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I've been riding since 1964 and I've only wrecked once on pavement which was about 15 years ago. I place most of the blame on myself for relaxing too much on a beautiful day in the mountain twisties. However, I place part of the blame on my forwards because I just couldn't react in time like I could on my previous mids. I felt like was on a Lazy Boy and I just couldn't get the bike to do what I wanted from that position. I rode home with no serious injury to me but my handlebar was shaped like a number 7, my tank had a severe dent and scrape, and my windshield looked like it was attacked by a grinder for a very long time.

Like I said before as a snow skier, the last thing you want to do for control is to sit back on the skis. The farther forward, the better handling. If you want the best handling, you have to lean forward and be aggressive. Watch any ski race or any motorcycle race. Vertical from the waist up with level shoulders and all the movement is below the waist, sort of like sitting on a rocking beach ball. Love it!
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I've only put about 100miles on my 99 1200S with forwards, so I really can't give too much of an opinion. One of my 'wish list' items looking for a sporty was forward controls, even tho I had never ridden a bike with forwards. The riding position of my Virago is a little awkward for me, and this is coming from a vertically challenged guy at 5'5". Even after only 100 miles, I'm kind of leaning towards Boomers experience. My reaction time seems to be off, I was just chalking it up to being something different. I do love having my legs straight out, especially on longer rides. I'll give them a try this summer, if they don't work out, I'll keep an eye out for mids.
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I've only put about 100miles on my 99 1200S with forwards, so I really can't give too much of an opinion. One of my 'wish list' items looking for a sporty was forward controls, even tho I had never ridden a bike with forwards. The riding position of my Virago is a little awkward for me, and this is coming from a vertically challenged guy at 5'5". Even after only 100 miles, I'm kind of leaning towards Boomers experience. My reaction time seems to be off, I was just chalking it up to being something different. I do love having my legs straight out, especially on longer rides. I'll give them a try this summer, if they don't work out, I'll keep an eye out for mids.
With mids or fowards, you could add a "crash" bar with highway pegs (foot rests) installed where you like on them. I think you could also add them to the front downtubes of the frame -- not sure.
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I've got long legs, 34" inseam. Sportster mids make for a "knees under my chin" awkwardness. Forwards work. My R9T has aftermarket rearsets and lower, narrower, farther forward bars. A naked sportbike set-up that works well on it. Variety is nice.
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Is that you Charlie? I have had both now and went back to the forwards.....just more comfortable for my knees. I do need to get a backrest though.
Yup, and I am looking forward, not mids, to cruising XL style with you soon.
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I have to use mid-controls because of my lower back problems but even if I could use forward controls, I can barely reach some of the extreme (to me) far-forward controls on some of the newest Big Twins. I don't think most of today's motorcycle companies get it. In an effort to "look cool", they are losing sales to those of us who have shorter inseams. The seat is low enough but I think they would sell more bikes if they would offer options with foot pegs or foot boards that are mid, forward and far-forward.
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I prefer FWD controls. Its just more comfortable for me on long rides . Im not a canyon carve so I tend to take the twisties low and slow and enjoy the view. Freeway riding I am more aggressive and defensive to keep away from cagers. Also the fwd controls make it feel like Im sitting inside the bike and not on top of it if that makes any sense to anyone. Im only 5'4 but the controls I have fit me really well.
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Wow, 272 votes and it's split 50/50.
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I prefer FWD controls. Its just more comfortable for me on long rides . Im not a canyon carve so I tend to take the twisties low and slow and enjoy the view. Freeway riding I am more aggressive and defensive to keep away from cagers. Also the fwd controls make it feel like Im sitting inside the bike and not on top of it if that makes any sense to anyone. Im only 5'4 but the controls I have fit me really well.
I know exactly what you mean. It's also why I like my seat. I sit in it, not on it.
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Well I got rear sets, just saying, so I get no vote.
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