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post #1 of 11 Old 01-29-2019, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Did it help?

Happy winter all!
Yes that was sarcasm.
I'll stop.
The question I have is....
I was told the stock riding position on my 09' is too far forward. When compared to the other bikes on a ride last year.
So two of the riders decided to get me the lower and further back mounts for the pegs for Christmas. They did this because I refused to look at another bike to purchase. They are haters! Plain and simple. But we're stronger friends than their hate level. So my pony is accepted.
Simply has anyone else been there and done that change? And did it help, hurt, or nada?
Planning my spring upgrades. And thinking about a lot less ice.
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-29-2019, 02:02 PM
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It's not that the riding position is too far forward, it's that the pegs are too far forward and too high. Yes I have drop pegs and they have improved ergos. I also think the stock bars are too wide and have too much pullback.

Here's my old footpeg post;

the stock pegs are garbage and I heartily recommend replacing them BUT the stock peg brackets are too far forward and too tall and most aftermarket pegs exacerbate the issue by being wider and taller yet.....this leads to a hearty aftermarket for longer shift levers (which stick out farther and have an additional risk of case damage)
There are several ways of addressing this ergo issue, you can use the pegs of your choice plus;

- 1) plate style drop peg brackets. some are straight down, some are on an angle to position the pegs back. Cheap but they reduce ground clearance and are now the new lowest point - not good when trying to skid the bike over a log etc. ....they also cover the linkage bolt http://www.ebay.ca/itm/KLR-650-Foot-...5VFcei&vxp=mtr

- 2) you can modify the stock peg mounts by cutting and rewelding them in the proper position. Cheap and works great as long as you have the equipment, skills and time

- 3) You can use the JNS peg relocation brackets. Only downside I see is that you now need to remove the brackets to pull the linkage bolt. ...they are more $$ than the other two options. http://www.jnsengineering.com/produc...ring-brackets/ NOTE: I have heard that the drop on the JNSís is too much for some peopleís set up.

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- you can use the Knight Designs drop pegs. I have them on both my KLR and love them. Hi quality billet pegs, light and strong. Not real cheap though. About KD Foot Pegs


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Squidly, if you didn't catch it, Daves handlebar choice actually moves his upper body weight forward & his lower body weight rearward.
Called the 'attack position' in dirt bike circles.

One needs to assess their own ergonomic needs. My bike still has the 32 year old oem handlebars on it. I'm a sit down rider mostly on the KLR. My bike does have Moose Off-Road 1/2 inch rearset toothed footrests on it. I'm still young & flexible.

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I did the JNS, the only disadvantage to them i see, is I cant use my center stand.....But VERY comfortable.

Dave I also ordered the Knight Designs, but i'm apparently not smart enough to figure out their springs, figured i would work on that again in the 'spring'- Poor attempt at humor :P............ But if you happen to have a pic or can explain how they fit, i would love to have my center stand back!
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I did the JNS, the only disadvantage to them i see, is I cant use my center stand.....But VERY comfortable.

Dave I also ordered the Knight Designs, but i'm apparently not smart enough to figure out their springs, figured i would work on that again in the 'spring'- Poor attempt at humor :P............ But if you happen to have a pic or can explain how they fit, i would love to have my center stand back!
Hmm; the springs went on easily from what I can remember....my bikes are in storage currently (building a new house) but I'll take a pic the next time I have a chance.

OTOH, you're probably better off without the centerstand anyhow! :-)

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I'm a sit down rider mostly on the KLR. My bike does have Moose Off-Road 1/2 inch rearset toothed footrests on it. I'm still young & flexible.
Oh yea. Me to! Very flexible! Not a moment goes by when I don't touch my toes.
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My story: I put some drop-down pegs on mt KLR and rode from Houston out to New Mexico to ride on the the Shadow of the Rockies Trail and and then down next to the Rio Grand to Big Bend National Park. On the trail in New Mexico I hit a large rock with my foot between the peg and the rock. I thought my big toe was broken and one of the peg mount bolts was was broken.

When I got to El Paso I had the Ford dealer extract the broken bolt and return the pegs to the stock position and I finished the ride. The doctor thought the toe was broken, but the x-ray said "not". Now, I am sticking with the stock mounts and trying not to let my toes hang down.
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My story: I put some drop-down pegs on mt KLR and rode from Houston out to New Mexico to ride on the the Shadow of the Rockies Trail and and then down next to the Rio Grand to Big Bend National Park. On the trail in New Mexico I hit a large rock with my foot between the peg and the rock. I thought my big toe was broken and one of the peg mount bolts was was broken.

When I got to El Paso I had the Ford dealer extract the broken bolt and return the pegs to the stock position and I finished the ride. The doctor thought the toe was broken, but the x-ray said "not". Now, I am sticking with the stock mounts and trying not to let my toes hang down.
JNS's?


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Sorry Dave. I have recently cleaned my garage and put most loose stuff in see-thru shoe boxes with labels on them and I still can't find those peg mounts. I don't throw things like that away, so I'll find them sooner or latter.
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Sorry Dave. I have recently cleaned my garage and put most loose stuff in see-thru shoe boxes with labels on them and I still can't find those peg mounts. I don't throw things like that away, so I'll find them sooner or latter.
no worries; I've just heard that the JNS's have too much drop for some people.....I measured my KnightDesigns at about 5/8" drop. If yours had the welded box on them then they are probably the JNS's, the others I've seen were the plate style.

I've hit my foot many times on my KLR's but more often on my offroad bikes.......you end up doing what I call the "stump dance" to avoid...but it isn't always enough. Luckily my Alpinestar Tech 8's do a pretty good job of fending off such things but nothing can prevent injury from hitting your foot on a rock/root/log at speed if it gets trapped between the peg and the object. "A rock and a hard place?" LOL



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