If you know me you also know I’m an avid mountain biker.
Bicycles have pedals (obviously) and motorcycles have pegs. As a principal point of contact they both do so much more than just hold the rider up off the seat.
I remember it was a few years ago at a motorcycle show that I first saw PivotPegz and I thought the concept was pretty incredible.
Picture yourself standing on the pegs going up a steep hill and then back down.
Going up you were straddling the tank and going down your butt should be over the rear fender (or close to it) right? The idea is that when you lean forward or backwards your lower point of contact is not going to be ‘square’ on the pegs. PivotPegz solves that issue by allowing the peg to pivot a little bit – not all the way around like a bicycle pedal – just a little.
They are larger than the stock pegs and for me that was a good thing. I’ve always felt the stock pegs were too small.
Here’s how the installation went.
I started with the right side of the bike. Remove the cotter pin and washer and start pulling the pin out and you’ll find out there’s not enough room.
Luckily, getting the brake lever out of the way is pretty simple. Just remove the pivot bolt (and nut) and slide it out of the way.
There’s a 14mm nut on the backside that you’ll have to get to. It was easy with a 1/4 drive ratchet.
Once the pivot bolt is out you can simply move the lever out of the way. I let it hang straight down from the master cylinder. Now you can remove the peg pin.
I cleaned up the area, grabbed the new peg and spring and tried in vain to get the pin back in. The problem is that you need to compress the spring while getting the right angle for the pin to go in. It really takes two hands leave no hands to put the pin back in.
Luckily my wife was around and is well versed in doing things like this.
Once the pin is back in, add the washer and then a new cotter pin. Reattach the brake pivot bolt and then make sure everything works as it should.
The left side was easier as the shift lever is out of the way. It still took two people.
Overall install time was all of 15 minutes and used just a few basic tools (needlenose pliers, allen and 14mm socket). I would say that anyone could do this.
There’s a rubber insert available to reduce vibration for the road but for now I’ll give them a try like they are.
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