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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dragging pegs

As i've been riding i've been leaning more and more lately, I've notice my pegs start to drag and the soles of my boots are getting scraped in the corner. Is it safe for me to be leaning so far on an old ex500? and once i go too far the suspension starts bouncing around like mad. Gets me wondering it i'm outriding my skill level. I've been thinking i should take it easy or am i just being paranoid?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 05:48 PM
 
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My opinion is ride to the point were you are getting uncomfortable. I have only hit my pegs a few times, and scared myself sh!tless the first time I did it. Just ride safe, and keep the rubber down.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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yea the first time it scared me shitless, and still does give me a scare. Plus i've had a couple of close calls, so i guess that is proof that i'm outriding my skill. But i just get so used to it that it doesnt seem to scare me anymore haha. I just can't get enough of that feeling you get when you're in a good lean though.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 06:02 PM
 
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I don't think that close calls necessarily mean your outriding your skills. Close calls mean your just pushing your limits, which is fine. But when you screw up and drop your bike, then you were outside you limits and need to cut back some. If you don't push yourself, then you won't grow as a rider, thats my opinion atleast.

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 06:02 PM
 
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Untill you hit a bit of grit or something & then you are on your ear & the bike is being messed up. The suspension of the bike is not set up for the extreme banking you are doing & good chance is neither are your tyres. Playing on the roads like that is like playing with the devil.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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yeah that's true, that's always in the back of my mind, what if there's some gravel or junk in the road. And my bike is a standard so i don't think it's set up for such aggresive leans. I guess it's risk versus satisfaction. Gotta find the fine line. I don't wanna ride like some grandpa on a crusier who isn't even up to counter steer speed, but at the same time if something jumps out in front of me in that turn, there's no way i can stop without going wide or laying down the bike. You've got a point smitty, I guess riding a bike will always just be more dangerous than a car due to the all the different phsyics involved.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 06:13 PM
 
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You should check the chicken strips on your tires an make sure your not at the edge of your tread. If your nearing the edge of the tread, then your leaning to the point were you might loose traction and should look for tires with longer treads for the next set. And yea, sand is a bitch, that cold tires, and riding stupid lead to my last wreck. Just gotta live and learn.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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i've got the full tire used up to the treads, but there's about 1/4 inch that doesn't have tread and that's still black with a few spots that look like they touched the ground a bit. I had to lower my suspension cuz it's shot so i majorly tightened the preload. If i had a nice poser bike then maybe i would just take it easy more often and hang out by the local coffee shop, but until i get a good looking bike i'm trying to get some decent skill under my belt. lol
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 06:32 PM
 
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The bike doesn't make the rider, the rider makes the bike. Skill is the most important thing when your out there. If you have 1/4 of your tread still looking fresh, then you shouldn't need to worry about the tires. I would get your suspension looked at though. It's a key part in turning tight, I'm sure you know that. I'm not worried about what my bike looks like, just so long as it runs right. I've had parts of my fairings missing since I got the bike, and managed to completly shatter one in that last drop, but it runs fine, so I'll keep on it. Who cares what Joe Dumass thinks on his new GSXR 750, sure he can pop up his front end right into the back of a car, but he sure as hell cant corner

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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haha i just noticed that some of the stuff i said is a bit sarcastic and may have sounded offensive. Only after i read it again. Just gotta say i wasn't talking about anybody here, haha. Yeah i really wanna try a different bike to see if it's this suspension causing me some troubles. I've got a newer shock absorber on the way, got it off ebay. It's gonna be a while till it gets here. Till then i'll take it easy so i can live to ride another day.
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