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I have an 1800 C and slowly getting it tuned to my body for longer rides. Done several 600 milers with the 6"risers, Mean City seat fix, Shure/IPOD plugs, JoeRocket leather and chaps, and it all makes for a better 12 hour ride but I know the longer rides will be earier if I can move my legs and feet around.

IronButts, which is better, putting on floor boards which sort of puts you in a seated position or highway pegs that puts you in a more lounge chair position? I like the clean look of the C so I do not want to put both on at the same time. Any suggestions as whichone to try first? :mcrider:
 

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I was wondering this one myself. I ride a 1300C and find it comfy fro long hauls. I do on occasion rest my feet ont he rear pegs, crotch rocket style for a dozen or so miles, then back to the pegs.

I don't like having my feet stretched out too far, the wind hitting them somehow makes my inner thighs sore from holding my feet out there against the wind. I find it more comfy to have my feet in a very natural position than stretched out forwards.

Now, back to the original question, I would think boards to be better as they would offer multiple positions just from the sheer size of them, but I would have to get some that are easy to put on and take off as I don't like the looks of them.

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That's a great question!

Of the cruisers that I've seen at IBA and MTF gatherings I'd say it's a 50-50 split.

For me, I started with pegs 40 years ago and it's a hard habit to break. I like to be able to point my toes down and up and out etc. But, I have experienced some discomfort on long rides in my heals. After a bit of research I found a good compromise.

I'd put Kuryakyn large ISO pegs on my almost the day I brought it home. So, I added the ISO stirrups http://www.hondadirectlineusa.com/stores/product.asp?pid=5112&str=1&ID=465424903. They are delightful. All the flexibility of peg plus a great little spot for the heals.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Jim

PS: I did also add a set of these http://www.hondadirectlineusa.com/stores/product.asp?pid=1612&str=1&ID=465425005 so I could stretch my legs now and then.
 

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Floor boards vs pegs

I have an 1800 R and like the boards. I have had other bikes with pegs, but the main thing is to be able to place your feet at different locations. Bottom line, boards are easier on your feet. Don
 

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:p Thanks for the replies. I am trying something this weekend. A short few hundred miles but I made my own "Running Boards" like on an old Ford truck. They stretch from the front pegs to the rear pegs and are attached to both with a hose clamp. They go on and off with the twist of a screwdriver.

Just riding a few miles they seem very utilitarian...another way of saying that they seem to work but look like crap!

Cost for the RUNNING BOARDS is a wooping $4.50 for the clamps and some scrap plywood.

If they feel good, the good news is that they can come off in two minutes and if they don't feel good, I can burn them and save the clamps!

I will let you know if it is worth the wood after this weekend!
 

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gstanfield said:
I was wondering this one myself. I ride a 1300C and find it comfy fro long hauls. I do on occasion rest my feet ont he rear pegs, crotch rocket style for a dozen or so miles, then back to the pegs.

I don't like having my feet stretched out too far, the wind hitting them somehow makes my inner thighs sore from holding my feet out there against the wind. I find it more comfy to have my feet in a very natural position than stretched out forwards.

Now, back to the original question, I would think boards to be better as they would offer multiple positions just from the sheer size of them, but I would have to get some that are easy to put on and take off as I don't like the looks of them.

George

Hey George,

I hang my lower calves right about my achillies over the pegs for long trips just to have another position other than just the rear pegs. Plus air blows up the legs and does make it cooler.


.....................twin

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Boards on my C. 1st set of boards and love 'em. 5200 miles in 7 days last month. One 1100 mile day with no accurate record keeping so no IBA but know I can do it. Next time I keep records.
 

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Twin, I do the same thing when I'm wearing my riding boots, but it hurts my ankles when I'm in my work boots (still havn't figured this one out yet)

I'm hoping to finally do a SS1000 here in a few weeks with my best friend and his 2006 Sportster1200.

George
 

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I've done long rides on boards (VTX1800R) and pegs (ST1300ABS). I really don't have a preference. I've scraped the boards a few times but not the pegs - yet.

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:p Thanks for the replies. I am trying something this weekend. A short few hundred miles but I made my own "Running Boards" like on an old Ford truck. They stretch from the front pegs to the rear pegs and are attached to both with a hose clamp. They go on and off with the twist of a screwdriver.
Oldxtreme, sounds like you might be on to something there, I did my first iron butt this summer, I put highway pegs on the crash bar and they worked really well for me. I could put my foot on the stock pegs, the highway pegs (and various in between position) and on the rear pegs. With my own "BadX" set mod (I did it myself), I was plenty comfortable all day, but I did find myself wishing I could rest my feet somewhere between the drivers pegs and the passenger pegs.
 

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highway pegs

I have never used floor boards before, but I CAN tell you that I am a very muscular, physical guy. I need to STRETCH occasionally, not just shift.

The highway pegs permit me to put my feet UP, and if I really want to relax, I put my HEELS up on top of the pegs... The only problem there is that my pant legs fill up with air!

I have never had any problems with long hauls. Having never gone over 200 miles on a trip, I went 1200 miles on my first day on my way to Sturgis. I put my feet up occasionally, but had no real problems ANYWHERE. Not my back, my legs, nor my throttle wrist (and I have SEVERE carpal tunnel syndrome).

I just relax and ride. but MOVING my legs occasionally is the option that I prefer.

Tim
 

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I bought my 1800C used and it came with Cobra floorboards attached. I have to admit that at first I hated them and it was going to be my first mod. I associated floorboards with old geezers (no offense to anyone :lol: ) but after riding with them for a while I found out that they are WAY more comfortable than pegs and I keep meaning to buy some pegs and brackets for it but I just can't seem to get rid of the floorboards, I have just learned to love them.
 

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I would defiantly say that floor boards front AND rear are the way to go.

More so than that is moving around, and switching positions. Windshields and fairings are for sissys. For long trips, find yourself a pack mule (cager) or pack super light with only a back pack (t-bags are great). That way, you can skip the middle man and just sit on the rear seat every once in a while too.

The cobra swept style ones look the best IMO. Especially scraping the pavement with some magnesium strips on the bottom of 'em.
 

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Hey there are two thing's you need on a VTX Floorboard's and a Mustang seat and then you can ride with the stock seat i could'nt ride 20 miles with out being tired now i know i can ride 450 miles at least
 
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