Air ride suspension technology has been around for quite some time. Air shocks on a vehicle—be it a car, truck or motorcycle—adjust up or down with a button using compressed air. That’s the simple explanation.
Legend Air Suspensions knows women, as the shorter/smaller gender, have the toughest time getting their feet down on the ground on motorcycles, so the company wants to make sure women riders know about their product. For several years now, company representatives have been trying to get me to ride one of their motorcycles outfitted with air shocks. Last year, during the Sturgis Rally, my schedule finally allowed me the time to test ride a motorcycle outfitted with Legend Air Suspensions shocks—and the bike happened to belong to the owner of the company, Jesse Jurrens.
In the two photos below, I’m sitting on Jesse’s Harley-Davidson FLH Standard. One photo has the suspension slammed as low as it will go; the other photo has it filled with air so the bike is higher, with more ground clearance. Can you tell which one is which? It’s hard to tell by looking at my legs because, at 5-foot-7, I’m on the tall side for a woman, and so my legs are bent in both shots. But a good gauge of the difference in seat height is to see where the top of my head lands in relation to the display board behind me.
I met up with one of Legend Air Suspensions’ most satisfied customers, Tami Walker, who owns Diva Customs, a motorcycle accessories shop in Virginia Beach, Va.
The entire Legend Air Suspensions system sells for $1,600, so this is a bit of a commitment. But as Tami says, you could end up spending that much or more trying out different aftermarket seats or other suspension systems that don’t quite get you down low enough.
Homegrown mechanics can install the kit themselves. Legend has a five-step plug and play wiring system that makes it easy for those who know what they’re doing to install the system. Others will want to bring the kit to their dealer. I’m told installation averages two hours. For more information, visit LegendSuspensions.com.