I know that suspension in general has been touched upon through various threads, and I've read through a bunch of them. I'm hoping to hear some updated info and opinions on some good setups for the V7 range, particularly a 2012 Classic if anyone else has done that. I adore my Classic bits to bolts, but the ride really is as harsh as I've read it to be. On smooth pavement, it's not a real issue other than occasional jitters that seem to come from nowhere ( road imperfections, or rough tires maybe? Pittsburgh potholes are awful on tires ). But even little bumps and expansion joints launch me out of my seat if I'm moving at speed, and it jars my eyeballs.
So I'm curious to know what other V7 owners have replaced their rear shocks (and possibly front forks) with, a rough idea of how much they invested in the new setup (I'm a 20-something with student loans and a small budget), and how well it's held up over time. Just something to soften the ride and take the edge off would be nice.
Also worth noting, I'm very short with short legs. I have the stock shocks lowered as low as they'll go, which probably explains some of the harshness. Any higher though, and I won't reach the ground comfortably. So the new setup can't raise the ride height beyond what it is now (I've also got the lowered comfort gel seat, which is still granite-like, but supportive).
Thanks for any advice! I plan on keeping the bike forever and doing some serious touring with it, so any improvement would be much appreciated.