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I feel that the stock suspension blows (to be blunt) I rebuilt my front forks and upgraded to Progressive springs (also adjusted the sag/the suspension sticky), traded out my 11 3/4" rear shocks to 13" progressive shocks and added a Mustang Solo seat. I can tell you it made a world of difference in both comfort and handling.

The rider position is a more individualized adjustment. I stuck with the stock bars as it didn't throw me to far forward and put pressure on my upper back and neck (like drag bars do) and I can't use apes because it causes my arms to go numb (shoulder problems). I actually like the forwards as it is easier on my bad knees (I know I am all F'D up) and keeps them from cramping as I have experienced on mids.

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The name "Softtail" is misleading. It means it looks like a hardtail but is actually a suspended tail section. I believe it only has about 3 1/2" of travel compared to 5" or 6" of travel on your Sporty. Softer shocks and slower speeds.
The rear on the new Softails is supposed to be 4.5" of travel. Which is more than the big touring bikes have.
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This very well could be part of the problem, I have fowards And drag bars with the stock seat.
I would also highly suggest experimenting with better shocks and seat/foot position. I have experienced positions on my sportster from unbearable to riding cross country in relative comfort

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F.W.I.W., at 70 and bone on bone with three lower back vertebrae, compression fractures in the neck, loads of arthritis, oh, and a separated left shoulder I’m Still rocking my Sporties. 30,000 miles in 22 states last year before the crash in Ohio. Can’t do the bigger bikes, sit too upright and bumps go right up the spine. great suspension and Mustang for seats allows me extended road time. Don’t give up on your ?Sporty just yet.
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If you are looking for something that will help to absorb the road shocks from ruts, etc, that might be jarring for your back, then maybe consider a sprung solo seat. I mounted this one on my pan, simple because the ancient shocks were not particularly compliant. I have had a couple of solos on this bike, but the best by far is this one sourced from a HD Crossbones. The OEM Crossbones seats usually sell for around $200 on Ebay. They aren't as wide (only 17" at the widest point) as the larger Police style solos. Still not a "Sporty" looking seat, but you can't have everything. I used an amazingly well build stainless steel front hinge from Fabricator Kevin, then mounted up a set of 3" springs on the rear. This setup not only gives me a soft, comfortable seat but additionally helps to smooth out even the most "unexpected" potholes and ruts here in New England.

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My Sportster is a "S" or sport model. It has the adjustable fork and shocks. I'm working with changing the settings on both. I have gotten the rear working better and now I'm working on the front. I may be able to tune it, along with a better seat to be able to ride it for a while longer.
I did a really bad thing today, I went to the dealer and sat on one of the 2018 soft tail Fat Bobs, man that is a sweet machine.
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Suspension, seat, pegs & bars... Yep, each one helps determine riding position & your ability to handle road conditions... Each one can also prevent a comfortable ride when done wrong...


Since you have adjustable suspension, continue making fitting adjustments...

Mustang Seats are the most recommended replacments for comfort - I like my Vintage Solo Seat - which is 12.5" wide - Your choices in solo seats would be: Original Solo - 75703 - Width: 12.5" or Wide Touring Solo - 75758 - Width: 15.0" or other similar ones...

I also like having my stock mid-controls for foot positioning - I use hi-way bars to stretch forward as a standard position when riding - And I can still shift from the hi-way pegs...

I use curved risers with pull-back bars (buckhorns) - This puts the bars exactly at my hands when sitting in a relaxed position - This has me rather upright but also allows me to lean back and pull against the bars to help support my back...

Having alternate positioning is important on longer rides...

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I'd highly recommend mustang seats, the seat really functions almost like a suspension isolating you from vibrations, hits the suspension would send into your spine. It just puts you up higher in the wind, everything is a trade off.

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A mustang seat with a rider backrest may transform your whole ride. If you ride solo, try unloading the preload on your shocks for a softer ride.
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