To put it simply, they were smoother in the straights and more stable in the turns. These shocks were designed specifically for touring models, so they are set up for more weight, bigger bikes and riding two-up. Progressive's Frequency Sensing Technology means that this shock will be able to determine whether the bump your hitting is a large one or a small one, and dampen accordingly. The ring around the top of the shock is easily adjusted by hand and doesn't require any tools to fiddle with. This shock also sits an inch lower than most models stock shocks, both when riding and when on the kickstand.