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Author Topic: Footrest clearance  (Read 218 times)

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Offline croustx

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Footrest clearance
« on: June 21, 2021, 04:06:48 am »
Hello Guys,

My footrest are touching the road almost each time i'm in a serious curve.

Is there any technical way to avoid turning with high angle ?
Or it there a way to make the bike higher ?

Do you know if the rear shock can be harder or higher ?

Thanks !

Offline DrM

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Re: Footrest clearance
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2021, 08:43:31 am »
You're probably nearing the limits of the bike's tires having enough traction to keep you from sliding out in a turn.  But in case you want to explore that limit more, Yes, there are some things you can do:

1) You might be able to put on bigger tires.

2) You can stiffen up the rear shocks by turning the adjusting mechanism to maximum stiffness.  That will help some. 

3) You can install longer rear shocks, and possibly longer front forks. You can only do so much here without encountering interference from other parts of the bike. 

4) You can set your butt off the seat into the lean, whereby your inside knee is closer to the ground, which allows your to lean the bike less in the turn.

Bear in mind that you might also be reducing the bikes handling characteristics to the point you might be seriously injured or killed in trying them out.

Offline lunkhead

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Re: Footrest clearance
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2021, 09:30:41 am »
Replace the peg feelers with titanium bolts. They won't last as long but they'll make pretty sparks. ;D

The C-Spec pegs are a tad higher and forks are longer. The big complaint is they're right where you put your legs down at a stop. I got used to it after a while. I've never scraped on mine but I don't lean that far on the streets and have the Progressive shocks. I might scrape them on a non-C-Spec with stock shocks.

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Offline ShakerNorm

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Re: Footrest clearance
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2021, 09:46:18 pm »
The footrests are kind of low - I scrape them up almost every time I ride. About the only REAL thing to do is to raise the suspension - there are longer shocks you can put on the rear to help, but I just get used to it. The footpegs DO fold up when you scrape so you don't really need to worry about it. I figure I'll be WAY too scared to lean any more long before I get to the hard points where the bike actually starts to slide and raise the tires up and lose control. I take it as a warning that I'm near my (personal) limit. 

A technique you can use comes from racing. When you get close to scraping your pegs in a curve - you can shift your body weight to the INSIDE of the turn (Yup - scoot your butt TOWARDS the ground!). This effectively moves your Center of Gravity towards the center of the circle that you're making. Since your CofG needs to be at a certain point, your BIKE needs to straighten up to maintain the CofG, and you can cut a tighter circle without scraping.
If you watch Motorcycle racing, you see the riders scraping their knees on the inside of curves, and their bodies hanging way off on the inside - this is EXACTLY the technique they're using, although they're using it to EXTREMES. All I usually do is shift my butt to the inside of the seat, or even just lean to the inside of the circle to do it. It takes some practice, but it works well, and keeping your bike more upright, it means the tires can get a little more grip too - although that'll be minuscule to a normal rider.
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