Harley Premium Ride SuspensionDesigned and developed on the Harley-Davidson Arizona Proving Grounds test track, new Premium Ride suspension components for Harley-Davidson Dyna motorcycle models work together to deliver enhanced handling performance and comfort.
Premium Ride Emulsion Shocks (P/N 54000066, $599.95) are nitrogen gas-charged to resist oil aeration and work with the internal valve stack to provide superior compression and rebound damping control.The 36mm pistons and low-viscosity high-performance oil allow these shocks to react quickly to small bumps and keep the tires in contact with the road surface for confident, controlled handling.A wider pre-load range offers more load capacity than Original Equipment shocks. Use the locking threaded adjustment to fine-tune spring preload to the riding situation – from a solo back-road blitz to a fully-loaded two-up freeway tour.Urethane bumpers cushion bottoming under load. These shocks are finished with black-anodized billet top caps and black progressively-wound springs. The kit includes a left and right shock and a preload adjustment spanner. It fits 2006-later Dyna models (except Switchback and 2007-‘08 CVO Fat Bob models).The Premium Ride Single Cartridge Fork Kit (P/N 45400058, $349.95) is tuned to work in concert with the Premium Emulsion Rear Shocks. Fork damping is controlled by a specifically calibrated piston and valve stack that delivers a linear damping force curve for consistent feel throughout the compression and extension of the suspension. With this cartridge the forks react more quickly to rough roads, inspiring rider confidence in sweeping corners.The compression piston provides excellent low-speed damping for a better rider feel, and the rebound spring provides a smoother feel during topping. The cartridge fork resists bottoming and dive, and the triple-rate spring and oil lock allows the forks to absorb bumps and resist wheel hop for improved control under hard braking.An easy upgrade to add during the installation of chrome or gloss black accessory lower fork sliders, the kit includes fork pipe, cartridge, fork bolts, main springs and oil seals. It fits 2006-later Dyna models (except Switchback, Wide Glide and 2007-‘08 CVO Fat Bob models).For additional information, visit www.h-d.com.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!