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....I snow ski and I can tell you from experience that riding with mid-controls on a Sporty imitates a snow skier being aggressive in the turns. You have to put your weight forward so that your shoulders and knees are slightly in front of your toes to make the turn. It is exactly the same physics. I've only had one crash in my 55+ years of riding and that was on a cruiser with forward controls in a very sharp turn. If you want an extreme example of having control, watch the racers with their rear controls and upper bodies way forward, just like the slalom ski racers.
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I don't have any issue with controlling the bike with forward controls. Not at all. BUT, I'm not sure if I like them. After 2 hours, my feet want to fall off off of them. I end up putting my ankles on top of the pegs for a bit to rest and stretch.

They also are in the way of things... like 2-1 pipes, and, I needed a slim air cleaner because of long legs and big feet. ( I have trouble getting to the brake pedal with a big air cleaner)

I'd like to try a two hour ride with mid controls to see if the comfort/fit is better.
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First of all, I noticed something about highways pegs on the crash bar. I was following a rider who took a sharp turn onto an entrance ramp to the interstate and came within an inch of hitting his highway peg on the concrete divider. I don't even know if he was aware that he almost crashed with his lady friend on the back. I never considered highway pegs before but I see them as an extreme safety hazard now.
i can see how that could be a problem!
mine point out from the crash bar,
but i could point them in on the crash bar i guess if i wanted too.
i almost never use them anyway.

next year i think the crash bar is coming off.
its my first bike in 20 years, so i left it on this season.
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FWIW I’ve always preferred mids on a Sportster, although I’ve ridden Big Twins and flatheads with footboards and liked them.

I do find that even for someone my height (5’8”) there isn’t a lot of legroom. You have to remember that Sportsters went down the “chopper seat” path in the 1970s and lost around 2” of legroom, which they couldn’t afford, then or now.
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I like mids despite being 6'1&1/2" with 34" legs. did a 300 mile trip from Essex to Lancashire last year no problem & a 370 mile day the year before. The Mustang wide vintage seat sits me up a bit and further back
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My current seat is the stock solo seat for my 2005 Sporty. I'm pretty sure it is wider and thicker than the newer stock solo seats. If I ever replace it, it will be with the Mustang that looks identical to it and has the same measurements. I can ride all day with no back or butt problems at all.
However, I can't ride any bike with forward controls because the slouching position forces my lower back into a position that kills my herniated disc and flares up my sciatica. I've tried several different brands and sizes of bikes with forwards and always have to cry "uncle" in about 20 minutes. It's a good thing I prefer mid-controls because that is all I am physically capable of riding.
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rigid frame with a springer has forwards. this bike cant corner without skipping the rear tire across the pavement. its for going slow and chilling.
hammer bike is all balls and rides high off the pavement. couldnt carve like it does with forwards, so mids it is.
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It is called the "Leap for Life", and you cannot do it with forward controls.
The guy "did not see me", and I T-Boned him. I jumped and went over the hood, my bike was under his front end. When you go down, the bike is not your friend.
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I too thiink that mids are important for max control - but 99% of the time, I don't need max control - I need good-to-great control and my hiway pegs provide that...

And, like BobF mentioned early in this old thread, I shift with the back of my boot...


(see this thread: http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1915653)

When riding forward controls (a couple short rides) my legs felt like they were working to keep my feet from falling off (maybe they could be adjusted better for my 30" inseam ???)...


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