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post #1 of 22 Old 07-28-2006, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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How do I stop dragging the footpegs (besides slow down)

I would call myself a average rider who has owned a couple of sportbikes and recently two kLR's in a row and now my all time favorite DL1000. When I first got my V Strom I was leaning it over to the edge of the stock trailwings (too easily)with out any clearance issues but was using all of the tire. I recently mounted a set of pirrelli sync tires and love the way they feel. I am about a 1/8 inch from using all of the new tires but am dragging the footpegs about everytime I push it in the twisties.I weigh 165 and have the pre load set at 3 1/2 marks up and when I ride with my wife (about 135 pounds) I max the preload out, It seems as though I drag about the same with both settings.

I did raise the forks up 15mm which made all the differance in the world in feeling the front, but wonder if this is contributing to my clearance problems.

So is it me or do the pegs touch down far to easily?

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Raising the forks will reduce clearance. Are you keeping your body straight up and down or are you leaning with the bike and just bragging?
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First off Greywolf, I am not bragging I was looking for help

I have been riding for 17 years and no I am not the fastest rider by far, as I stated above I am an average rider. In the 17 years before the V Strom I have maybe touched a peg a couple of times (I know that most sportbikes have more clearance)I am not hanging off of the bike but am not leaning with the bike either.

but back to my problem I am dragging the pegs and am not real comfortable doing it. So without raising the bike alot (5'9" height) is there anything I could try, raising the pegs would be nice.

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Try riding in the dirt you won't scrape, foot pegs at least.
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Dragging the pegs does not necesarilly mean fast, in fact it could be the opposite.

If the pegs are dragging, they are giving feedback. Are you sure you want to raise the pegs?
Increase the preload to the max. Increase tire pressure. Hang off the bike to reduce the lean angle of the bike. Reduce the load on the bike. when cornering, get on the gas early to increase clearance.

I am not an expert. This is only my opinion
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Re: How do I stop dragging the footpegs (besides slow down)

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I would call myself a average rider who has owned a couple of sportbikes and recently two kLR's in a row and now my all time favorite DL1000. When I first got my V Strom I was leaning it over to the edge of the stock trailwings (too easily)with out any clearance issues but was using all of the tire. I recently mounted a set of pirrelli sync tires and love the way they feel. I am about a 1/8 inch from using all of the new tires but am dragging the footpegs about everytime I push it in the twisties.I weigh 165 and have the pre load set at 3 1/2 marks up and when I ride with my wife (about 135 pounds) I max the preload out, It seems as though I drag about the same with both settings.

I did raise the forks up 15mm which made all the differance in the world in feeling the front, but wonder if this is contributing to my clearance problems.

So is it me or do the pegs touch down far to easily?

Thanks Shawn
FWIW and IMHO, your sportbike past has you riding the Strom like a sportbike, which it is not. Not sure how to explain it but I'd recommend learning to ride the Strom differently. Not better or worse, just different. It does have it's limitations (when compared to a sportbike) but you can learn a lot about yourself as rider in the process. By the time you get to your next rear tire I bet you'll know what I mean (then you can explain it when someone asks!). You may be frustrated at first but challenge yourself-it will make you a better rider.

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I am going to concur with Stromette here. Learn to ride differently. I came to the V-strom after riding cruisers for many years. Even riding my cruisers w/ floorboards I rarely had clearance issues, and have never scraped a peg on my Strom. My observation is that people riding sport bikes like to lean a lot, but rarely are they going fast enough to need to lean that much. The result is that they wait longer to initiate their turn so that they can lean more. If you pick a different line through the turn you can probably go just as fast and lean half as much. I see this routinely as I am riding up the canyons here. Some guy on a sport bike leaning back and forth through the turns (looks fast) , going 10-15 mph slower than I could ride my V-star (without scraping a floorboard).

In 14 years of riding I have found few instance when you need to lean enough to scrape a peg, and that includes riding way above the speed limit on the curviest road you can find. So if you scrape the pegs that often, I would suggest you are trying way too hard to do so. This isn't a critique. If you like to ride that way go for it. Do what you think is fun. But if you are scraping the pegs, it isn't a problem with the bike.
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Hmm

leaning is fine, and fun and the correct way to go throgh a turn fast, botom line GET your knee out!!! Oh yeah make sure you have pants with sliders. By getting your knee out, you are actually not leaning the bike as far over so it has more traction and you mass is to the inside. Just watch ANY super bike race. The DL is noting more then an Ugler SV-1000, it loves to get down and corner. But watch out the stock death wings suck...

look up "killboy.com" lots of cool pics of folks cornering correctly and incorrectly.
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Either I am riding "right" or riding "wrong"....but I have NEVER dragged the pegs or the centerstand! I am just shy of 6 ft, 32 inch inseam and weight around 185. My rear preload is cranked all the way up, and my front is pretty stiff too. Both of my tires are always scrubbed clear to the end. I too have ridden sportbikes, and my last bike was a Bandit 1200s. I push this bike much harder than I did the Bandit, it is much more balanced and narrow. How did you ride a KLR, being only 5 ft 9? :shock:

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Adjust your lines...

The line you take thru a curve has a huge impact on the required lean angle. I recommend "Twist of the Wrist II" by Kieth Code as an excellent reference on how to optimize your lines thru curves.
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