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PostSubject: Highway Pegs   Sun 10 Jul 2016, 15:39

OK, I need helpful suggestions. I installed Honda's leg wind deflectors (which I love), but as I research adding some sort of highway pegs or boards, I see that most involve cutting away part of the front fairing material to make way for mounting to the frame. So, for those of you who have installed the leg wind deflectors, you'll know that you drill and pin the top and bottom of the apparatus, thereby essentially connecting the upper and lower tupperware. Can anyone out there tell me- 1) Is there a way to add highway pegs/boards that wouldn't involve taking the aforementioned deflectors apart (or, can I pry out those pins without damaging things?) and, 2) What might be a good highway peg/board solution that is the most comfortable and offers heel support, if anything? I suspect that boards of some sort will be better for comfort than pegs, but I don't know what's out there. Any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Sun 10 Jul 2016, 16:20

Check my album, linked to in my sig below.

At first I had the Kuryakyn switchblades below, which are pegs that have  retractable heel supports.

I eventually upgraded these to kuryakyn lighted cruiserboards which were much more comfortable.


Both require the Kuryakyn clamps and arms.  

Many silverwing owners have tried for pegs/boards, but I only know of 2 other than my self that succeeded.  In both cases it involved exactly what you said.... temporary removal of the plastic and welding to the frame.

As for removing the deflectors, if you remove the panels you should be able to push those pins back out from the inside if you wish to separate them.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Sun 10 Jul 2016, 16:24

Why highway pegs on an already feet forward bike?
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Sun 10 Jul 2016, 16:47

John,
I want be able to "stretch out" a bit more than I can with factory setup.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Sun 10 Jul 2016, 17:03

Move the but rest back or even remove. As long time rider I find highway pegs really dangerous.....think digging one in, cornering, upsetting your line, etc.....or stuck in your leg.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Sun 10 Jul 2016, 17:49

John,

Moving the butt or backrest is a great idea to try! Its simple, easy and doesn't cost anything.

The problems of highway pegs that you describe are problems of width.

Welding pegs as an extension of the cross member of the frame which is basically just in front of the floorboards could definitely cause the problems you are referring to.

The tubes that sweep upward in front of that cross member are where the Kuryakyn clamping system attaches to.  That, combined with the arm extension of an additional 4-6 inches upward means that the pegs or cruiser boards are up higher rather than just wider.  When my had my bike I could not scrape metal of the cruiser boards or pegs in a turn.  

And they are also designed to fold up so on impact it should not be affecting how the bike slides if you lay it down. Just food for thought.

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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Mon 11 Jul 2016, 00:06

I just installed a Corbin seat on my (don't tell Meldrew) 650GT. On that bike the seat allows the rider to sit about one inch aft of where the stock seat did. I don't know how much different the Silverwing version would be. Corbin asks for one's height and inseam length prior to constructing the seat. They do make very good looking, comfortable seats. I've had them on three bikes now. My current one of charcoal black leather with red stitching to match the scooter color looks great.

http://corbin.com/honda/hsw.shtml
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Mon 11 Jul 2016, 06:20

I like he idea of highway pegs,I have clamped a pair to my 1977 Hawk Hondamatic so I can ride feet forward.I would like to be able to stick my legs out further and I also find the SW too narrow where I rest my feet.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Mon 11 Jul 2016, 07:14

I've got my size 10 boots firmly planted up on the mats in the FF position where the lower wind deflectors really work and keep rain and draughts off my boots and and lower legs. The Silver Wing is a maxi scooter and looks ridiculous with highway pegs fitted, so does the rider with his legs splayed out in the wind.

It's pretty obvious from reading posts over the years, that anyone who buys a Silver Wing and then enquires about removing the backrest for more leg room, or wants to fit monstrosities like highway pegs to mimic the riding position of a cruiser hasn't a clue about maxi scooters generally and has made a mistake getting one.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Mon 11 Jul 2016, 08:03

I don't know about the pegs but I already have moved the butt rest all the way back, next move will be making it into the backrest, simply for comfort nothing else intended. If that's what's needed to make ridding and continuing to ride work for me then it will be done.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Mon 11 Jul 2016, 08:22

Well my size 11's could do with a bit more room,my mates 400 Burgman similar riding position although the backrest is adjustable.Wouldn't be able to ride the Hawk without the highway pegs,I bought a SW because it's a Honda/twist and go/ fast enough for me,arthritus dictates what I ride these days and bollox to what it/I look like when riding Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Mon 11 Jul 2016, 09:18

The backrest is adjustable on the Silver Wing. I used to have a Utopia backrest on my Helix which was useful was useful, but the Helix didn't have a hinged seat and gas strut because there was no underseat storage. If I want support for my lower back I wear a kidney belt, or my rigid Knox back protector that has a kidney belt as part of it. With a suit fitted with flexible D3O armour, an Ortlieb bag strapped on the pillion seat works as good as the Utopia did.

Fitting lower leg wind deflectors are much more useful and better suited to the British climate than butchering the body work to bolt on a couple of glorified cycle pedals or chrome pegs to ride the odd summer day in the gyno's stirrups position.

If I need to stretch my legs on a long ride I just bring leg out of the FF position and extend it out and stretch, then move it back and do the same with the other leg. I can raise one or both butt cheeks of the seat and stretch too. I find doing this I never have any aches and pains even after a full day in the saddle, and at present my Airhawk cushion gets used more on concert seats than it does on my scooter.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Mon 11 Jul 2016, 11:22

That installation of the foot pegs seems to be a good one.  It appears to be a solid connection and if the owner likes it, then it is perfect for them.  It probably is not an option for me, but I see the value added he obtained.  

It really boils down to the owner's choices.  Cup holders, alternate windshield, custom seat and back rests, throttle locks, luggage, top boxes, 12 volt outlets, heated grips and seats, scooter blankets, trailer hitches, car tires, cooler racks, led lighting, GPS, tire pressure monitioring systems, bike to bike communications, custom graphics and doo dads galore and they all can be found on our scooters.

Hell, I was reading about some guy finding it to his delight to change the led color to the dash lights and posted how he did it.  

Not my cup of tea always.  I don't even like tea.  

I have not sat on the Silverwing for any long rides yet.  My bike came with the stock seat and a Corbin seat.  I tried both and the Corbin is now on the bike.  I like the additional real estate the Corbin provides.  

Riding feet forward is always a switch for riders who are used to riding with pegs under them, such as in a vertical position.  When one's feet are forward, most of the body weight is on one's spine.

I have a custom sheep skin seat cover on my Goldwing and it provides an incredible amount of comfort for me but something like that is not for everyone.   If I found myself riding for extended time on the Silverwing, I believe I would fit one on it.

When I need to stretch on my Goldwing, I can just stand up and ride standing for a minute and then sit back down.  I have done so at 65 mph without any concern about stability.  Has anyone tried standing up while riding the Silverwing?  I might try it sometime.  

My point is, whatever floats your boat is good for me with few exceptions.  Such as disabling the side stand safety switch.  It might appear to be a convenient mod to have your scooter be able to idle sitting on the sidestand, however, when the scooter gets sold, the new owner (often inexperienced new riders) has no idea that their safety has been compromised.

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I am not sure what the legal responsibilities of disabling the side stand safety switch would be.

This forum is good in that it removes the time and distance between like minded individual Silverwing owners.  

Hell, there are some past Silverwing owners that stick around long after they sold their Silverwing and add to the flavor of the forum.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Tue 12 Jul 2016, 08:26

Modernman you make some good points. I have Kuraykin hiway pegs on my Goldwing but seldom use them as standing up on the pegs, the geometry is near-perfect and I can ride that way for enough time to stretch out and feel much better. Almost like being on a dirt bike where riding the pegs is the thing to do! I have sadly tried this on the SWing and it no workee. At least for me the placement is all wrong and it is not workable at all. That said, I have taken many trips on the Silver Wing and have survived wonderfully with the stock seat and a Cee Bailey windshield and no hiway pegs...

I suspect it has a lot to do with size of the individual, height, inseam et al. I am just under 6'0" tall and have a 32 inch inseam and considerable ballast ahem. In short, it is your scoot, make it work for YOU!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Tue 12 Jul 2016, 16:05

standing up on SilverWing=not good way to get relief or stretch. Better every 50 miles or one hour, stop, get off---pee, walk around bike, go again. Worked for me for over 1.5 million miles....and some long days
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Tue 12 Jul 2016, 17:10

I used to stand up now and then on my Goldwing. For some reason I used to get cramps in my hip area riding them. A stand up would relieve them in a minute or two. Also when riding in the rain a quick partial stand up into the wind would clear my helmet face shield. One thing about the maxi scooters is that I never get those cramps riding them. Two of my friends report the same thing since they've gone to the SW from a GW. I suspect it's the obstetrical position on that wide bike that causes it.
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Tue 12 Jul 2016, 18:46

exavid wrote:
obstetrical position
lol! rolling laughter
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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Wed 13 Jul 2016, 02:30

dspevack wrote:
exavid wrote:
obstetrical position
lol! rolling laughter

That is funny right there, I don't care who you are.

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PostSubject: Re: Highway Pegs   Wed 13 Jul 2016, 19:14

Well, anyone who's spread their legs around a Goldwing, especially with highway pegs is in the right position for birth. I've never needed pegs on my SW or 650GT nor the B650 I had but the GL1500 and GL1800s required pegs to be comfortable on long runs. It's probably also true that those two models of GW tend to cause one to make long trips. I love the maxi scooters, but nothing on two wheels can match the GW for a long haul.
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