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    Refined Cycle Forward Controls - Review

    100_2193.jpgAttachment 54377100_2192.jpgHello Mean Streakers,
    First of all I would like to apologize for taking so long to give some feed back on the Refined Cycle Foward Controls. Time really flies by when you're having fun! When I got the box and unwrapped it, I was really inpressed with the looks of the foward controls. I ended up getting black since my bike is black and thought it would really compliment my bike. The Refined Foward Controls really look great, in my opinion, when compared to other foward controls, such as the Jardine's.

    When opening the RFC box you're going to notice a lot of parts but do not let this discourage you, the instructions are laid out fairly well. I ended up taking my time laying out all the parts on soft cloth so as not to scratch the powder-coated parts. From start to finish, the whole set up took approximately two hours. It would have been nice to have the foward controls partially assembled. I would highly recommend going over the instructions on Refined Cycle's website while you are waiting for delivery.

    Finally, after getting the RFC installed, I was anxious to get the Mean Streak on the road and see if there was much of a difference. The first thing I noticed was the shifting was much smoother than stock. The stock shifter is a direct mount while the Refined Cycle has a long shift linkage. I am 5'8" so my legs are too far forward (stretched out). One thing I noticed is that the foward controls will hit the pavement earlier when compared to stock, mind you, I ride my bike like a sport bike. So if you ride your bike like I do you will probably want to shy away from buying these and stay with the stock mounts and just buy new pegs. To be fair, I did talk to Craig at Refined Cycle and he was thinking about machining the mounting plates to add a little bit more ground clearance. Also, I ended up using my own foot pegs so you will have to decide which pegs to mount. Overall, I really like the looks of the RFC's and they are fairly comfortable. I really think that if you are 5'9" and above, you will have a better fit and be more comfortable. So if you want a custom look, I think the Refined Cycle Controls will fit the ticket! Retail price is $329.99 without pegs. With pegs, you're looking at $380.00 which is still a great price compared to other foward controls.

    I did not end up keeping the foward controls because I like having the extra ground clearance with the stock Foward Controls, and my legs are a tad too short for the Refined Cycle Foward Controls. Look at the pictures, before and after, with me on the bike and the position of my legs. Hopefully, this will help you make a better decision. Here is a link to Refined Cycle: http://refinedcycle.com/product.sc?p...36&categoryId=

    Happy Riding!
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    Last edited by Anthony; 11-10-11 at 12:31 PM.
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    They do look good on there. What did you end up doing with them?
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    I sent the foward controls back for a refund.
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    So, what part touched down onto the pavement? The end of the peg, or where they mount to the frame? My Jardines have never touched down and probably have more clearance than the stock pegs.
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    The shifter peg assembly sticks out incredibly far. I scraped that part of the frame peg bracket stock; I imagine it would be first to touch considering its a couple inches further out. Seems like the shift rod would be better off on the inside to reduce how far the assembly sticks out and reduce the size of those spacers.

    I should caveat this with the fact that I was riding like a maniac on the Tail of the Dragon so not everyone would probably have the issue.
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    The left side mounting plate. Look at the arrow on the photo.100_2187.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
    The left side mounting plate.
    and that's because they are pushed out further from the bike than the stock mounting plates?
    I believe it is better to be seen than to be heard. Remember, they give out licenses to deaf people, but not blind people.
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    They look good , however the purpose is always a more comfy ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
    I don't like the look of those at all, kind of looks a little cheap and flimsy.
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    Actually the are very sturdy and the quality is excellent.
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    I bought a set in black. Installed them. The only issue I have is the brake light switch spring. It appears to be pulling on the switch pull rod at an angle and causes the brake light to stick. I believe a clevis pin may need to be installed on the ARM4 to promote a straight pull on the switch. Haven't done this yet ,but will in the near future. If I jack the rear brake pedal ( pump it hard enough ) and allow it to fly back, part of the time it will release the brake light contacts from emitting all the time.
    Otherwise , I am liking the feel and stretch. This addition has allowed me to set much more comfortably in the stock type modified seat and has taken pressure away from the posterior enough to be able to ride over twice the distances than before without the need to get off of the bike for awhile. I am using the ISO WINGS and like I say, It feels good. I actually feel like I am controlling the bike better because of the stretch and I am able to hug right in and around the tank. A Hypercharger install I would believe would be uncomfortable and not as rid worthy.
    Refined cycle's customer service is tip-top as the questions I had was answered promptly. As far as the ISO WINGS are concerned I did purchase a couple of different 1/2 " X 20 X 1.25" button head ( black) mounting bolts for both sides to especially give me a little more clearance of hitting the hex bolt with the brake lever.
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    I'm glad the forward controls worked out for you and the customer service is A++. I did not have the brake light problem like you described. I just adjusted the brake light switch until I had enough tension on the brake pedal to activate the brake light. So my brake light did not come on until the brake pedal100_2199.jpg was depressed about 1/2 inch and would release with the brake light coming off.
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    My Kawasaki Dealer in Hutchinson, Ks. Looked at my forward controls and gave me some advice onplacing an insulated heat shield over the top side of the rear nrake cylinder to prevent the HK sidenurner's front pipe getting the brake cylinders rubber parts too hot causing a potential failure. I haven't breathed this by the manufacturer yet but I will. I am seeking out some opinions from members here based on the previous post of pictures already here.
    What do you see? ??????
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedracer View Post
    I don't like the look of those at all, kind of looks a little cheap and flimsy.
    i agree,dont like the look of them and they stick out to far.
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