The foot boards on all touring bikes can be raised or lowered, same goes for the rears. The Street Glide already comes with the short rear shocks as did the Road King CustomI was in the stealer semi-serious about an '09 FLHX last weekend, you may have seen my thread about possibly trading my FXSTB for the Glide. Fuggedaboutit, can't do that to my Train.
There was a guy 5'-2" that had just bought a Street Gide just like the one I was looking over. Five foot two! And I thought that I was "vertically challenged".
Anyway, service dept. had lowered it by 1" all the way around using air shocks in the rear and the fork lowering kit. There was also a new H-D Sundowner seat installed that brouth the rider's seat height down another 1".
I can't speak to the handling of a hardware-lowered bike, because I've never lowered my bikes. But, the concern I had was mainly dragging the footboards. Since, I like to ride harder, faster and deeper into the curves that would rule-out 1" of lowering kit IMHO.
He11, I've scraped asphalt on the lowest right underside exhaust bolt on the SE-II slip-ons installed on my Night Train; not to mention the jiffy stand on the left.
I just priced out the rear lowering air shocks from HD for my 04 RK Classic, and they were only $198 from the dealer. Not sure about the front, I would just do the back myself. I am 5'10" so for me I would just do it for the look. I do like the looks of a lowered bike, and they are a little easier to hold up at a stop light, especially with a pasenger.I think that installing all of that stuff from harley would help, but how much does all of that cost?
Thanks 88b, I didn't realize all Tourer's boards were adjustable. That's good to know for the future.The foot boards on all touring bikes can be raised or lowered, same goes for the rears. The Street Glide already comes with the short rear shocks as did the Road King Custom
It did effect the ride of the bike a little bit, but being able to sit flat footed was worth what I lost in comfort.OldMsocko, did that effect the ride at all? I have lowered bikes before and it can make the ride not at smooth as it was when it was stock.
Just pull the bags, and replace the shocks one at a time. Don't pull them both, or you'll have trouble lifting it back up. Let all the air out, unscrew the cap that holds the air line in the shock, then wiggle the line out. They have an o'ring around them you don't want to lose. On the easy scale, this mod would rate SUPER EASY. Don't pay the dealer for this one, its a no brainer. Now lowering the front is a little harder. I would do that myself too, but you do have to take the forks apart, replace the springs, and fill em back up with oil. Leave that one to the dealer if you aren't a gear head.thsorens, how difficult would it be to change out the rear shocks?
You can get the lowering air shocks from HD which lower it 1" or get Progressive brand shocks which are NOT air and NOT HD but work very well, and come in different lengths to lower it up to 2". Either way, its around $200 for the parts, which is way cheaper than taking it to the dealer.Thanks thsorens. I that does seem rather easy. Are the shocks pretty generic or do I need to find them specifically for my '09 and would recommend a brand?
Art, I'm just about a half in taller than you and manage fine on my '09 RK even though i can't flatfoot it. I find the ride choppy enough as it is and would not recommend lowering the bike. Try a lower seat and wear boots with thicker soles.OldMsocko, did that effect the ride at all? I have lowered bikes before and it can make the ride not at smooth as it was when it was stock.