The ebay pegs
Thanks for suggesting those ebay pegs. They look like a clever and simple design. I have also looked at Dan Vesel's, or attaching pegs to my engine guards as well as lowered footpegs such as motorcycle larry's or pegs from a Buell Uly.
At this point, I believe my issue is not so much the knee bend, but working the gear shift and rear brake from the bent knees position of the Strom. My only other bike was Volusia. Since my legs are so long (36" inseam), my knees rest on the sides of the gas tank above the black plastic trim. When I need to shift or brake, I have to turn my feet inwards relative to my upper legs, more than someone with shorter legs. I think that operating the controls from this somewhat pigeon-toed position is the problem.
I do not ride on the 400 series highways hardly at all, so I'm constantly shifting and braking. So I think that highway or forward pegs will not benefit me much. I have seen forward controls for the Strom made by someone in Germany but I hate the look and idea of them on the Strom. One of the big advantages of the Strom for me was the greatly increased ground clearance compared to a cruiser. I really hate to give that up.
For now I am going to try lengthening the gear shift pedal and greatly reducing my use of the rear brake and see if that helps. I did not expect that the inflammation in my knees would extend right through the winter as it has. If I'd known it was this serious, I would have done more experimenting during the season with modifying the controls or my riding position. I also would have gone to a knee specialist.
The good news is that I have made a lot of progress in the past 2 months, and expect that this problem will likely be 99% gone in the next 2 months. The big question is whether it will recur and how badly. Only time will tell. Which is why I asked about the Nomad. If I have to go back to a cruiser (easy on my knees, not so great for the butt and back), the Nomad is my first choice.
2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 (My newest - boosted to 688 cc)
2005 Blue DL650 (sold with regret - hurt the knees)
2007 Boulevard C50 (Wife's bike)
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