Shortly after we mentioned the project by the University of Minnesota students to design and build landing wheels for paraplegic riders, I got a note from Michael at GoodGuys Powersports who told me there is a similar product, called LegUp LandinGear, already available commercially for full size Harley Davidson touring bikes. It’s a pushbutton and computer controlled assembly that lowers wheels when you’re coming to a stop and stabilizes the bike at rest.
Watching the video on the LegUp website, it looks like the wheels work pretty smoothly. You can raise them with a button or they will retract automatically when you begin to accelerate. When retracted, the lean angle is not affected and you can actually ride at slow speeds with the wheels down and they allow some lean to take place. You can only lower the wheels below 10 mph and they raise automatically above that speed.
The LegUp system is designed to work with your legs, it will support the bike unassisted but it is not really designed for someone who has no use of his or her legs, instead, it serves as an assist for those who would rather not move to a trike but are beginning to find the weight of a full size Harley a little more than they can easily handle, due to bad knees, bad hips or any other reason. It is also useful for those with shorter legs having a hard time with these 850 pound machines.
The LegUp LandinGear system is $2999 and can be installed without any permanent modifications necessary, you can remove it later if you sell your bike. Currently available for full size touring bikes, including the redesigned 2009 models, plus they’re planning on adding more models in the future.
The system looks very unobtrusive and could be a nice addition for some folks. Now just add a Harley Davidson automatic transmission and you’re set. It’s no secret that many long time Harley riders are getting up in years and accessories like this can help extend their riding time on 2 wheels. Cool product.