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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Floorboards Regret

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I bought my black, chromed-out Thunderbird 1600 last August, and have been loving it, but I just can't shake the strangeness of the floorboards and heel/ toe shifter that were pre-installed on my floor model bike. They threw in the boards, wide handlebars, and other mods for "free," since they were already on the bike, so I think my bargain hunter mode at the time overpowered my inexperience with the whole floorboard thang.

Now, full disclosure, this is my first (and last?) cruiser, so the concept of sitting back with more forward controls was foreign to me from the get-go, and the floorboards and shifter make me feel more like a passenger than a rider. I've tried to love them, but I feel like I'm riding a boat, and afraid to scrape in turns to boot.

My question: should I switch back to stock pegs (or upgrades) over the floorboards and essentially "throw away" those add-ons? I'm sure labor and such will put me in the hole, but perhaps I can make a trade with the dealer for the little used floorboards in exchange for the switch. Also, I think I like the wide handlebars (beach bars), but I'm definitely not a fan of their look.

Any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas?

Thank you Mucho
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 06:27 PM
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Switch with someone here ! I'm sure there are plenty of new owners every day signing up, some of which will be buying them. I hate floorboards too. they just don't feel right at all to me.
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Yeap. I had floorboards on my Kawi Vulcan and never did get used to them. Seems like people either like them or they don't. A lot of people DO like them so I'm sure you won't have a problem swapping them for a proper set of pegs!
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I really like Kuryakyn Swing wing pegs. Had them on my Suzuki M50 and I'm putting them on my bird. they fold out so you stretch your legs a bit and flare out your feet (which I like) and if you want a more standard peg position, you just fold them back in. I've never tried floorboards and I'm pretty sure I don't want to as it seems like your stuck with that flat foot position. With the swingwings you have some easy position choice...Cheers!
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I have floor boards and scrape them often. There is nothing to worry about with them. Personally, I find them more comfortable on longer rides.

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I prefer floorboards to pegs but dislike a heel shifter set-up.
When I had a heel shifter I never used it. Can you remove the heel shifter to see if you like it any better?

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I certainly meant no offense to those who like floorboards, to each his own, but they're just no my cup of tea. I think if I did more long trips/ touring, I would appreciate them more.

I'm also at odds with the the heel shifter. I have to force myself to use it and/ or forget about it. Maybe I could have it removed at the very least to see if the floorboards are better without it.

Thanks for the replies.
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I never cared for the florboads, much like the stock pegs you can't adjust them to your particular riding style/posture. I replaced the stock pegs with Kuryakyn Dually ISO Pegs and they are great. A buddy has the switchblade pegs on his Harley and they are good as well since you can have tradiltional pegs then a little extra on long trips.
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I'm sorry to hear that the boards are not working out for you. If you decide to sell them PM me. I might be interested in taking them off your hands.
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I'm sorry to hear that the boards are not working out for you. If you decide to sell them PM me. I might be interested in taking them off your hands.
You are first in line, if I decide to sell them.
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