The largest segment of motorcyclists are baby boomers and many are finding out that as they age, they’re losing confidence in holding up a motorcycle as they come to a stop. Women particularly, who have issues handling bigger motorcycles, lose confidence when slowing down and bringing that big bike to a stop.
Some of these riders choose to quit the sport, or convert their motorcycles into a three-wheeler. Now there’s a system aptly named LegUp LandinGear that allows these people the choice of keeping their bikes, and the ability to ride them as they always have, rather than giving up or converting their vehicles.
Wheels up -- retracted -- on an 2008 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard.
The Harley standing up on its own with the LegUp system
LegUp is a motorcycle stabilization system that uses a computer to sense vehicle speed, and lowers or raises a set of small wheels that make the motorcycle feel like a much smaller and manageable bike. These wheels even allow the rider to lean the bike while the wheels are lowered, making the riding experience almost identical to a motorcycle without the LegUp system installed.
The Harley from behind.
The device is barely noticeable on the vehicle, and it requires no permanent modifications to the bike. The LegUp LandinGear system can be moved from one bike to another when a rider upgrades his motorcycle. Currently the system is offered for Harley-Davidson touring bikes, Softails, Dynas and Honda GL1800 Gold Wings, Triumph Rocket III, and Yamaha Stratoliner and Roadliner. Other models are planned and are currently under development.
The LegUp system on a Gold Wing.
The product is made in the U.S. by Chopper Design Services, a manufacturing company that's been in the motorcycle business since 1999 specializing in service and custom bike building. The LegUp LandinGear system is manufactured in the company’s 6,000 square foot facility in Longwood, Florida.
The system costs $2,999 for the Harley version, and $3,499 for Gold Wing's and some other bikes. According to the company's Web site, Chopper Deign Services technicians will install the system on a Harley for $400 or a Gold Wing a $600. The system can also be installed by any qualified shop.Visit LandinGear.com for more information.