The hero pegs are there to warn you of the lean angle and take the wear when you ground a bike's footrests when you lean through corners.
If you are touching the pegs down often learn to hang off the inside a bit and keep the bike more upright - and maybe set up the rear suspension static sag (spring preload increase to raise the rear) and unload some freight off the bike...
The footpegs will fold up when they touch. The hero pegs extending down give a margin of safety to notice the touch. If you take the hero pegs off, by the time you ground the footpeg itself, you are micro nanoseconds away from grounding metal parts that don't fold. These metal parts don't have much traction compared to a tire. A condition commonly called "The Lowside Crash" normally follows...
Haha to "Hero Pegs"... I like it.
Well, fortunately I was going safely slow on very smoothly paved streets, so it was just a little "scrape" sound and there was no traffic so I just widened it way out (I wouldn't have otherwise), but it made me think:
They are 1"-ish long. I lowered my bike more than 1".
To me that makes me think that they shouldn't be there, because I'm not reaching the lean angle that the bike was actually designed to reach, when the pegs hit the ground on the bike with the lowered suspension.
I get what you are saying, but I think that would occur when the actual end of the peg hits the ground on my bike, not the pins - right?
(I'll have to look at it again tonight, to see if there's actual metal that would make the same sort of scrape sound - I could easily grind a little rubber away if not)
But, I will practice what you are saying, this weekend. I get what you are describing.
I'm still just learning, so I'm getting the hang of ALL the maneuvering, a newbie.
As far as the rear suspension -
I am planning on moving the links from the 2" hole to the 1" hole, to raise it back up so it's only lowered 1" total. I thought lower would be better initially with me just learning.
And I've actually got the spring preload set to the #5 (stiffest) setting - it's still soft - I think because of the lowering. I've heard that makes it significantly softer. I didn't ride it at stock height, but sitting static and bouncing on the seat - it feels about the same as when it was stock height, with the spring preload set to #1. Pretty interesting.
A variation is the grounding of metal, followed by the "Oh sh%t stand the bike up" reaction to the unusual noise, followed by the sudden widening of the turn into oncoming traffic if a right hander or off the road if a left hander.
THAT was more my fear.
I really didn't feel like I was pushing the bike hard, I was going around a sharp corner at, I don't know, 15 MPH in my 30 MPH neighborhood.
Zero traffic on these streets, and since it's my first week actually riding on the road as a newly licensed operator, I'm hardly pushing it.
That's why I was questioning whether they really needed to be there - I never rode the bike at stock height, but I was thinking the whole "1"-1"= take them off they are possibly trouble"
Sounds like you agree...?