Custom/Stock OE Highway Pegs
I really wanted to mount highway pegs to my SW-Motech crash bars. The problem was the only pegs that I liked were too expensive or wouldn't work the way I wanted. I mean with all the accessories out there you would think that I could find something. I bought a set of cheap pegs from Heeters.com. I kept looking at them, trying this and that but wasn't happy with anything. And I really didn't like the look of them anyway.
Then I had an epiphany, the passenger pegs on my bike go completely unused. There were 3 things the passenger pegs had over all the other pegs on the market... 1. They match the rider pegs. 2. They have a compact simple mechanism for folding away. 3. They were available at no cost, free shipping. Oh, 4 things... they pop right off with a small screwdriver.
With my rusty trusty digital calipers I got to work. I made some quick sketches and scribbles. Using a few common grinders, cutters and a rather nice welder from work...Viola! (I'm paraphrasing, it took a few hours of tinkering to get the right combination metal and how to recreate the factory peg mounts so the folding operation worked correctly).
Then for mounting I purchased 2 sets of Bike Master's Extra Upper Clamp (M6) for about $20 apiece. The lower bar on the crash bars is 7/8" (approx 23mm) so mounting the clamps back to back worked perfectly. An added bonus was I didn't need to modify the crash bars in any way. This is great if I ever want to move or remove the pegs, there should be no unsightlyness to the bars. Went to my local fastener store and bought some Stainless Steel hardware. The best idea was to use the shoulder bolts (8mm shoulder, 6mm thread) but it took some 'precise calculation' (and guess work) trying to figure out where to cut the shoulder bolts and not be too long or too short. After that was figured out, mounting was relatively easy.
The Bike Master clamps came with hardware but it wasn't long enough so I used longer SS M8 cap screws with nylon lock nuts for the clamping action. For installing the new brackets I made, I had to drill out the M6 threads on the clamps to 8mm. Added washers between the clamps so when I tightened the shoulder bolt it wouldn't over stress the aluminum clamps. Now I have a great mounting system that is fully adjustable. These mount to any of the lower crash bars, at any angle. And they are sturdy. I haven't stood on them with all my 250# but they don't move.
The factory pegs have nice anti-vibration built in. They are angled just right to fully meet the sole of my boot and fold away in a good position. And they look as if like they are a factory part of the bike (because they are). Best of all, now I can stretch my legs out on those boring parts of the ride.
Just thought I would put this out there for everyone's information, enjoyment and possibly amusement.
2011 Versys 650
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