing that makes it run so well is the above suspension setup.

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        • #5
          Suspension pays off on any ride, at any speed. You don’t have to rip around 10/10ths to feel where that money went.


          Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jd750ace View Post
            Suspension pays off on any ride, at any speed. You don’t have to rip around 10/10ths to feel where that money went.
            Very true. Didn’t mean to imply you can’t feel the difference unless you’re going hard. Just that it’s money much better spent than on extra horsepower, even though that’s what most people love, ha ha

            I remember my Roadstar feeling so well balanced with the setup that I had. Stock suspension pretty much sucks on these bikes for anything.

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            • #7
              I knew what ya meant.


              Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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              • #8
                Smokescreens
                "There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer."
                Chris, 2004 Roadstar Silverado

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                • #9
                  More than happy to help you out on a new rear shock if you would like
                  my Wallet is Getting dangerously close to spontaneous combustion

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                  • #10
                    I have the same setup jd750ace and Deerkiller are talking about. Roadwing rear and Racetech's in the front, although I just did the springs and not the emulators .I love the setup and it's world's improved over the stock stuff.
                    "There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer."
                    Chris, 2004 Roadstar Silverado

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                    • #11
                      .....this is what I did. The wonders of Velcro!

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                      • #12
                        Looks great! May i ask what backrest are you using and is the bracket on the rear fender part of said backrest? Also can the angle be adjuster further back than you currently have it?
                        Last edited by daveto; 03-02-2018, 05:34 PM. Reason: Added another question

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                        • #13
                          $99 Grasshopper works great because it is soft and flexes with me and doesn’t vibrate my back like a rigid one would. It’s not adjustable. The trim is a Diamondback Tail piece that is intended to go with their HD seat. Just had to drill two holes up front to mount it and the Gresshopper.

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                          • #14
                            Damn Shores, the bike sure is lookin a little krusty.

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                            • #15
                              He’s a great passenger. Gives me no shit!

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                              • #16
                                I'm digging it! easy to remove to wash! did you size it exactly the same?
                                2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

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                                • #17
                                  The Velcro is slightly smaller than the patch.

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                                  • #18
                                    Great idea! I tried to glue magnet sheets (Rock Auto freebies) to the back of one but it wouldn't hold on my shop fridge. This is a great idea to get it on the bike.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Brad_G View Post
                                      Great idea! I tried to glue magnet sheets (Rock Auto freebies) to the back of one but it wouldn't hold on my shop fridge. This is a great idea to get it on the bike.
                                      Just use Shoe Goo to attach a thin earth magnet to it.

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                                      • #20
                                        I keep having the same problem. need to replace my shock. how do I get a roadking suspension?

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                                        • roadiemort
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                                          Smokescreens here or Henry on the FB site.

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