Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Far Western NC, USA
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Peg Scraping/Knee Dragging in the "real world"...
I took the (new to me) '08 Versys to Deal's Gap yesterday. Prior to buying it a month ago, I had quite a bit of riding experience, but it was on a Goldwing in Texas (mostly flat and straight) and it was many years ago. Needless to say, the sheer number of curves where I live now provide a totally different riding experience. I've never previously scraped pegs, dragged a knee, etc. Even my daily commute here provides a ton of curves to learn on, so after this past month I decided to head out to the infamous "Tail of the Dragon".
I'm sure you all are familiar with Deal's Gap - 300+ turns in 11 miles. Going end to end twice, I leaned the Versys as far as I've ever leaned it, multiple times mentally preparing for the "scrape" of the pegs so it wouldn't startle me, but nothing. After I got home, looked at my tires. The rear tire "chicken strips" now show wear...in other words, I had leaned the bike over enough to use the entire tread edge to edge. For a 2-3 mile stretch, I even kept up with some sport bike guys, so I know I wasn't just taking it easy out there.
So, I guess my question is this...is there a unique combination of factors that have to come together for the bike to be leaned to such an extreme angle that the pegs scrape? Granted, the curves at Deal's Gap are almost all very, very tight, many bordering on "switchbacks". Are long, sweeping curves required? I know others on here have commented about "scraping pegs" and after yesterday I'm just dumbfounded as to what kind of extreme angles/turns come together to make that happen.
Taking the question even further...is that kind of riding "off the track" even safe? Most parts of the country (like here) have curvy roads out of necessity...they're trying work with the "flow" of difficult geography. It's usually one lane each direction. Safely setting up for the curve by "moving to the outside" means literally just scooting over a few feet within your own lane....we're not on a track here. And even then, in the "real world", if you blow the curve, you either go head on into traffic or you go over the cliff. I guess more than anything it's left me scratching my head....