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Couple of Beginner Questions

Still getting to know my Versys- In reading the manual, it suggests certain speeds at which one should up or downshift through the various gears. The MPH settings for upshifting seem low to me. Iv'e been advised by an experienced friend to just use feel to determine when to shift. How seriously should I take the info in the manual?
My other question concerns the footpegs; I'm getting mild cramping in my ankles from the position my legs need to be in while riding. I'm 59 years old, which may be a factor, and just under 6 ft tall. I feel as if I would be more comfortable if the pegs were just a couple of inches lower- is there any way to adjust this?
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As for the shifting, shift when it feels right! If your breaking it in, vary the speeds!

As for the leg length, although I am shorter and do not need to lower the pegs, most taller folks here who have installed speedy's lowering blocks for the pegs love them!!

http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Lowerin...FPG-LWR-RA.htm

Highly recommend speedy's stuff. I have the handlebar risers as well as the lowering kit & flatfoot.

Good luck!
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As for the shifting, shift when it feels right! If your breaking it in, vary the speeds!

As for the leg length, although I am shorter and do not need to lower the pegs, most taller folks here who have installed speedy's lowering blocks for the pegs love them!!

http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Lowerin...FPG-LWR-RA.htm

Highly recommend speedy's stuff. I have the handlebar risers as well as the lowering kit & flatfoot.

Good luck!
I agree, other than the short part! I have the Motowerk lowering blocks and they work great. I teamed them the the bar riser also from Motwerk and a Seat Concepts saddle kit with +1 foam and the cockpit is now larger on my Versys than on my KLR.

BYW I paid MORE for the Sargents Saddle on my KLR than the blocks, Riser and Seat kit on my Versys.

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I'm 51 with bad knees at 6'2" the first purchase for my versys was the moto werks peg lowering blocks and mirror extenders. The lowering blocks took alot of pressure off my knees.

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I'm 51 with bad knees at 6'2" the first purchase for my versys was the moto werks peg lowering blocks and mirror extenders. The lowering blocks took alot of pressure off my knees.
+1 Although what happened for me was I stuffed a bunch of foam into the front of my seat (to level it) and put an Air Hawk on. The 2.5" I gained was fabulous on my legs, knees! .....

After break in you shift the way you like too! JMO





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I'm thinking about getting the peg lowering blocks...but it just seems hard to believe that 33mm, is really going to make a difference!!
But everyone says it does, so I'm going to give it a try....
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I'm thinking about getting the peg lowering blocks...but it just seems hard to believe that 33mm, is really going to make a difference!!
But everyone says it does, so I'm going to give it a try....
Cheers
I felt the same BUT it's right at 1 3/8" and that offers just enough more legroom to make it nice and comfy for my bum knee. I had a Buell and it was so cramped that even with a 2" drop my knee was killing me after an hour or so. I did a 7 hour round trip after I got my Versys set up without a problem.

Sometimes it not how much the drop is, it's the angle of the knee that helps.

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I'm 51 with bad knees at 6'2" the first purchase for my versys was the moto werks peg lowering blocks and mirror extenders. The lowering blocks took alot of pressure off my knees.
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I'm thinking about getting the peg lowering blocks...but it just seems hard to believe that 33mm, is really going to make a difference!!
But everyone says it does, so I'm going to give it a try....
Cheers
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Re: Couple of Beginner Questions

I'm 6' with a 32" inseam, and the lowering blocks were my first purchase. I love them. If I could only choose one accessory, this would be the one I would buy.

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I'm 6' with a 32" inseam, and the lowering blocks were my first purchase. I love them. If I could only choose one accessory, this would be the one I would buy.

Dave C
+1 on those block

I would also choose this one if I was allowed only one


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