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Peg lowering for bad knees

I have searched the forum and found quite a bit on the Motoworks peg lowering kit; many of the responses are from taller guys with space issues. I am 5'10" with a 32" inseam, so the geometry should be pretty good. The problem is I have one really bad arthritic knee and one fairly uncomfortable one.

The question is: are the lower pegs worth it to alleviate bad knee pain. An inch or inch-and-a-half doesn't sound like much, but I'm hoping the new geometry will help out with pain. I have a long-for-me trip coming up and would like to avoid highway pegs as I have no crash bars and a California model (despite buying it in and living in New York). Thanks in advance.
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I am 6', but only a 30" inseam. I knoticed a huge difference with the peg lowering blocks. I have had my acl done on one knee and I deffinatly like the geometry with them lowered on that knee.

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I plan to do that to mine but just got it and haven't gotten to it yet. I suspect it will make a definite difference in comfort. One of the photos I saw looks like that not only does it lower the pegs a bit over an inch but also moves them forward a bit which further reduces the severity of the angle on the knees. Good luck with your trip.
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It's not much of a drop true, BUT the difference to me was great indeed. I have about a 31" inseam and really bad aim! I was on my mountain bike years ago in VA and zigged when I should have zagged and smack and very large rock, about the size of a car! With my right knee and that knee has never been the same since.

I have problems with tightness and pain after a bit and thought the Moto Werk lower kit wouldn't really help that much but was willing to try anything. I can't say if the drop did it OR the angle or a combination of the two but I can ride all day and the only discomfort I run in to is from my bladder! They are well worth the cost.

I did a Seat Concepts kit and +1 firmness foam and that also gives me a bit more legroom. I'm so happy with their kit I just sold the Sargents Saddle off my KLR and am going to order a kit from them for it.

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6'2" fat guy with arthritas in my hip and knees. The peg lowering blocks made a big improvement for me. MotoWerk has the Highway Peg Mounts for the Cali Models also. ...http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Highway...REVC-CALED.htm

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I'll add my "agree" to those already posted. I'm a youthful 69 years of age and fractured both knee caps years ago. Add to that an osteoarthritic left hip. The Motor Werk lowering kit is worth it's weight in gold. If it helps your decision process, I'm 5' 11" and have a 29" inseam.

The difference isn't much but it makes a huge difference, at least for me.

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You can go here and put in your info for height etc. and then adjust the ergonomics and see how it affects riding position.

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Thank you everyone. It sounds like it isn't just for tall guys. For 47 bucks I think I'll go for it.

LDB--those graphics showed a good deal of leg position change.

Arion,Weljo and Time--It 's amazing how many of us who were active young have a host of joint problems now.

Hawkshot--As a fellow Poughkeepsie guy, I had three knee surgeries at St. Francis hospital in the early '90's--finally went to Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and they did a better job.


I'm planning a Mt Washington and Concord, NH trip early in the summer and was dreading what my knees would feel like at the end of a ten to eleven hour riding day. I think with the Airhawk raising me a bit and the lowered pegs dropping a bit, I should find several comfortable positions.

I really appreciate the prompt, on-issue responses.

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My problems stem from motocross,football injury and being hit by a car. But it beats being a couch potato.

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Yes, if you put in a 1" peg lowering plus a 1" bar rise plus a half inch seat rise due to Air Hawk or whatever else the combination makes a very big change in knee angle and hip angle. I want to do the peg lower, bar riser, mirror extender and frame lower kits from them eventually.
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I know you said you didn't really want highway pegs but that's probably the best way to address your discomfort. For any type of long distance riding, you really need to be able to move around and reposition your legs even if it's just for a few minutes.

I have some highway pegs installed on the SW-Motech crash bars and they help out a lot. I also find that that standing up on the pegs every once in a while helps too.

I just installed a Seat Concepts seat that is slightly taller than the stock seat but it didn't seem to make that much of a difference as far as foot/leg position is concerned. Certainly not enough to eliminate sore knees.


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...The question is: are the lower pegs worth it to alleviate bad knee pain. An inch or inch-and-a-half doesn't sound like much, but I'm hoping the new geometry will help out with pain....
My knees got a bit of a thrashing skiing (5'10", 31" inseam), and I find the MotoWerks 'peg lowering makes my Vs "all-day-rideable". (Just rode two 9.5 hour days last week... )

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Yes, if you put in a 1" peg lowering plus a 1" bar rise plus a half inch seat rise due to Air Hawk or whatever else the combination makes a very big change in knee angle and hip angle. I want to do the peg lower, bar riser, mirror extender and frame lower kits from them eventually.
I have the peg lowering kit and bar riser, and it's a significant change. Much closer to the seating position I had on my KLR. For me (6'0", 32" inseam), it's much more comfortable than stock.

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cant go wrong. I was in doubt when i got them however I could not believe the difference. I had to try something because it was painful for my knees at the stock height. night and day. 6'2 32 inch inseam. totally worth it.
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6' 3", 34" inseam. The peg lowering kit, Baldwin tall gel seat, and some rubber mount bar risers all helped me a bit. Nothing jaw dropping, except the seat has a better contour to keep you from slowly sliding down and forward into the tank. My knees are OK.
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6' 2" with 32" inseam and the peg lowering was a very early mod. I added a Baldwin tall seat and now it's close to perfect. One bad knee and a hip that's going and that $50, 20 minute mod was worth it's weight in gold. I probably wouldn't have bought the Versys if I hadn't known about that kit. It was here in the garage when I brought her home and it got done the next morning.

I played with various bars and risers and settled on the ATV Low bars without a riser.

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34" inseam, bad knees. The cure; pegs lowered, Seat Concepts and re-positioned handlebar slightly (tipped back). Relief.
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Thanks everybody. Peg lowering kit ordered. It sounds like it will help with the knees.


Mtcycle--I may end up going with the highway pegs, but I really don't do many long rides, so I'm hoping I'll be okay. Where are you upstate? I'm in the northern capital region.

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Lowering the pegs was quite easy; Speedy's kit worked well, and once my color printer at work was functioning, I could print off the directions. So far, I only have one short ride in but they feel good. My brake pad is now aligned slightly oddly with my foot, so I'll be moving that around a bit this weekend.

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