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    Anybody know any more about these? They were advertised on the back cover of wingworld. I went to the website which says they'll be debuted July 4th and cost $699 plus installation. That seems pretty steep so I was wondering if anybody here had any more information.

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    I googled Roadsmith and it's still a mystery to me...

    http://trikeshop.com/news/4192012/

    Ah here we go...

    the new controls actually move both foot pegs and the brake and shift levers forward 3 inches and down 1 inch using a collection of machined parts and linkages that bolt on to the bike and promise thousands of miles of trouble-free usage.

    For $700.00 plus installation.... it had better be bullet proof.... for at least 100k miles.
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    Cool piece of equipment, but not for $700!

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    I wouldn't want the pegs lower they already scrape when cornering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motor22 View Post
    I wouldn't want the pegs lower they already scrape when cornering.
    Not on a trike!
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    I saw the same ad, idea seems good. A little pricey, but sure would like to sit on a bike first before buying. After reading there web-site they acted like they would be at the GoldWing Wing Ding in Fort Wayne in July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljk View Post
    Not on a trike!

    The pic on the website doesn't show it on a trike but your statement is correct.

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    does anyone think or know if i could trailer my yamaha 1900 behind my 2012 1800 roadsmith

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    To each his own but for me the standard peg position is too far aft for me to stand on comfortably. I like to do so periodically to cool my posterior while riding though I quit standing on
    Gl1800 pegs after seeing a couple pegs that had sheared off.
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    The Trike Shop had a trike with these on it at the Niehaus open house. These are very well made and its obvious that a lot of engineering went into them. I sat on the Roadsmith with them and found them very comfortable. I will be ordering a set for mine.

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    If you have big feet it would seem to me that you are going to be shoved against or crammed under the engine heads. Would be nice to have the knees straight instead of cramed up to the rear.
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    To see more details click here http://trikeshop.com/news/4192012/
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    The mechanism looks like the ticket for trike riders who like a more forward foot position. I am curious about lowered pegs on a 2-wheel goldwing as the lean angle is limited to begin with. In any case, I am confident of the quality (coming from Trike Shop) as well as that the company will stand behind the parts.
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    These should certainly be well machined and well made, and I am guessing these would feel good for anybody who wants to stretch out a bit more, but I think they are really intended for trikes. When I asked Roadsmith how they would perform on Wing that already scrapes the pegs in the corners, I was advised to "slow down".
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    I saw a bike at a dealership that had this option on it and the gear shift/shaft bushing was completely trashed due to the short arm applying much more lateral force to it than the long OEM shift lever.

    Just my observation.

    CORRECTION: The bike I saw DID NOT have Roadsmith brand parts on it, although they looked just like the pics and worked exactly the same.

    That bike was modified before the Roadsmith brand parts were available.

    Apologies for the misinformation and to Roadsmith for mistaking what I saw for their parts.
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    I have these installed on my Wing/Trike.

    They definitely do make a difference in that now I'm sitting in a more natural position. Having these made the difference in my choosing the Wing over a Harley as I never cared for the "foot down and tucked position" that the Wing has. These comfort controls, while definitely not allowing you to have your feet completely forward, did change my sitting position enough to make me more comfortable. Although a bit expensive, it was clearly worth if for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpooch00 View Post
    I saw a bike at a dealership that had this option on it and the gear shift/shaft bushing was completely trashed due to the short arm applying much more lateral force to it than the long OEM shift lever.

    Just my observation.
    Evidently who ever did the install must have screwed it up. I have no problems with shifting or the rear brake!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmrc51 View Post
    Evidently who ever did the install must have screwed it up. I have no problems with shifting or the rear brake!
    I never said that it had any effect on the rear brake or the shifting. I said that the lateral forces imposed by the short linkage lever wore out the bushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpooch00 View Post
    I never said that it had any effect on the rear brake or the shifting. I said that the lateral forces imposed by the short linkage lever wore out the bushing.
    Sorry, I mis-understood your post. So far, all is working very well with mine. I'll watch even more closely now and also mention this to Roadsmith when I call them for some other information. Thanks for the correction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmrc51 View Post
    Sorry, I mis-understood your post. So far, all is working very well with mine. I'll watch even more closely now and also mention this to Roadsmith when I call them for some other information. Thanks for the correction.
    Please see my edited post. What I saw was not a Roadsmith product, although it looked just like the pics and worked the same way.

    Apologies for the misinformation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpooch00 View Post
    Please see my edited post. What I saw was not a Roadsmith product, although it looked just like the pics and worked the same way.

    Apologies for the misinformation.
    That makes me feel alot better regarding my setup,,.. I was concerned there for awhile,,. Phew,, lol.
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    I'm wondering if any more of us have had this product installed on their bikes? I would love to move 3" forward w/feet and down an inch and if it works I would be happy to pay the $$$$, well maybe not happy but willingly. I really enjoy my wing but I do miss the forward foot position I had on my VTX.
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    I gues it's what onew gets used to. I find the pegs on goldwings too far forward for my taste. It's awkward for me to 'post' over rough surfaces and to stand in the saddle to stretch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Roberts View Post
    I'm wondering if any more of us have had this product installed on their bikes? I would love to move 3" forward w/feet and down an inch and if it works I would be happy to pay the $$$$, well maybe not happy but willingly. I really enjoy my wing but I do miss the forward foot position I had on my VTX.
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    My best description that I can give you is that with these Comfort Controls installed, you're no longer in that 'tucked' position you find on all Goldwings. (At least that's how I always felt) You're sitting in a more 'natural' stance with your feet slightly forward and down further. Granted, its not a 'foot-forward' position like the Harleys (I wish it was), but it's clearly a nice improvement over the stock setup. The main question is how much does the stock position bother you and are you willing to spend the money to improve it a bit. All I can say is I have no regrets and having these new Comfort Controls available tipped the scales in favor of the Wing over the Harley, as I always preferred the Wing "except", for the foot position!
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    Those that have weight bearing foot fairings on your trikes should try removing your rider foot pegs and using the foot fairings!
    Shifting and braking takes a little getting use to but, many positions to move your feet around and gets you out of that uncomfortable, to me, leg "tuck" position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfdeputydawg View Post
    Those that have weight bearing foot fairings on your trikes should try removing your rider foot pegs and using the foot fairings!
    Shifting and braking takes a little getting use to but, many positions to move your feet around and gets you out of that uncomfortable, to me, leg "tuck" position.
    I think that's a great suggestion before you invest in the Comfort Controls. I never thought about trying that. If it does work for you, you've just saved a nice piece of change!
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    Thanks for the replies, I enjoy hearing everyone's opinions, especially the posters who actually have this option on their bikes. I'm 6'2" and after 90 minutes my knee's do begin to ache and I'm not in bad shape so I'm looking for some options.

    When I bought my Wing 3 years ago I looked hard at the Vision because of it's feet forward position, more than once in the last two years I have 2nd guessed my Wing purchase. I like everything about the Wing except the foot position and the front end wobble!
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    For those of you who have the Comfort Controls installed, did you install them yourself or did you have it done? The brake side doesn't look complicated, but the shifter side seems a bit more involved. I'm sure it's pretty straightforward, but I'd like to hear if anyone did this installation for yourself, and if so, what was your experience with the job? Is it something you'd recommend for the average wrench? Thanks very much for your help.
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    Had mine put on at Wing Ding, I was the first customer and had been waiting there for them to open. I love the Wing, except for the foot position, so this was the ticket for me. They feel great, better than stock position but still not as good as my forward controls om my old Nomad. I have a 2009 with a Champion SA kit with the Aqu Shields and MC floorboards with stock brake pedal but had to get a pedal pad added ( clamp on) to add some hieght. They are well made and strong. Big price, but my knees are now happy on any long runs......

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