We had a long thread on this a while back, but I'd like to know some specifics from those who have these shocks. Do they take the harshness out of the the ride? After back surgery a year ago I find I'm not able to tolerate the shocks to my spine. I have a Cary Burgman seat which eliminates monkey butt but it's no help from the jarring suspension. I'm not particularly concerned about handling because I'm pretty happy with it as it is, but it appears that if I can't get the ride smoother I can't ride it for any distance.