Alloy Art | Stabilizer For 2009-Later Harley Davidson Touring Bikes - Hot Bike Baggers Magazine
01. Here are the components of the 09TS Touring Frame Stabilizer with included hardware from the left: starter mounting bracket, hex arm with attached Heim joints, and the arm spacer.
02. Before moving to the motorcycle we attached the hex arm to the starter mounting bracket. For illustration purposes we slid each fastener into its final location.
03. For the installation each of the stock starter mounting bolts (arrows) needed removal.
04. Using a long ratchet extension attached to a 1/4-inch Allen head socket we removed each of the starter bolts before
05. ...securing the starter mounting bracket (with hex arm attached) with the included stainless steel hardware.
06. We adjusted the Heim joints to the proper length to ensure the fastening bolt would pass freely through the hex-shaped hole in the frame (arrow) , then used two 9/16 wrenches to tighten the lock nuts to the hex arm. We made sure each Heim joint was in the center of the ball for maximum movement in all directions.
07. The final step in the installation was attaching the hex arm assembly to the bike's frame using the supplied spacer, bolt, washer and nylock nut.
While the newly redesigned '09-later H-D Touring frames are noticeably stiffer and stable than the previous iterations the inherent movement of the rubber-mounted motor may adversely affect the motorcycle's handling. At the rear of the motorcycle the engine/transmission assembly is mounted through the swingarm and isolated with rubber to reduce vibration. The system works remarkably well but instability can arise under poor road conditions, an overloaded bike, excessive speed, or a combination of these factors. Some call it wobble or even the bagger-boogie-we call it scary.
There are a number of stabilizer systems that were employed on older Twin Cam bikes that triangulated the transmission, oil pan, and the frame to try and tame any erratic handling. When H-D redesigned the frame with the exhaust crossover going under the bike, the older-style stabilizers wouldn't fit.
We heard about a new relatively inexpensive stabilizer from Alloy Art that mounts above rather than below the transmission on late model Touring bikes. The stabilizer adds another anchor point to limit the movement of the motor/trans in relation to the swingarm. After the 30-minute install was completed we took the '09 Electra Glide out for a spin and noticed that the bike handled the big, expansion joint bumps better than before. We didn't notice any ill effects from the stabilizer or an increase in vibration. It's pretty cheap insurance to keep your heavyweight bike behaved.