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The forwards on the Sportster do not seem very far forward to me, but I like them just fine.
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Tried forward controls on a bike at the dealer. If I can reach the foot controls, I can’t reach the handlebars, If I can reach the handlebars, I can’t reach the foot controls. Mid controls are perfect for me!
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Tried forward controls on a bike at the dealer. If I can reach the foot controls, I can’t reach the handlebars, If I can reach the handlebars, I can’t reach the foot controls. Mid controls are perfect for me!
Same here. I rode my buddy's XL1200C with forwards for a short ride. I have short arms and legs. I felt like I was back in high school doing sit-ups to touch my toes. It was painful. I couldn't wait to get back to my XL883 standard with mid-controls. Both bikes have the same handlebars. However, his larger 4.5 gallon gas tank made me sit about an inch farther back. My sciatica flared up for weeks after that short ride.
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Current ironhead has forwards on it and coupled with the rigid rear end, I wish it had mids so I could stand up and save my spine when going over manholes and railroad crossings. And speedbumps, crowned intersections, the transition curb between a driveway and the street, those thick thermoplastic parking lot stripes, leaves, etc etc.
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Current ironhead has forwards on it and coupled with the rigid rear end, I wish it had mids so I could stand up and save my spine when going over manholes and railroad crossings. And speedbumps, crowned intersections, the transition curb between a driveway and the street, those thick thermoplastic parking lot stripes, leaves, etc etc.
Oh yeah, I forgot about that! There are a few dips in the roads near my house as well as a railroad crossing, that bounce my butt at least an inch or more off my seat. Using my legs as extra shocks comes natural from my younger days of riding dirt bikes, with and without motors. When I approach tight turns in the mountain twisties, I can lean forward and attack them with confidence. There is no way I could do that on my previous bikes with forwards, even before I had back problems. Now I can ride all day on any kind of roads in complete comfort and confidence with my mids.
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What do you prefer and why?
Well as I get older I find mid's to be easier on my back especially if I want to slice through the wind effortlessly without a windshield. Forward controls allows you to stretch your legs quit a but, there is a trade off. Your back will take a hit not to mention the wind will try to peel you off the bike.
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Food for thought. I still have mid pegs on my bike and have fwd controls. I posted earlier about my fwd controls. I left the mid pegs on for some of the reasons a lot of you have mentioned. Pot holes RR tracks and just having another position to move my legs to on long rides. Some people think it looks funny but I pay them no mind. Once crossing a set of RR tracks I was going way to fast and jumped them. Only having my fwd controls at the time. I came up off the seat and came back down on the hard part of it where a back rest could be mounted. Man did that hurt. Had to have my wife take a look at my back side. She took a look and just busted up laughing I had a quarter size bruise on my tailbone. Mid pegs went back on the bike as soon as I could walk right again.


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Food for thought. I still have mid pegs on my bike and have fwd controls. I posted earlier about my fwd controls. I left the mid pegs on for some of the reasons a lot of you have mentioned. Pot holes RR tracks and just having another position to move my legs to on long rides. Some people think it looks funny but I pay them no mind. Once crossing a set of RR tracks I was going way to fast and jumped them. Only having my fwd controls at the time. I came up off the seat and came back down on the hard part of it where a back rest could be mounted. Man did that hurt. Had to have my wife take a look at my back side. She took a look and just busted up laughing I had a quarter size bruise on my tailbone. Mid pegs went back on the bike as soon as I could walk right again.

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Tail bone bruises are nothing to take lightly, I bruised my 'Coccyx ' in a car crash and it took almost 3mos for me to be able to drive even a car without it smarting. The ER doctor said even if I had broken it, theres no way to do anything about it except let it heal.....ouch I've felt your pain.
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I broke my tibia head in ‘06 and now have a huge chunk of Ti in there with 9 screws and a fair share of wire. At 6’2” my legs are just folded up too tight on mids. I miss them when I spot something in the road I don’t want throwing me out of the seat and want my weight on my legs. As things are now I grab a bunch of handlebar and pray they don’t slip. As far as comfort on reasonably good roads my forwards work well.
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