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Opinions wanted : highway bars, pegs, swingout pegs..???

Now doesn't it feel good for someone to actually ASK for and invite your opinion? (not that any of us need the invitation! Lol)

So I was riding down the freeway last night, coming back from meeting my sweetheart on the other side of town (Phoenix, AZ - long ride) and I was thinking how nice/comfy it would be to have some highway pegs to stretch out on.

I did a little searching here in the forum, and saw some custom made jobbies Chad has, some swingout pegs that LP put on, and of course the classic engine guard that pegs can be mounted to.

I guess I am looking to get some opinions on the general comfort, quality, durability and ease of installation of each of the various options. Of course, I would like to keep the clean look of the bike too, but if the classic bars with pegs setup will allow me to stretch out more, I might end up going that way.

Oh yeah - for reference, I am a 30" inseam.

Thanks for any and all input folks. This forum absolutely rocks, and I am really grateful for it and all the great people on it

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I can see from your avatar you don't have an engine guard. I understand they're hard to come by these days. You might not need one with a 30" inseam though. You're best bet might be to get the kind that hook right to the frame. That will keep the clean look of the bike and also won't obstruct your boots when you're going for the shifter.

There's ALL kinds out there, from around 25 bucks (for both) to around 200. Some are basic and might not even flip up or down and some can be configured anyway you can think of. They're all a cinch to install and most come with all the hardware you need.
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dariv -

Those look pretty cool! I see that it even has the specs on there, if a person had the tools to make their own, they could. But I don't have the necessary tools to fabricate such things. Are the parts used to make these pegs ones that can simply be purchased, or do they have to be machined?

I guess I would also be curious to know if anyone sells the kits, bolt-on ready.


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LP - thanks for the insight.

What about those trick swing-out pegs you got? You think they would do the trick? Are you liking them?


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^ I love 'um, they're fantastic. They are very comfortable, they move your feet both further out and forward a few inches but with them closed, they feel like floor boards. The engine guard doubles as highway pegs so between that and the swingwings, I have several riding positions to choose from. It's flippin' fantastic on those longer rides. I answered your other post in the "equipment" section too. That answer is a little more comprehensive if you wanna give it a read. Let us know what you go with, we all love new bike loot!!

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Those look pretty cool! I see that it even has the specs on there, if a person had the tools to make their own, they could. But I don't have the necessary tools to fabricate such things. Are the parts used to make these pegs ones that can simply be purchased, or do they have to be machined?
All the parts were bought at Lowes...total price was under 30 bucks I think.
Only real tools you need are a good electric drill and the right sized drill bits....and the wrenches to put it on the bike.

For comfort and ease of installation, along with price...I'd get Chads ready made Hi-Way peg mounts ... (if I did not want to do the work myself.)

The "swing out" ones would not do as much on the Vulcan 750 as they do on Liberty's bike.. becuse the 750's pegs are not that far forward to start with. I also have a 30 inseam ....so that is another reason I mentioned Chads.
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Thanks guys

LP and KM - thank you very much for the replies. And I will check out your other post in the Equip section LP.

After reading Knifemakers comments, I am actually thinking I might give it a shot myself first, and then, if I can't GIT-R-DONE (Lol), I can always order the ones Chad has. I do have a drill - 2 actually, one cordless, and one plug-in for more juice - so I could probably do what needs to be done.

In any case, I'll keep you all posted on the progress and the process. And thanks again for the input. It just never seems enough to say "THANKS", but alas, I'm too poor to do much more! Lol



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LP and KM - thank you very much for the replies. And I will check out your other post in the Equip section LP.
Link to posts in Equiptment Forum, just to pull everything together.

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Hey LP -

Those things do look awesome! Question for you : would you say that they provide the same, or similar level, of stretch-out comfort that full-on highway bars with pegs do?

I realize they are smaller, but it almost seems that moving the legs outward would give that same kind of stretch or straightening of the legs that makes highway pegs so comfy. Can you comment on that based on your experience with them thus far?

Thanks!

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The difference between these and highway pegs is these don't raise your feet up the way highway pegs do. These pegs move your feet outward and forward where highway pegs are more like a reclining postion. Highway pegs will give you more stretch just because they move your feet further away from your body - forward and upward. All the postions are comfortable and I like that the engine guard doubles as highway pegs. So now I have several different riding positions; normal, out, up, and all the way up (heels on the "highway pegs"). It really counts on those long trips. Does any of that answer your question? LOL!!

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