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post #1 of 9 Old Dec 29th, 2016, 11:45 pm Thread Starter
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Highway Pegs

I have fitted my R1200RTW with Ilium crash bars front and rear. A thought of Highway pegs has crossed my mind. I ride, half the time, on an 02 Harley Wideglide. It has forward controls and it is very comfortable to ride . It does mean my suspension and back absorb all road bumps. With foot pegs below I can stand a bit on real rough roads. So my objection to Highway pegs is the shift and rear break are behind and could be an issue in an evasive maneuver. The RT is fitted with a hand brake that operates the front and rear brakes. It has the Shift Assist Pro. This leads me to wonder what it would take to install a tank side suicide shifter. What a combo with Shift Assist. I think I will look into this. The best of two worlds.
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post #2 of 9 Old Dec 30th, 2016, 12:09 am
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Re: Highway Pegs

Are you trolling?

To ride safely I would want the controls to be engrained in muscle memory not trying to decide should I move my feet or take my hand from the handlebars to accomplish a shift.

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I am not or do I "Troll" . This is in fact something I have thought about.
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I bought my bike used (1500 miles) and it already had the Ilium crash bar and highway pegs installed. I have owned the bike 7 months and have not used the highway pegs yet. I have tried a couple of times but it is a bit awkward and one does have to shift position to reach them and then, as you thought about, in an emergency I would have to shift again to get back into another position.

The only place I can imagine me using them would be on a very long and deserted interstate.

I have a friend that rides a Harley and he uses his highway pegs all the time but I don't think it changes his riding position as much to use them.

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Re: Highway Pegs

I had wunderlich engine guards & ilium hwy pegs on my 2011. I did use the hwy pegs when returning from AK, on those 700+ mile days. I can say I usually only had one foot on a hwy peg at a time. Just allowed me to stretch the legs without a need to stop. Just another POV.
PS... I would not think a hand shifter would be any advantage since the hwy pegs should only be used on interstate.
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I think they might be useful if you're doing IB rides and doing a fair amount of freeway time on those IB rides, but frankly it seems important to keep alert and awake to get off the bike at the least every 90 minutes or so which often is fuel and restroom and food stops anyway, and if you're doing this it's a hard argument in favor of highway pegs for the various reasons you and others keyed in on. If you've got musculoskeletal problems that make the ergos on RT wrong for you, bum hips or knees or low back etc then could be the WideGlide is truly the better fit.

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Noel, I have now read your reply a number of times and get a chuckle each time, so I just couldn't resist replying. 90 minutes? I ride longer than that to get a cup of coffee.
As for muscle or skeletal problems? Got both and an ST is a much better bike with regards to not aggrevating than a cruiser.
When traveling to a destination I will generally ride from fill up to fill up. I would assume most follow a similar pattern. When putting about I prefer stopping at a 2 hour interval or when I come across something worth a stop. Again I guess most folks do the same.
Hwy pegs just give you another option to stretch out or relieve some pressure without adding a delay in your ride.
I did read somewhere that when riding you should drink enough fluid's that you need to relieve yourself once an hour. Supposedly it wards off dehydration. That's the big issue when riding distance, hot or cold. Guess this suggestion is similar to yours.
I found the best advice for long rides to ward off fatigue was to take a 15 minute power nap mid day. I will stop at 12 hours of riding at a proper sit down meal for an hour. Afterwards I am good for another 12.
We all have our own habits, but it doesn't change my opinion that a suicide shifter would not be worth the R&B time on the RT
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Re: Highway Pegs

I've had a set of generic highway pegs and a set of Iliumworks highway pegson my '14 RT. Iliumworks cost twice as much and are worth every penny. Yes, they are good for long stretches of highway but also useful for just changing your position. Having somewhere else to rest your feet or stretch your legs keeps you comfortable and alert.

I'm with Teach...90 minutes rarely even gets me to the "100 mile rule" for breakfast.
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I'm looking to get highway pegs also. At 6'4" - I need to stretch once in a while. When I had R1200C, I would often have my legs on top of the cage over the engine heads. It wasn't a peg, but it worked well. I also tried using the passenger pegs but that seemed much more risky should I need to get my feet back quickly.

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