Originally Posted by Drdriller
If you just replace the foot pegs , when you corner, will you scrape the muffler or something? P.s. It scares the **** out of me when I scrape during cornering.
Have you ground something yet on your Superlow? The "feelers" on the footpegs are kind of made to give you some warning before anything hard scrapes. And the pegs fold up also. I've read road tests of the SL where the riders scraped and busted the feelers off. And yes, it is possible to scrape the exhaust. That's why, if you really want some good clearance, you'd have to go with longer shocks (like 13" even), and the longer fork tubes. You could go with a set of Progressive shocks. Your HD dealer can order them from Drag Specialties. They seem to come in 1/2" increments. like 11.0", 11.5", 12.0", etc. You could try just replacing the shocks first to see how much it would help. Then, if you need more clearance, order the fork tubes.
Unfortunetely, Harley-Davidson is moving towards these lowered Sportsters (and big twins also) to appeal to 1.lady riders and 2.people that like the "slammed" looks of a lowered bike. They have dropped the fine XL883 (like mine), XL883R,and XL1200R. These bikes all had the normal standard length suspension that allows some hot rodding in the corners without scrapeing. The Superlow has some very good assets. The new cast wheels for the new radial tires is a big step. The XR1200 also has radial tires from the factroy-but it has the longer suspension for good cornering clearance. The Nightster,Iron,48, "L" model (XL1200L), the Superlow, and the previous XL883C and XL1200C (Custom models) all have shortened suspension. I haven't taken a look at the new 1200 Custom, but I bet ir's a shortened one also. That's not to say that I don't like the looks of these bikes--I do, but my old 57 year old self still enjoys going through the corners hot, and a shower of sparks really ruins the moment. I believe the "Sportster" was designed for spirited riding and dropping all the models with the longer suspension is a mistake. If one is happy just putting around, then no problem. But they used to make models of both types. Right now you either buy a lowered Sportster or an XR1200X. I love the XR1200X, but I also like my XL883. And it's sad that a Superlow buyer has to spend a bunch of $ to get decent cornering clearance.
If you are handy, you could replace the shocks yourself-it's not a hard job. Replacing the fork tubes is tougher. I'd like to see HD make, basically, the Superlow with longer suspension. It could be the only difference between the two models. It could be the new XL883 (standard model) and the current XL883L (Superlow).
Anyway, you might want to talk to the service Dept at your dealer and get an estimate. I think you'd have a great bike in the end. Radial tires, Fuel injection, 4.5 gallon tank, decent seat etc. The 883 engine is a fine one and has enough power stock for many of us. Maybe you could test ride a used bike with standard suspension to see what it feels like.
Hope everything works out for you.