My search shows Motorcyclelarry.com has a ~$60 lowering kit. There is another setup for ~$170 and the Buell XB pegs, which set about 1" lower than stock strom pegs.
Who has firsthand experience with any of the above or other methods of lowering pegs?
I have Motorcyclelarry lowering kits on both my V1000 and my ST1300. They realy help out on both bikes especially the ST with my bad knees.
In lowering an inch on the ST I now drag the foot pegs in all my deep corners. Somewhat scary. I drag my toes, yep my toes attached to my feet, in almost all the corners on the ST, so I have to make a mental note to keep up on the balls of my feet in the twisties.
They seem to work great on the V1000 until I dropped it. I was working on it and I had it neutral. The bike rolled forward after getting off and the kickstand collapsed and the bike went down on the left side, almost squishing my dog; I aint never seen that dog move so fast!
I notice I broke the turn indicator and sustained a couple of scratches. Later while riding, I noticed that my foot peg were bent and was angled in towards the front. I got back and got down to inspect and found that the foot peg perch that also holds the pivot for the shifter had bent and cracked because the lowering kit didn't allow enough clearance on the tip over and acted as lever putting stress on the perch it self.
I have gone down a bunch of times on dirt bikes. Always the pegs get bent to the rear and the perches never broke because the frames are steel. On the other hand, the perch on the V1000 is cast aluminum the cheapest metal you can manufacture with, no shock there. Because of the mass extra of the lowing kit, this keeps the peg form folding up properly and allowing the clearance needed so there would not be any stress on the perch. I think Suzuki designed the perches correctly, the mistake of adding of the lowering kit cost me another $62 for a new perch and the knowledge that if one of these things break out there I'm S#!T out of luck, especially for me, since I have a two day turn around on parts assuming the parts are in stock in LA.
I have removed the lowering kits from both bikes and I am tying to learn to live with the cramped knees. I made this decision because there is no replaceable perch on the ST because the footrest perches are cast directly into the frame. :huh: