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Jun 9th 2020, 04:19 PM   #1
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  Apr 2016
  Des Moines, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
Old bike woes and workarounds, lowering footpegs

Some folks have short legs and, while on a bike, have difficulty reaching the ground. That's a problem I don't have. My legs are so long that I have a hard time folding them up enough to fit on a sport bike.

Still riding the 1987 Yamaha FZR1000. I have been putting up with this bad fit since I got it running, a few years ago. Why? Because aftermarket parts of any kind that are designed to fit this machine are hard to find. The only ones that I could find are CNC made parts that cost upwards of $160 for the set, plus shipping.

Time to break out some flat bar steel stock and fabricate some lowering brackets. Sorry, no step-by step photo shoot. Let's just say that it took some cutting, drilling, grinding, filing, and a little welding. As per my usual fabrication style, no stock parts were altered in any way. To avoid losing any lean angle, and making sparks, I removed the stock peg feelers.

Yes, I still need new pegs, the right one was broken and welded back before I bought the bike. The pegs now sit 1.1 inches lower than stock, and 0.75 inches forward from stock. The only way that I could have avoided going forward would be replacing or somehow altering the stock exhaust, a one-piece unit, or widening the rearset stance somehow.

Here is the end result. Now, for the first time, my knees actually rest comfortably within the side pockets of the fuel tank. My legs aren't folded up at such an acute angle anymore, so long rides should be more comfortable.
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Jun 11th 2020, 04:41 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Well done, take on a problem and solve it the old fashioned way! Shortening the distance to your shifter by that much should not be a big deal, just learn a new muscle memory for your foot. I too have longer legs and with riding leathers/gear bunched at the back of the knee it could pinch nerves/blood flow and be painful. On at least 2 of my bikes over the last 44 years of riding I have just replaced the rubber topped factory pegs with solid serrated metal, like from GP Werkes or even just swapped the a passenger sticks forward. This drops the distance by maybe 3/4" but it has been enough to really help. Keep your old girl running!!
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Jun 20th 2020, 11:12 AM   #3
 curve addict's Avatar
  Apr 2016
  Des Moines, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
Update: I took a 300 mile run recently. That small change made a huge difference in my riding comfort. The foot controls are easier to use now, and no knee pain! I'm a happy camper; should have done this long ago.
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