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post #1 of 16 Old 08-31-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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HWY pegs

I have a set of SW motech crash bars and would like to install HWY pegs but wanted some advice first.
Ideas and pics would be helpful.
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The Motec crash bars have a place to bolt highway pegs built in. How handy are you? I built mine by cutting the passenger peg brackets off the plates and welding a 1/2" bolt onto the peg bracket. This was bolted to the Motec crash bar.
If that sounds above your comfort level, AVisciousCycle sells highway pegs and mounting bolt kits to fit the Motec crash bars but they are a little pricy.
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Just a question.

WHY would you want to leave half of your control devices out of immediate reach?

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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It is just an alternate foot position when you are cruising long distance on the slab. My knees don't like to be bent at 90 degrees for long periods of time. I certainly don't recommend riding in traffic or built up areas with feet up on the HIGHWAY pegs. Nor do I recommend using a throttle lock in the city either. These accessories have their proper time and place to be used. Each of us can make that decision for ourselves, I am sure.
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It is just an alternate foot position when you are cruising long distance on the slab. My knees don't like to be bent at 90 degrees for long periods of time. I certainly don't recommend riding in traffic or built up areas with feet up on the HIGHWAY pegs. Nor do I recommend using a throttle lock in the city either. These accessories have their proper time and place to be used.
Seconded.

One 13-hour day encouraged me to buy them, and I don't regret it one bit. I only use them about 20% of my highway time, but being able to change leg position is invaluable. My legs are never sore anymore. It's must-have farkle for all my future bikes.
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Sorry if I came off a bit pointed there.

On the bikes I become a control freak. Anything that can control the bike I want at my disposal as quickly as possible, including rider stance. Itís not that Iím paranoid about it, I enjoy riding and want to continue to do so. Vigilant would be a better term to describe my mindset.

I suppose itís possible to add forward controls, ape hangers, and a backrest to make a bike more comfortable to ride. Not for me, I wont give up control for comfort. Iím most comfortable knowing I have complete control. Lord knows Iím not the best rider and I'll use every advantage possible. I cant tell you how many times Iíve been riding whether in the city or the open road and faced an incident requiring evasive action. There's always something, cars, trucks, other bikes, animals, crap laying in the road, etc.

I realize Iíve taken some unpopular stands here on the forum and will say my piece and deal with the fallout.

No disrespect meant to anyone. Iíve only personally met one person here on the forum but feel a kinship to all. Theres over 10,000 members and a few old soreheads here......regardless, I care about all of you !!!

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Sorry if I came off a bit pointed there.
No offense taken. It's not like we're talking about motor oil, here.

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On the bikes I become a control freak. Anything that can control the bike I want at my disposal as quickly as possible, including rider stance.
This is totally understandable. Using highway pegs, you've got your weight in a strange place, your foot off the brake, and your foot off the shifter. So it's a calculated risk.

I rely on a 12-second lookahead to decide if I should move my feet back. And I do so if there's an increased risk in that timeframe. And if I can't see that far, my feet are probably on the controls.

On the plus side, the most important controls are still at your immediate disposal.

But if it's a clear road ahead and it's a clear sunny day, I take the risk.

If one does have highway pegs, I recommend practice swerves while using them. At least for me, the control feels a bit different.

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Not for me, I wont give up control for comfort.
There is a point, I might argue, that lack of comfort impedes safety.

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I love the insight by all. I have been on a few long rides lately and my legs are killing me which is causing my concentration to lapse.
This is a safety concern that I believe the risk of having my feet away from my brake and shifter is worth the risk.
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This is how I mounted my highway pegs. FWIW
http://www.powers31.info/KLR650_Revi...ifications.pdf

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