Testimonial from Reno Britt, National Drill Team Champion, www.centralfloridadrillteam.com:
"My ride home from Lake George/Americade was smooth and exhilarating. Feeling the power of the Gold Wing as I took the corners through the Catskills left me with quite an envious smile on my face. As I have explained numerous times this week to other riders, I finally found the rest of my horsepower through the set up of the Race Tech suspension. While I know that nothing is different with the engine, the suspension has allowed a very positive transference of torque to the tires; thus propelling it forward with a very smooth and aggressive thrust of power. I am a believer!!!!!!! Thanks, Reno Britt"
Race Tech Suspension for the GL1800 is tested, proven, and guaranteed to provide an amazing ride. The stock suspension is under-sprung with the weight of the bike consuming 66% of the suspension travel on the 2006-2010 models. This creates a heavy, lazy feel and results in low ground clearance.
Check out this video of a Gold Wing rider riding over 4x4 planks demonstrating the control riders gain with Race Tech Suspension. This video is from the Lee Parks Total Control Suspension demonstration at Americade.
RT Hi-Performance Springs
RT Hi-Performance Springs with the proper rates are a must for both front and rear. The additional travel from a proper spring rate provides more controlled braking and drastically reduces ground clearance issues. Find your recommended spring rate.
Gold Valve Fork Kit with Emulator
The stock GL1800 forks have a cartridge in one side and a damping rod in the other. The Gold Valve Fork Kit offered for this model uses Compression and Rebound Gold Valves on the cartridge side that allow a custom setup. On the damping rod side, a Gold Valve Emulator is used. Combined with RT Hi-Performance Springs, the GL1800 Gold Valve Fork Kit produces a smooth ride with excellent dive control and improved bottoming resistance.
Shock Option 1: Gold Valve Shock Conversion
Race Tech offers two options to improve your GL1800's rear suspension. The first option improves the stock shock's performance by installing a Gold Valve Conversion Kit along with a proper rate RT Hi-Performance Spring. This is the most cost effective option and includes a Gold Valve to create a plush feel over bumps, with increased bottoming resistance, and a personalized setup.
The GL1800 Shock Conversion also includes our Hydraulic Preload Adjuster Upgrade, replacing the line on the stock Preload Adjuster. We have found it is common for the stock line to expand causing the adjuster to become ineffective. The replacement increases response of the adjuster and improves the consistency of your ride and preload adjustment.
CORE CHARGE - We have stock shocks at Race Tech. To save down-time we can revalve, respring and do the Hydraulic Preload Adjuster Upgrade to one of these shocks and send it to you before you take your shock off your bike. We will charge you a core charge of $100 until we receive your stock shock.
Shock Option 2: G3-S Custom Series Shock
The second option is a complete G3-S Custom Series Shock. These shocks include an external Rebound Adjuster and come with Gold Valve and Hi-Performance Spring; valved and sprung specifically for the rider. Every G3-S Shock is 100% Guaranteed to improve the performance of your motorcycle's suspension.
Hydraulic Preload Adjuster Upgrade is available for the GL1800 G3-S Custom Shock for $94.98. We have found it is common for the stock line to expand causing the adjuster to become mushy. This upgrade replaces the rubber hose on the stock Preload Adjuster with a braided stainless steel hose. This upgrade includes oil and labor and dramatically improves adjuster response.
CORE CHARGE - Since we need to rebuild your stock electric hydraulic preload adjuster we keep rebuilt adjusters in stock. To eliminate additional down-time we offer an exchange program for your shock. We temporarily charge a fully-refundable "core charge" of $100 until we receive your stock shock. We check your adjuster to make sure it is operating correctly and then refund your core charge.
NOTE: we have solutions for older model GLs as well. Please call.
Replacement Fork Tubes
TNK Fork Tubes are OEM quality replacements for Touring motorcycles. They are the highest quality and generally significantly less expensive than the original equipment. These tubes are made from the best materials and are available with color options.