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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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