When it comes to baggers, it's all about comfort and extra storage. But you can have style as well, and still have some dough left in your pocket. When we buy a new bike, most of the money goes toward the down payment, leaving us with a thin wallet for upgrades. Therefore, most guys start small and work their way up, adding parts to the bike a little at a time. Quick and easy installs, such as pipes and seats, seem to be a convenient and fairly affordable place to start for most people. When you've got a few extra bucks, your bike's controls are a good part to swap out, and floorboards are another logical step.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the newest set of floorboards from Performance Machine for our '04 Road King. These floorboards are machined aluminum with billet hinges and are topped with a unique rubber design. The cut and shape of these running boards is another cool feature, getting away from their rectangular stock counterpart. We also like the fact of getting some style from a fast and simple install, with a little moolah left over.
We stopped at Horn Cycle Works in Pomona, CA, to get the running boards installed and pick up any tips on what would make the install easier. Mike Rupp, a shop dog with more than 35 years in the industry, was glad to give us a hand.