Below is an email I received on Dec 14,2017
It has been one year since picked up the bike. I wanted you know I greatly appreciate you installing the landing gear. I love it!
Below is part of a Facebook Post From Perry Bankester of Pensacola, FL.
The bike is a 1997 GL1500SE with Landing Gear. I bought her new in '97 and this was the first ride with the retractable training wheels which was the compromise my wife agreed to instead of getting a trike. She likes the decision....
I wanted the retractable gear instead of a trike so I could still enjoy leaning into the curves and doing what I call poetry in motion.... About 20 years ago I saw a crude set of hydraulic training wheels on a Goldwing... and enjoyed talking to the WWII Bomber Vet who designed and built that set after he and his bike got run over by a tractor-trailer truck totalling the bike and leaving him without enough strength to hold the bike up and he wasn't about to quit riding. I found out talking to Pete Giarusso who designed and sells the Landing Gear I bought that he had also seen and talked to the same guy that same year and that is what gave him the inspiration to build the compressed air operated gear that I now have. I made a personal goal back 20 years ago to live long enough that I too needed retractable training wheel on my motorcycle. Well, I got there sooner than expected due to my wife's concerns.
I installed mine myself as the instruction manual is very well written and it is sort of like Pete is looking over your shoulder telling you what to do and with good drawings and pictures.
Installed the legup landingear a little over a year ago. Love the landingear on my 2000 Heritage softail Classic. Easy to install with the instructions. Use it mainly when my wife gets on and of the bike. Also when having to make a sharp U-turn. Always having to do a demonstration when someone sees it. Thanks gain for making it possible to keep riding my bike. Take care.
Another loyal customer
Joanne Stump shared the pictures of her beautiful Harley CVO. The custom bags filled with audio equipment made for a challenge. Ultimately, Joanne sent a saddlebag to us, and we had to custom fit a compressor system for her. These pictures prove persistance paid in this case.
Hi Pete and Co-workers
Just a quick note to express how well your system works, I had a competitors system on my bike until discovering your Leg Up system. The difference is night and day. I'm sure you hear this often, but right from initial contact I felt looked after, the installation was simple and worked immediately. I will wave your flag from up here in Ontario, Canada.
I received the new retrofit mounts and they look awesome. I followed the easy installation instructions that you included and was able to remove the old Harley Davidson passenger foot board mounts and install your new mounts in about an hour. They fit perfectly and are certainty stronger than the HD original mount. Thanks for making a great product even better with the stronger mounts. I love my Leg Up system.
I have successfully installed the 'Leg Up' and apart from a few teething problems, the sensor on the rear wheel, I am delighted with the way it works. I'm using the system manually until I am more confident! I am a HOG member of the Fenlanders chapter, aprox. 300 members; 35 of us rode in a carnival last Sunday. All riders were most interested in the Leg Up and at least 4 said what a great idea I must get them. So I hope you have some customers... Keep making them!
My name is Allen Rubenacker I own a 2001 heritage springer softail and I am so glad I found your video online... You were extremely helpful by telling me what I may run into during the installation and with your input and reading the installation notes that are quite clear and seeing the photos that came with the legs up system it was surprisingly simple to install. ....Your system is so clean I went to our local Harley dealers open house and parked within about 8-10 other bikes and not one person even noticed that my bike was sitting on four wheels.
Thanks again for making a system that can keep me riding!
Had a good workout on Gear this weekend. Every thing works great, just have to keep an eye on road level & condition.... Will keep you posted on any thing that may be of interest to you concerning Landingear. Couple of pics attached.
Thanks for your help in steering me in the right direction. The system is a very straight forward install with great instructions. The only difficult part is running the wires and 99% of that problem is called Honda. (little humor) It would be much easier to just remove the top of the shelter. The bike has been standing straight up since yesterday, so I don't think we have any air leaks. We are really looking forward to an early spring here in Michigan. The wife is even more excited to start riding again.
Again, thanks for your help and for building a quality product.
I spent the past two weeks in Daytona Beach for biketoberfest and put the system through the paces. Dirt, grass, gravel, heavy traffic, panic stops, daily. It performed flawlessly in all situations. Everyone that I demoed it to loved it. Thanks again!
I meant to follow up with you sooner, but this is better because I have had a chance to ride with the landing gear and get comfortable with it. The hardest part for me is starting off with the gear down. I am much more comfortable controlling that part manually. I am very pleased overall so far and really am appreciative of all the phone support you provided during installation.
Mr. Flipper and J. R.
Hi Pete, just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it is, has been and will be to do business with you. You always seem to go the extra mile to help me out. You proved it again yesterday for me. Thanks again.
Pete just wanted to let you know that my leg up landing gear is working better than it ever has.... I loved it before but did not know how well it would work. I am in LOVE with it. Thanks again... You and your Co. are the BEST.
Wanted to thank you and Ben for the great “Landing Gear” and the adaptation to the F6B. It has made my life a lot easier when doing tight maneuvers with this bike. Also great for moving it around in the garage. I am enclosing 2 pics. with the Landing Gear extended. The F6B is a fantastic ride but is still heavy. I believe the Landing Gear has extended my 2 wheel riding for quite a while. After sale service was and is truly outstanding.
This is the best thing since VANILIA ICE CREAM. Keeps a old man on two wheels rather than a trike.
Here you see Gordon Snyder on his way home from 'Rolling Thunder'. Gordon lives in Washington State! That is a healthy ride for anyone, and according to Gordon, his LegUp system has made the trip much easier.
Thanks for your service Gordon, and have a safe trip home!
I picked up the Leg-up and Exhaust Packages at the UPS Terminal at 8 AM got home about 9 PM. At about 9:30 AM I started the the installation, (the old exhaust was already removed) by 12 noon the same day everythings was working. I had no help and without the full use of my Legs it was a fairly easy installation. So don't get intimidated by the instructions or a dealer who charges $400.00 plus for the installation.
Leg-up is a very well designed and manufactured aid for those in need. I thank you for all the Veterans who enjoy riding Motorcycles for making this Landingear a reality. I think it takes more time to learn the use of the system then the installation.
Thank you Pete for the help.
Fred K. Saupe
Mt Ida, Arkansas
My LegUp was installed by Chandler Custom Choppers, they did a quality job on my '02 Softail Deuce.. Your ingenious design is great. The quality and workmanship is superb. You can see my fold up crutches on the back seat. I just came back from a 3 hour cruise, and my back is NOT in pain at all, usually is. I am so glad I found your product on-line.
Not a testimonial, but a great note from some nice folks!
Got the computer Saturday afternoon and installed that night. Everything works great. Had to set the up and down. Will send old computer on Monday. You should come up and ride in October. It's our yearly fall colors leaf run. Attached is a few pics from last week in Maggie Valley NC.
Thanks, Carl & Debbie
Newport NC 28570
Just want to send you this photo and let you know that the LegUp™ system is working for me. Thank you for recommending Jeff at Ace Motors. They are very professional and did a great job. As we spoke I will promote your LegUp™ and recommend you and Jeff. I hope to see Jeff at Americade next week, I will call him to catch up with him.
Bob Rodriguez of Staten Island
Dave Raines, came to see us a few months ago. He checked out the LegUp™ system. We gave him a quick Install tutorial, and he left with a new system. I got an email from him the other day. He published THIS for his local HOG Chapter. It is kind words and folks like Dave that make the long hours worth it!
Wayne Kiven from Australia sent us these picture of our system on his Softail. Wayne needed quite a bit of modifications to his bike as his is an above-the-knee amputee on his right side. Thanks for the pictures Wayne, and I am glad you are back to riding!
Thanks for the 'LegUp™'. My wife and I rode down to Homestead for the races and did some free advertising for you! With the trailer, LegUp™ has been a blessing!
Jim Newcomb sent us some pictures of him using the LegUp™ Plus System. Jim lost his right leg above the knee, so the Plus! was the logical choice since putting his right leg down is not an option for him.
We couldn't use all his pictures, but here you can see him standing next to his turbo-charged Road King.
Keep on Riding Jim, and thanks for the pics!
Hi Pete, At last some good weather to try out the landing gear. What do I think of it? The best thing since sliced bread! Bloody Marvelous!
We wanted to share this picture and story with you folks. Mr. Jim Kersting, seen here, owns Kersting H-D, in Winamac, Indiana. When he called us some time ago, he asked about becoming a dealer and installing our system on a bike that he keeps in front of his museum across the parking lot from his dealership.
I heard from Jim yesterday, just to tell me how he took a bolt-on trike kit off his '03 Road Glide, and how much he liked the LandinGear setup. We appreciate calls like this Jim, THANKS!
Since installing your LegUp™ on my 2008 Ultra, I have the confidence to put more miles under me than I have in the last 5 years. Riding since 1966, I never intend to stop.
With the LegUp™, I felt I was able to ride to Sturgis all the way from North Carolina. I just got back and everything was perfect. Maneuvering through the crowed Sturgis streets went like a breeze, including backing into and out of tight parking spaces. The only disadvantage was all the time I had to spend talking to folks about those "funny little wheels" on my bike. When I told them they were my "old man with weak knees helpers" It lead to demonstration after demonstration. I only wish I took some of your literature with me... next year for sure.
Bottom line, I visited almost everything possible in the Sturgis areas, and here are some photos of my trip.
PS: You might notice that the LegUp™ wheels are in the up position in the photos. Once I use them to stop and get my balance, I put the kickstand down and then raise LegUp™. When I am going to leave, I put them down first, then put the kickstand up.. and then take off!!
Just a line to let you know, went on a Harley Rally to Holland last weekend had a great time, met lots of nice people. My leg up system performed just great had no problems at all! Had a few people interested in wanting to know how it works, so gave a couple of demonstrations, you never know you could get some more interest.
Tony Waldron - UK
Everything you told me about the Landing Gear system is true. You will remember that I was not an easy sell, but now I am a proud owner, I love it. It gives me the extra help I need with my injured right ankle and, when my wife rides with me, I have the extra confidence that I will not drop the bike with my most precious cargo aboard. Thanks for being patient with all of my questions, you ‘da man.
MG, Somewhere in Georgia
I called on a Saturday, showed up on Tuesday and Pete and the guys fixed my small problems without an appointment!
LegUp™ LandIngear is the way to go !
I just wanted to let you know the LanginGear really really helped me this summer. While riding in the mountains here in Arizona I became oxygen deprived. I have COPD. I didn't black out but became very disoriented. The bike gradually came in contract with the curb. I thought I was on the other side of the lane. When the landingear made contact with the curb I realized something was wrong. and started braking. the gear helped to hold the bike until a full stop when I put my feet down.
I'm sure if the bike tires came in contact with the curb I would have gone over. Even after I was stopped and my wife was asking what was wrong I didn't know. We were resting on the landingear against the curb. It worked great even for something it probably wasn't designed to do.
Jim & Jan Banks
I really like my new LandinGear. It gives me a lot of confidence when I want to stop in traffic. I pull a 250 LB. camper behind my bike, and it really makes me feel more secure. I'm going on 78 years old and I don`t want to quit riding yet !! Thanks Pete !
P.S. I installed the system my self and it fit perfectly!
MD - Nederland TX
I am 100% disabled from a leg condition. I find
the LegUp™ System to be an extraordinary asset to my riding ability.
The stabilization reduces all the pressure off my bad leg and enables me
to continue to ride with my friends!
WK - Orlando Florida
Riding for 46 years!
I came to Pete G's for help last July.
I have an 08 ElectraGlide, and with my bad knee,
I dropped it at stop lights and my friends had to
help me pick up the bike! We searched for an answer and could
find none. I challenged Pete by saying '..you can build anything!'
He did! Now I never drop the bike and me and my friends
are all happy!
JL - Florida... Riding for 40+ years!