Motorcycle footpegs add comfort and curb appeal to the bike. Passenger footpegs can allow the rider to safely carry a second person. Custom footpegs that are chromed or decorative can help dress up a stock bike. Some custom footpegs are built with vibration dampening features that can reduce fatigue on extended rides. Highway pegs, which are mounted onto the front engine guards or whisker bars also prevent fatigue by allowing the rider to change their leg positions. This change in position can lessen strain on the knees and thigh muscles and greatly improve comfort.
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Things you need
- Mechanic's tools
- Footpeg kit
- Blue Loctite
Locate the factory footpeg mount. This will be a reinforced hole or holes in the frame near where the footpegs go.
Place the left side footpeg over its mounting holes and align the peg mounts. Put a dab of blue Loctite on the footpeg mounting bolts. Insert the mounting bolts through the frame and into the footpegs. Tighten them hand tight. Verify that the footpeg is oriented where it will fold straight up but lock in the horizontal position. Tighten the mounting bolts firmly. Repeat for the right side peg.
Locate the desired position for clamp-on type pegs (highway pegs). Clamp-ons may be oriented pointing in towards the bike, or out away from it. Place the clamp halves in position and apply Loctite to the clamp bolts. Tighten the clamp bolts firmly.
Install the footpeg onto its clamp. Orient the peg so it folds up at approximately a 45-degree angle pointing towards the back of the bike. This will help protect the peg in the event that the bike gets layed down. Apply loctite to the footpeg mounting bolt and tighten it firmly. Allow the Loctite to set up before riding the motorcycle.
Tips and warnings
- Do not use clamp-on type peg mounts as passenger pegs. The clamps are not designed to support the weight of a person and they will slip on the frame member, creating an unsafe condition for the passenger with the possibility of severe bodily injury.