By October 1, 2007

Peg leg

Almost every motorcycle has special nubs on the rider footpegs. These feelers are made out of metal, and have a round ball at the bottom. The purpose of the feeler is to let you know when you are leaning the bike too far. Really advanced riders unscrew the feelers so they can push the limit even further, but the vast majority of us leave them attached. I bought my FZ6 almost two years ago, and wouldn’t consider myself a big “kneedragger,” and as such never paid much attention to the feelers.

However, as my experience grows and my fear of hauling ass around corners diminishes, I have been leaning my bike over more and more. I’ve enjoyed bombing into the local Starbucks at 60MPH and then swooooping around the turn and then flip the bike over to the other side in order to pull into the parking lot.

I was cruising around last Saturday and took a right hand sweeper really sharply, and felt the bike kinda grind a little bit underneath my foot. I heard the sound of metal on asphalt, and realized that I’d finally touched my feeler down to the pavement. I was scared — not because I thought I was going to fall — but because I had never ground my peg before. After I figured out what the hell was going on, I filled my helmet with a smile. I’ve gotten over my “lean-itis,” at least on my right side. Now I need to find a real gentle left-hand sweeper to start practicing on the opposite side.

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  1. Stomper says:

    Very Cool. Gee when you start coming around with scraped knees (well your leathers have scraped knees) we’ll know you’re ready for racing..or that we should start worrying. 🙂 Congrats on the milestone!!

  2. RacerX says:

    Those are always the first thing to go on my bike. 😉 At least their not running boards… I’ve seen some good crashes from a cruiser grabbing a running board, lifting the back tire off the ground and down all 600 lbs goes!