09-03-2002, 01:44 PM
Rubbed my right roe on a downhill right hand carousel turn this weekend. Scared the shit out of me because this was my first rub. It caused the back end to lighten up a little, which was not fun in the middle of a turn.
I am 6'2 with a size 12 boot. I usually ride with the middle of my feet on the pegs but after that, I tried moving the balls of my feet on the pegs. No more rubbing.... but it doesnt feel comfortable.
Anyone else have this problem?
09-03-2002, 02:02 PM
Riding with the balls of your feet on the pegs is ideal. Not necessary on long boring straights when you just want to move around, sit straight up and relax, but it's a very good habit to get into. It will feel really natural after a couple of weeks, just like sitting to the rear of the seat, and using 2 fingers on the brakes and clutch levers.
It's just one more good habit.
I'm 6'4" 200lbs with size 12.5 boots.
Another good tip: When you lean off put the ball of your foot on the outside edge of the peg and rotate your ankle in, kinda wedged into the frame. this gets your foot in pretty tight and allows you to rotate your knee out and down towards the road.
Try it, you'll like it!:thumbup
Also, if you're grinding your boots or pegs but your kneee isn't on the ground, then you are really leaning the bike and are probably aproaching the max. If you lean off more on the same corner, the bike will stay more upright and has more traction at the same speed. which is safer as well. Your knee scrapes, your toe doesn't, you look cool, and you are further away from low-sideing!
Last bit: if you were on a tight downhill, you may have just compressed the hell out of your suspension in the corner. Try adding preload if your set-up is soft.
09-03-2002, 02:31 PM
Thanks for your pointers. I appreciate the level of detail you provided me, and I will give it a shot. Thanks again.
09-03-2002, 02:58 PM
I completely agree with 9mile, balls of the feet are the only way to go. I have a mate who rides zx7 with the middle of his feet and following him just plain sacres me.
09-05-2002, 12:19 AM
9mile is right, get the ball of your foot up on the peg. Get comfortable with it and it will come naturally after a while. You want to lock it in the same spot every time. You will be balancing some of your weight on it while you're leaned over so you don't want to slip off while in the turn. That has happened to me twice, and I had to increase the throttle to keep from low-siding. It can be tragic if you slip off, so make a conscious effort to get your foot in place while you're setting up for the turn.:thumbup
09-05-2002, 12:42 AM
thanks guys... but do you find that your heel touches the guard (metal plate with the holes drilled in it) when you go to pivot? It seems as though my big ass foot has no where to pivot. lol.
definately getting used to riding on the balls of my feet but pivoting the foot is still troublesome.
thanks again. :thumbup