From the factory, the FL frontend does a decent job of absorbing bumps and inconsistencies in the road, and provides a smooth and stable ride. What it lacks, however-unless you purchase a CVO model or frontend upgrade kit before you roll off the showroom floor-is style.
Many people (even us) compare the looks of a motorcycle to those of a beautiful woman: smooth, flowing lines and soft, supple curves. In that regard, the stock FL frontend, with its polished upper cans and polished/textured lower legs, isn't much to brag to the boys at the bar about. Then when you throw in the clunky fender and caliper mounts, protruding axle ends, and related hardware, it's like looking at the eggshell-white legs of a 60-year-old lady with varicose veins-nothing sexy about that at all.
Hogpro in Canoga Park, CA, has a solution to whip your FL legs into shape with its Smooth Bottom Leg Kit. Available in shiny chrome or sinister black powdercoat ($899.95), the highlight of the kit is the smooth, tapered lower legs and hidden axle. Another cool thing about the kit is that it features adjustable fender mounts (for 16-21-inch wheels). Within a few hours you can turn your stock granny legs into a pair of slim, shapely, clean-shaven legs that'll turn heads like those of a 21-year-old cheerleader.
We had an '06 Road King that was in need of a frontend makeover, so we headed over to Hogpro for the swap.