I stand corrected, the dummy plugs are only for weather protection. Front and rear Traxxion shocks do not have adjustable damping, Wilbers shocks do.
I've used Wilbers in the past and they are a premium shock absorber system, the only one that is better is Ohlins but I'm basing my comments on my sportbike and BMW K bike background. All we hear about is Traxxion and I'm sure they make great stuff but I'd like being able to adjust the suspension, especially when I have my wife o the back.I'm thinking of improving the suspension on my 2018 and the obvious choice after reading this forum is the Traxxion package. However, I really would like to keep the Electronic Suspension feature of the stock Goldwing, and I know Traxxion promotes their non-adjustable system as completely adequate for all situations (really?) and the Honda system so simple that it is almost useless.
I've been talking to a local suspension shop (in Canada) and they have available the Wilbers package which integrates completely with the Honda electronics so suspension damping and preload remains adjustable. Wilbers has been around a long time and have lots of experience with ESA for BMW bikes, and now available for the Goldwing. The Honda driver motor attaches directly to the top of their shocks and the valving provides a wider range of adjustment than the stock Showa shock has.
This shop also sells Penske shocks (that Traxxion uses) so I can go that route for slightly less money, either way the springs and shock settings would be tailored to my weight and riding habits.
I haven't read any ride reports comparing the Wilbers to Traxxion or Showa, but apparently they have been available and in use in Europe for a while now. Maybe someone with great googling skills can find a ride report and link it here?
Thanks for investigating these options. I am really looking forward to your findings and report.Trigger pulled. Front and rear Wilbers suspension on its way. I expect 2-3 weeks and I will report back with a ride report.
No, I haven't tried the Traxxion shocks, but from reading reports I'm sure it works quite well. I am very happy with the Hyperpro system on my Super Tenere and was waiting for them to come out with ESA shocks for the 1833 but Wilbers beat them to it.Awesome Garry! Hey, have you already ridden the Traxxion set up? I'm looking forward to your review.
For me, the problem is two fold. One, I only have room for one bike ( I have three) so I need to have one that will doo everything it can possibly do. Two, I'm limited in funds, so having a versatile bike saves on cash spent.I have a Very Honest question I want to ask. I'm not being a Troll.. I really want to know the reasoning behind wanting to stiffen up the 6th Gen Wing. It can't be becuse it does not handle well.. is this not "The Bike" (Especially the DCT) to sit back, cruise and enjoy the scenery? I just don't understand why after spending what we spend on these Plush units the desire to turn around and spend thousands more to make it stiffer like a Sports Tourer..(BMW and Concours come to mind) after seeing this video:which imo, pushes the Wing beyond anything I could have ever imagined it being capable of doing.. I just want to get a feel for why you bought this bike if what you see in the video (should you choose to watch) is not more than enough for a Luxo-Touring Machine that this 6th Gen Wing is. Thanks for any input you can provide.