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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-15-2014, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Highway Pegs Caught the Pavement -- Clearance?

New rider here; my 750 is my first bike and I just got it a week ago.

I have a set of highway footrest pegs on my bike that are a little bit on the long side. I found this out the hard way while in a roundabout. I was taking the turn a little fast, so remembering my MSF instructors advice, I just countersteered to increase my lean--and the left footrest caught the asphalt! My left foot came my primary peg and hit the asphalt, and the bike came back upright--I think somehow catching the pavement caused my wheel to turn in (left) sending the bike to the right, and conveniently getting the footrest off the pavement. Fortunately, I recovered and didn't wreck.

Now my question is, does anyone have helpful diagram or list of Vulcan lean clearances? That is to say, a diagram that will show me the maximum length of anything sticking out perpendicular from the body, in order for it to not catch the pavement at the Vulcan's maximum lean?

I'm going to take the footrests off for now. I might shorten them and put them back on for a road trip, but for now, they're a hazard--I find myself checking my ground clearance when I'm taking turns instead of paying attention to where I'm going.

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Normally the first thing to touch is the "feeler nut" on the bottom of the stock footpegs. If you have anything sticking out further you're in for trouble.

I guess you can use a sheet of plywood or cardboard placed at the edges of both tires to determine how far your highway pegs need to be moved so this doesn't happen again. Generally you went them mounted higher to compensate for them sticking out more...

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In addition to what KM said before, you may want to mount them a little higher than the feeler on the front pegs. The pegs can bend inward when scraping to allow additional clearance, so take that into account.

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I am curious as to what you have installed and what they look like.
Can you post a photo so we can get a visual idea of how far they stick out and how they are mounted?
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