Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rhode Island
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I love the look of the Wide Glides, but, at 5'8", I'm a bit concerned that the WG's forward controls may be a bit of a stretch for me. (My pants inseam is about 30/31").
I guess 5'8" is not short, but I'm not tall, either. I have read a few posts where taller guys like the Wide Glide, because the forward controls give them lots of leg room, plus the forwards can be extended even more forward a bit with slight modification. But can forward controls also be adjusted rearward with slight modification?
I recently sat on a Wide Glide and it felt reasonably comfortable, especially the mini-ape handlebars, but I did not get to ride it, which would have been the true test of whether the WG's foot controls will 'work' for me.
The only Harley (or any other bike, for that matter) I've ridden that had forward controls was an '02 Sportster. It felt a bit strange at first, but I quickly got used to it and now prefer forwards to mid controls ... I'm just concerned whether the WG's controls may be a bit much of a stretch.
I am the same height as you and I have ridden my kids 2010 WG.. I find the brake a bit of a reach. The air cleaner is in the way for me. The shifter is no problem at all. I have a street bob with mid controls and I can't wait to put forward controls on. Legs get way to cramped with the mids..