Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by wazza300, Mar 21, 2015.
This should give you a few pointers
I have my toes on the peg supporting myself whilst going faster around some bends. I don't stick my foot out to scrape on purpose, I'm a bit cramped when I have my toes on the pegs. But I change position as we go through 30-40's and usually do a nice stretch before another series of corners.
I'll mount a camera and have a look at my foot work.
If you're scraping your boots before your pegs, your feet are either pointing outwards, or on the edge of the pegs, or a combination of both. Tuck your toes in closer to the bike!
It'll start getting expensive otherwise buying new boots.
Are you also sticking your knee out to try and get it down? That will cause your foot to also pivot outwards as it's all connected. Which is fine on a sportbike with high footpegs but not so much on something with lower footpegs.
I obviously don't know, when I ride around twisty roads fast. I usually concentrate on my riding and what's in front of me. Not how I position myself, that comes naturally... on my KTM I use to think through things, but I had time to do it as the acceleration in a straight wasn't great.
I want a sports bike, not for the speed. I mean its fun, but you quickly get bored of it and it doesn't give you that adrenaline hit as going fast around twisty country roads.
unKle, cheers for that link, I'll give it a read before going to bed. I want to get rid of my newbie behaviours on the bike...
I can see the problem after reading that article, like TallPaul_S said, I position myself as I was riding a super sport to drag my knee. Next week, I'll get some rear footage to see how I move around on the bike.
The only problem I see with those guides are, that they're mostly aimed at supersport bikes and riding on track. I don't have a supersport and most of the time I ride on country roads.
This is how I've my foot on the peg, rough idea...
If that was your real positioning of your leg then you'd scrape your knee not your toe slider . My guess is you're duck feeting alot more than you realise. try keep your feet squeezed in.
I would literally put my knee down, I was riding in my kevlar jeans. haha
I used to scrape my foot all the time on the SV, must just be the position of the pegs, but also that was before I knew proper positioning on the bike and could knee down etc.
I have got risers for when I get my old one back on the road.
Duck foot - pointing your toes out, like having your feet at 90 degrees to each other.
When you're sticking out your knee, are you also shifting your arse and hanging off the bike? That's a vital part of knee down as it keeps the bike more upright when cornering. If you're not hanging off/shifting your body around on the bike don't stick your knee out.
Yeah, 1 cheek is off the seat and I position my upper body as if the tank was a door and I wanted to see what's behind it. I think my pegs are a bit lower than usual, an older bloke was riding it before me.
I used this as my guide
you riding with the peg in the instep ?
ride with toes on the peg
Stop riding like a duck
I spoke to a guy who use to own an SV, he said he scraped with his boot too. People told him exactly the same thing, as they did to me... that the positioning of the boot was wrong. I was with my toes on the peg and still scraped the boot... :/
I got videos, I'm just waiting for them to transfer over to my HDD.
Edit: I didn't record the 2nd part, where all the good bends are...
Pre Track day
Post Track day
Nice, but that's cheating!
I scraped my boot when in the alps, twice. First time I only just caught it and didn't really know what it was. Second time I just about took my foot off (or at least it felt that way), absolutely crapped myself.
Still not convinced by the fascination of knee down but then I don't really hang off the bike, I very much sit in mine.
Hanging off lets you go around corners much quicker and in a more stable manner than leaning with the bike.
Also completely pointless unless you want to brag you can put your knee down. (Public roads)
I find hanging off gives me a lot more stability in the hairpins, and I've never put my knee down.
In fact I fell off when I had a heavy rucksack that stopped me hanging off on the hairpins... so I suppose I did get my knee down that day but I ain't bragging
My boot never touches the ground but i tend to have my boots right back on the pegs so id have to grind the rnd of the peg off before it got my boot lol
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