PROJECT CX500: Progressive 412 Rear Shocks

Rear Suspension Update:
Progressive Suspension 412 Series Shocks

The CX500 build is an ever evolving platform. I ride the bike daily around the city so it's both out of necessity and desire. Considering it started as a budget build there wasn't a lot of money thrown at the systems one might want to upgrade for improved performance - like suspension and braking. I'm slowly beginning to give attention to these areas on the bike when I've got time.

First up is that rear suspension. The shocks that used to be on there were far too stiff, and just plain shitty. I think they were Emgo units but I couldn't verify because they had no markings on them. I got to talking with David Z. over at Progressive Suspension about a new set up for the rear.

On Progressive's site they list the 412-4211C shock for a CX500 which is a 13" shock with a 90/130 spring rate and a 3.89" stroke.
I was looking for a 1" drop in the rear so I ran through their catalog and picked out the 412-4049B/C models. They're a 12.00" length with a 3.01 stroke and 90/130 rate. Meaning the shocks are an inch shorter but have a .88" shorter stroke and an identical spring rate. They come in Black and Chrome I believe. I've removed the dust covers from mine. So far I love them. The ride comfort is amazing yet still sporty. They're allowing me to go for much longer rides without ass-fatigue.

I know there are a lot of other CX owners that follow the blog so just sharing the info. :)

TRIP PREP: Stage 2 - Emgo Universal Low Rise Bars

In further preparation for our upcoming trip around Lake Michigan I've swapped out the clubman bars for some Emgo Universal low rise units. I decided I didn't feel like cafe racing it 800 miles around the lake. I've only taken the bike out for about 30 minutes since the swap but the comfort and control over the clubmans is astounding. I may never go back, but if I do I think it will be for some clip-ons. 

TRIP PREP: Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires

Making some updates to the CX500 in preparation for our camping trip around Lake Michigan come August 3rd. First stage is better performing rubber. I've been riding on these Shinko 705's for a couple weeks now and they're just worlds better then the Dunlop K70's. They just fall into corners so effortlessly and grip like hell. 

Front: 110/80-19
Rear: 120/80-18

ART&DESIGN: Ian Galvin CX500 Illustrated Prints

Moto-Mucci Honda CX500 Illustration

Now up for sale in the webstore are these limited edition prints by Designer / Illustrator Ian Galvin, depicting the Moto-Mucci Honda CX500. Only 50 prints will be made, each one hand numbered by the artist. Posters are 12x18" format printed on heavy 100 lbs. paper.
Get yours here.