Harley's baggers are great riding bikes. Their ergonomics are first class, except that on long hauls, it would be nice to be able to move your feet around. The guys at Reading Design have looked outside the box and developed a set of rider adjustable motorized floorboards, which they call Road Rails. When we saw these at the Easyriders Sacramento Bike show, we were totally blow away.
The Road Rails adjustable floorboards are unique in several ways. Their movement is controlled from a pushbutton switch (Grip Switch™
) on the handlebars, and the brake and shifter pedals move with the floorboards. As the floorboard moves forward from the factory position, its front section angles upward to keep your ankle in its most comfortable position.
Having seen and experienced the Road Rails floorboards, we wanted to see just what is involved in installing a set.
For that we visited Tri County Motor Worx
in Oxnard, California, and followed along as Shiloh Cantley installed a set on a 2009 Street Glide.
Before we get started, let me say that after watching the install, it is not a job for a beginning bike technician; there are several unique types of parts to install, which require a number of adjustments to be made.
The floorboards consist on three main elements; the actual floorboard assemblies; the motor assembly; and the electrical switch and wiring. The floorboards and pedals attach to the bike using brackets and hardware that is supplied in the kit.
The motor assembly fits onto a tube that is mounted between the bike's lower frame rails. The control switch mounts on the handlebars' left side, in place of the clutch lever clamp. It was almost a full day's job to install.
The completed bike has a brand new riding personality
; it now has wide array of foot positions. The rearward position is in almost the exact location of the factory, the forward position is about 10-inches forward and articulated so that the front half of the floorboard cants upward. In-between these extremes are a variety of positions. The neat thing is that the rider changes the floorboards' positions with the push of a button
— Wendell Christopher
ROAD IRON MAGAZINE