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so whats the ride quality of the octane. do ya feel all the bumps in the road or is it relatively smooth. I noticed the back suspension has 3.7 inches of travel. that's quite a bit considering its a performance oriented bike. I have a road king, but, it doesn't have that much travel on its rear suspension. it has rear air shocks but only 3 inches of travel. all help is appreciated!
 

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It’s definitely something I’ve struggled with. If you put the preload on its highest setting you will feel every bump. If you leave it on it’s lowest setting, your back end will slide out too easily if you ride hard at all.

I’ve heard from many that the piggy back shocks make a pretty big difference, but those are getting difficult to locate. I have the back rest on mine also, and when I lean back and ride, the bumps kind of go right up into the spine- not great. If you are a shorter person with the stock bars and lean more forward when you ride, it’s much better.

Ironically, my dad has a Road King with the air shocks, so I’m familiar with those as well. The Road King gets down the road smoother, provided you have air in those things. The Octane really isn’t designed for comfort or long rides, in general. Much more challenging for me is the wind pull on my body and helmet at Interstate speeds.

Having said all of that, I’ve done a 1200 mile weekend on my Octane and loved every second.
 

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thanks for your reply. I had a boardwalk, and its beach bars, made ya fight the wind pushing against your upper body all the time. I am trying to get away from this heavy road king. its ok on the highways, but araound town its like driving a tank. plus the twin cam puts out sooooooo much heat. in the summer in town riding is miserable at best. again thank you very much for your timely replyand, info. take care, and ride safe!
 
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