I'm with you on the sore knee....mine's courtesy of an ill handling 1974 360 MX Yamaha....fell off while leading 30 crazed open class riders into the 1st turn....I think 29 of them ran over me....3 months in plaster from my toes to my hip left me with a permanently sore knee....I'd recommend asperin instead of forwards....works for me!
I came of a one day old Vrod, 5 mph leaving housing estate. Had just done 250miles that day, was leaving the house to show a friend my new Vrod with its £1000 exhaust system. made it 50yards up the road and 6 kids ran out in front of me, had to drop the bike "exhaust side". broke leg below knee, chipped lump out of knee, and spiril fractured my tibia bone. Doc said i would be off my legs for 12-18months. He put a lizeroff frame on with 8 pins through my leg. Got it off in 5 months got a Speeding ticket the following day 95 in a 60. He He.
I have a road king and a honda veradero with the seat raised by 2inches, need forwards, i like the look of the XR. so if i purchase i will need forwards. I will be putting givi rack on the back. Any bikes i have has to be able to tour.
Just deleted my first post, i thought you were a troll!!
I dont think the XR is the right bike for you, it aint just the footrests your gonna have issues with, the whole riding position is wrong for forward footrests, i personally think you would do better with a different bike.
I had a GSX1400 for a year or so. I had cruising pegs on the front of it but missed the Vtwin vibration, hence the Veradero. Not enough rumble for your buck. want a harley sitty uppy bike.
Cheaper converting than building from scratch.
when riding the GSX i usually rode with one leg on gear change and one on cruising peg.
Itll be alot of money invested in hopes of a comfortable ride. I have to agree the nightster might be the one. But if you do like the XR alot then you could give it a try. But Im kinda with the others where it might be more trouble than its worth to get it how you want it and be happy. Have you thought about the Buell Ulysses (since you want a tourer) it may be a overall more comfortable ride.
seriously, definitely the wrong bike for you. If you want the XR because it's a sportier harley then you just cannot put on forward controls because you will end up with a rather normal sportster that has modern tires on it for nothing...
plus, like others already said...the controls alone will not help to make the bike comfier...
what about a XL1200R Roadster? Nighster is very low..the R models are much higher and have better ground clearance.
(noooo....it cannot happen....is it really happening???)