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I am 5 feet 3 inches and a new rider. I just bought the 2016 Softail Slim. I was wondering what suggestions may be out there to bring the bars in a bit.

Virginia Harvey
New York City, NY
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Editor Response
Well what you need are risers and there are a myriad of manufacturers making risers for Harley-Davidson. Because you've bought a new motorcycle, I suggest you start with your local Harley dealer. Ask the folks at the parts counter what risers they suggest for your motorcycle.

Then, it's not uncommon for a customer like yourself to ask the parts person to see if there is a spare set of handlebars just like yours in the back and to sit you down on your bike with those handlebars detached from the motorcycle and position where the bars would be placed if they were attached to the risers.

Most dealerships are more than willing to go the extra mile to hold the motorcycle upright for you (by putting the front wheel between their legs and holding it by the forks) while another person positions a similar set of handlebars in front of you assuming they were attached to the risers. This way you can get the exact measurements of the risers you need and ensure the handlebars are where you want them when all is said and done.

Good luck. And if the dealership doesn't want to do this... have them call me :)
Genevieve Schmitt
I ride a 2014 Fat Boy Lo. First thing I did was change the foot boards to forward controls. It made all the difference in the world. And no troubles reaching the kickstand. I also tilted the stock handle bars towards me just a bit. That changed the reach just enough that I have no troubles riding a full day!

Shannon
Luseland, SK, Canada
Sunday, February 15, 2015
I purchased a 2012 Fat Boy Lo a few months ago. It is my first bike and I love it! The first thing I did was put a Reduced Reach Seat on. It brings me 2 1/2 inches closer to bars. I am 5 feet 1 inch, and I have a 29-inch inseam.

I have a little bit of trouble with the handlebars. I am trying to figure out which bars to get. I feel like they are very wide for me. The kickstand is a little struggle to pull back with my short legs. I just kind of have to reach out to side and bring it in. Other then all of that, it's an awesome bike, great stability and awesome power.

Stacie
Morehead City, NC
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Editor Response
I recommend you get a kickstand extension. It is basically a metal piece that attaches to your kickstand and extends out towards you making it easier to reach with your foot. Many aftermarket companies make them, but buy from a reputable company that stands behind its products.

As far as the bars, that is a very personal thing. I can't tell you how many handlebars I've gone through over the years to get the best fit. My best advice is have someone hold the bike up steady while you sit on it with the bars you think you like positioned where they would go so you can get somewhat of a feel for them. Most dealers will do this for you.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I've dreamed of owning a Fat Boy Lo ever since my first time in a Harley store which was only about one year ago. I'm a new rider and I've been riding a Suzuki Boulevard C50 for about seven weeks. =All my "guy" riding friends said I should be happy with it, that it was a perfect bike for me. Well, I've had my Lo for three days now and I don't ever want to ride the C50 again. It is so easy to handle; when you go over 60 it still feels as easy as 40. It turns and stops easy, doesn't feel any heavier than the C50 either. The handlebars could use pullbacks but I love it! All my dreams have come true!

Carol
Grove, OK
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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