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Old 26th March 2020
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I'm to fat to rock mid controls.
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More than once I had to stand or lean on the pegs for control on sand, mud, deep water, hail, tracks. Fowards hurt my back
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More than once I had to stand or lean on the pegs for control on sand, mud, deep water, hail, tracks. Fowards hurt my back
Likewise. There is a deep spot in the road on the way back to my house that if I hit it fast enough, it knocks the wind out of me. Just before I hit it, I gently take most of the weight off my rear by standing on my mid's and no more problem. My sciatica has not returned since I switched back to a bike with mid-controls. Love 'em!!!!
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Searching for the brackets to switch my bobber back to mids, I am hating the forwards on this thing.
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Mids are the best for a real comfortable ride, unless you're over 6' then maybe you need a bigger bike (with mids).
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Mids for sure, with forwards you can cut corners or lean your bike too much.
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For me mids are for comfort. I used to ride bikes with forward controls and highway bars that had my legs stretched out straight. Now I have knee and hip joint problems, and my legs need more support. I could still use forward controls if there was some kind of support right about under my knees. But having my legs straight and completely unsupported gets painful in a hurry. However, there is one thing that's even worse, and that is the extreme rearsets on crotch rockets. I have never owned a crotch rocket, just not my kind of thing. But a friend talked me into riding his several years ago, a GSXR600. I rode it about 10 miles, and decided to pull into as parking lot, turn around and go back. I had a terrible time getting my feet off the pegs, and when I finally did, I found my legs were completely numb. I rode around in first gear for several minutes with my feet almost touching the ground until the feeling returned. I called the guy and told him he had to come and get the bike because there was no way I was riding it back.
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I would have said mud before experiencing forward with apes for the first time yesterday. I'm hooked, can't explain it (always looked like it would be uncomfortable and thought it would be necessary to get used to, but as soon as my hands were somewhat over my feet the awkwardness was gone, instantly ...... it's like your pulling the bike with your whole body and not just arms and knees (if your a tank hugger with mids, I am, I like the feeling of a solid grip on my shadow) ..... it's really hard for me to wrap my head around.

Do you have the luxury of friends with both options, or credit for a "test ride" or two at a shop (idk if there are any stock forwards though, definitely no stock apes with, like I siad, really completed the pucture)

Anyways, I prefer forwards, you do you and I hope you figure out what that is as cheaply as possible. But as someone who's tried both and learned to ride with controls under me and a total bias against them until I tried them, I feel like I can offer a perspective

(anyone who's never tried one or the other doesn't really know what they like. But people can be stubborn and bull headed, and there's the confidence vs competence curve to consider. I'd ignore any post made by people who've never tried both or are who are boldly proclaiming one better than the other.)

As far as the decreased lean mentioned above, they bend, install them the right way your taking away a negligible angle and adding a layer of protection (as in a dump she can slide on the blocks the pegs pivot on instead of the case ...... saved our bike I do believe, at least a contributing factor as one us significant bent (still totally functional though, another pro is interchangeability. Any peg fits forwards, but mids are often unique ro their set up)

Just my two pieces of shiny rock, you'll find what's best, if you keep an open mind.

I will conceed the point about using knees as shocks though, a very common habit on my shadow. I will have to see if I can pull myself up ...... that's a really good point though, I'll let you know how that goes (as said, very new to forwards but I love them)
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Neither are perfect for me. I would like something in between. Forward controls don't give me enough leg support, and mid controls are too far back. I like to have a 90 degree bend in my knees on a bike. But mids come closer to what I need, so that's what I have.

I absolutely will not ride a bike with floorboards and a heel and toe shifter. I tried it once. It made the bike feel several hundred pounds heavier. It no longer handled like a motorcycle is supposed to. Never again.
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I have seen in a wish book the Motor Company has come up with pegs that can be positioned in 4 or 5 different 'reaches'. My knees don't bend enough for mid's.

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