Traxxion Dynamics Mega Monty Suspension Upgrade – Behind the Scenes

I came across Max McAllister of Traxxion Dynamics on YouTube a few years ago, and watched his videos on the GL1800 suspension.  And I had to agree with Max’s observations about the stock suspension as delivered from Honda.  Goldwing riders come in all shapes and sizes, and in that regard, the stock suspension leaves plenty of room for improvement.

My experience mirrored his – the harshness in the forks, the bottoming over large bumps, the preload adjuster on the rear shock that doesn’t have a full effective range, and the stock triple clamps that allow the front fork to flex.  Max’s videos are shown below.

About two years ago, I installed their fork clamp and it did help to reduce (but not eliminate) the flexing, but the other suspension issues remained.

So, this summer I made the decision to upgrade the suspension.  I went with the full upgrade, called the Mega Monty Kit, which includes their cartridge kit for the front forks, new seals and bushings, new rear shock, billet aluminum triple clamps and tapered steering head ball bearings.  This is a behind the scenes look at the upgrade.  The video was not sponsored – I’m just happy with the results and wanted to share my experience. 

Kudos to Max for building a great product (in America! – Let’s Go Brandon!). My bike now handles phenomenally – no more bottoming out the shocks, no wallowing, no fork flex. The difference is like night and day.

 

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2021 I-75 Chrome Shop

The 2021 Leesburg Bikefest was postponed until the Fall, so I traveled a few miles further down the road to Wildwood, FL where I photographed and filmed my first custom truck show at the 75 Chrome Shop.  It was their largest ever with over 160 trucks on display.  Wow – impressive and fun!!

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Daytona Bike Week 2021

My latest video is now live! Enjoy a compilation of sights and sounds filmed over 5 days of Daytona Bike Week 2021. See custom bikes at the Pavilion at Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson, The Broken Spoke Saloon, Beaver Bar and the Boardwalk Bike Show. The video includes the Wall of Death show and burnout pit at the Iron Horse Saloon, live music, and plenty of people watching on Main Street. Please like, share and subscribe to the FocusOnTheRide YouTube channel. Thanks for watching!

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Bike Week 2020 at the Speedway

I was going through some footage that I shot last year and came across enough from the Speedway to put together another short video.  Hope you enjoy it.  Please like, subscribe and share!  

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New Air Filter

I love my ‘Wing, but all this just to replace the air filter. Sigh…

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Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson

Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson in Ormond Beach is a must-stop during Bike Week.  This dealership is enormous.  Two stories with an escalator!  It feels like the Macys of motorcycle dealerships.  Welcoming and helpful staff.  Huge selection of bikes.  Giant windows (like a car wash) to view the service department and watch the technicians work.  There’s a snack bar in the service department waiting area.  And a barbershop.  No kidding. 

And if you’re looking for a gift for an H-D lover, there is enough branded merchandise in this place to guarantee a successful shopping trip.  Come to think of it, nearly everything is H-D branded.  I might have seen some third-party products in the parts department that were not, but that’s about it.  Clothing, footwear, helmets, hats and scarves, chairs, signs, jewelry, lighters, cups, cocktail glasses, poker chips, diecast toys, dog toys, dartboards, ping pong and billiard balls, Legos(!), lunch boxes, automotive accessories, phone charging cables, luggage, backpacks, purses, knives, footballs, clocks, watches and more.  It wasn’t on display this year but a few years ago there was an H-D foosball table with black and orange men.  Enjoy the video and check out the gallery below too!

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I’ve launched my YouTube Channel!

I’ve officially launched my FocusOnTheRide YouTube channel about motorcycle events, long-distance touring and do-it-yourself projects. These two videos were shot during Daytona Bike Week.  If you’re like most of us and stuck at home, enjoy the entertainment and short diversion! If you were at Daytona, enjoy the memories.  I’ve got one or two more coming from additional footage, so be sure to subscribe and click the bell to be notified when new videos are posted.  If you enjoy them please hit the like button, share and leave a comment. 

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It’s been two weeks since Bike Week ended.

How our worlds have changed in the 2 weeks since Bike Week ended.  We talked about Coronavirus during the event, but the magnitude of the pandemic had yet to be grasped.  I heard a report that at least one attendee had been infected, but later was told that the individual became ill while traveling to Daytona but ended up in St John’s County about an hour north and didn’t make it to Daytona.  With so many people gathered in one place (and many visiting from the Northeast), it’s highly probably that some carried the virus. 

But it’s been two weeks and I’m fine and symptom free and and grateful to have had the opportunity to enjoy the event.  Unfortunately, it will be a long time before we are all able to gather together again like that, whether at Daytona or any of the other great bike rallies that take place around the country.  I hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy.

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Daytona Bike Week 2020

Daytona Bike Week was the inaugural event for me to capture content to launch my new YouTube and Instagram channels.  With so much going on, there was plenty to film – Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, Dixie Highway, Main Street and the Boardwalk Custom Bike Show.

I’ve got a little bit more work to do to finish up the videos, but they will be on YouTube and Instagram shortly.  In the meantime, enjoy the gallery below containing photos from the bike show.

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I’m Back

Things have been incredibly busy the past two years. We began renovating our home at the beginning of 2018 and are finally done. I did the majority of the work myself and it consumed virtually all of my free time – nearly every weekend and plenty of “vacation” days.

My neighbor came by one day, looked at my Goldwing parked in the garage and said “If I had a nice bike like yours, I’d be out riding it”. Ouch.

I did manage to squeeze in several trips, but never got around to adding them to my blog. Leesburg Bike Fest, a Mid-Atlantic trip with my wife that took us north to the Outer Banks and on to the Shenandoah National Park and back south on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. And most recently a wonderful 4-day Blue Ridge Parkway trip with my daughter (and occasional riding partner) Courtney.

Also, I recently discovered some photos of a long weekend spent riding in the North Carolina mountains, a day trip to Darien, Georgia, and a ride north on the Natchez Trace that ended with a visit with our oldest daughter in Nashville and another daughter and son-in-law in Atlanta.

With the house project now completed, I can catch up on documenting my trips and enjoying new ones. I’ll soon be adding posts for those past trips and more (Daytona Bike Week 2020 is coming up in one week!). Look for plenty of new photos.

And I have much more planned. More about that in a future post…

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