Owners of the "Custom" model can talk about their experiences with "drag" bars. The newer XLC's come stock with "drag" bars.
The drag bars look really cool. However, they are not very functional. The riding position can be awkward and many riders have problems seeing anything in their mirrors at road speeds, even with short stemmed mirrors. Do you want cool or comfort?
well pasadenajim you are right, i agree with your points. I did seat on a 883 custom before buying my bike though and the position felt quite confortable to me. I have long arms and long legs. I am not deformend though just tall enough for the custom i guess....just kidding. I have already forward controls on my bike. i guess i am gonna wait and see if any custom/"drag" bar bike owner will post any comments.
I have a 02' XLC and happen to find the position of the drag bars pretty comfortable. I'm not sure if height/arm length plays a factor or if it just comes down to personnal preferance on wether you like how a bike with drag bars handles or not. As for "many riders have problems seeing anything in their mirrors at road speeds" it's not the drag bars that render my mirrors useless it's the engine vibration that shakes the mirrors on said drag bars that makes them useless As for wanting cool or comfort ....being as I own the XLC comfort wasn't in the scheme of things