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. :)