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Suggestions for new foot pegs

sdmichael

2018
CBR650F ABS
Feb 10, 2019
San Diego, CA
Riding Since
2012
Only a couple of weeks in and I'm considering a change for the bike. I have noticed that I bump my foot pegs when walking my bike. Any suggestions for new pegs? I have a 2018 CBR650F.
 

User2

2014
CBR650F
Oct 23, 2018
Keep them.

They were designed to damp vibration and make your bike more comfortable on longer rides. Replacing them with “rear sets” might increase lean angles but you’ll find yourself liking riding less.

Honda knows how to make bikes easier to live with even if it compromises performance a bit.

If you are 100% serious about “winning” track days then you should be on a Yamaha R6 or better yet the new R1.

I ride on the street to go places and Honda just owns the market when it comes to practical ultra reliable transportation.

That my Cbr650f is also more fun than a barrel of monkeys to ride is what makss it so endearing.

Racing is uncomfortable and scary along with way too exciting for me. I don’t want to be scared of my bike. I want to ride it with a big smile on my face.

It’s your bike so if you disagree then I will defend your right to disagree to the bitter end.

But seriously, you gotta’ be experiencing cognitive distortions to take for granted how great these bikes are.

My Cbr650f will be my one and only bike until I am too old to ride. With Honda’s stellar quality it will still be running perfectly to the bitter end.

It’s my opinion and I accept that it might not matter to you.
 

sdmichael

2018
CBR650F ABS
Feb 10, 2019
San Diego, CA
Riding Since
2012
I'm not looking to race nor lean further. I just don't want to hit the pegs when I'm backing up or having to walk the bike somewhere. A track day for me would mean following trains all day. I rode nearly 65k miles on a bike that had modified pegs, was that way when I bought it. Didn't notice much an issue with it. At this time, I'm merely looking to see what options are available.
 

User2

2014
CBR650F
Oct 23, 2018
I guess I misunderstood your post. I apologize for that. At the same time I have not had the problems you describe.

I have searched for rear sets for the Cbr650f out of curiousity and not found much. I’ll step aside and let my esteemed colleagues on this formum provide more relevant information.

It’s your bike and you have every right to make it what you want it to be.
 

Brammers

2014
CBR650F ABS
Staff
May 30, 2014
Hampshire, England
Bikerzbits (I think that's the name) in Thailand do some rear sets.

He's right about the vibrations though. I've never had the issue with the pegs in the 4 years I've owned the bike either.

J
 

miweber929

2014
CBR650F
650 Alumnus
Staff
Feb 13, 2015
Woodbury, MN
Only a couple of weeks in and I'm considering a change for the bike. I have noticed that I bump my foot pegs when walking my bike. Any suggestions for new pegs? I have a 2018 CBR650F.
I'm not looking to race nor lean further. I just don't want to hit the pegs when I'm backing up or having to walk the bike somewhere. A track day for me would mean following trains all day. I rode nearly 65k miles on a bike that had modified pegs, was that way when I bought it. Didn't notice much an issue with it. At this time, I'm merely looking to see what options are available.


Can you clarify a bit what you are looking to do, like move everything up, back, forward, make the pegs shorter, smaller width, move them down, etc.? What do you hit, the peg or entire assembly?

And when you say “backing up” or “walk the bike” are you on the bike or off to the side?

Lastly, are you hoping to change the entire peg assembly or just the pegs themselves?

The 650F pegs are bulky, but as others have stated it’s because they are weighted and rubberized to dampen vibrations a bit, this bike is known to be buzzy, so if you swap them to a non-rubberized, smaller peg you may feel a bit of vibrations in your feet. I doubt it will be huge but know that going in. Also note, this bike is fairly wide and the pegs are quite a bit forward so even with smaller pegs they may just always get in the way. Decide if it’s worth it before spending big dollars.

I had to walk my bike backwards up an included driveway between my truck and car to properly get it into the garage and don’t remember hitting my shins but as I always tell my wife you hit something enough times and hurt yourself and you'll learn to not to do it that way again so I may have just adapted to moving my feet different. However, I rarely move a bike seated on it, I usually stand next to it, hence my questions and why I didn’t notice a huge thing.

So couple ideas.

There are full rearsets available from overseas that will allow you to move your pegs up, down, forward, backward, whatever to get them out of your way and those pegs are generally shorter but know they are also solidly mounted so if you bump them with your shin, they don’t move and it HURTS BAD. The most drastic and most expensive choice.

Another option are something called Vario (?) pegs, or something like that which replace the pegs themselves with mounts that can be rotated in any direction and you buy a “standard” peg in the design you want, some have rubber inserts, and move them out of the way. I believe, and I’m slightly guessing here, but the mounts really look like the “standard” Honda sportbike mounts so if they don’t list the 650 specifically try the most popular Honda fitment but just be sure you can return them. Downside to these are you will have to readjust your brake and shift levers to match the new position and I’ve seen and heard of people not being able to get them where they want. You are also only looking at 20-30mm moving and they are longer pegs due to the movable pivot so if you hit your shins on OEM there’s a good chance you’ll hit on them.

And lastly, just some cheaper aftermarket “racing” pegs will be shorter and smaller, you shouldn’t have to change anything but the pegs and that might help. The cheapest, most simple option.

eBay is your best choice for all of this stuff, a couple on here have gone rearsets and so far you’re the only mentioning this issue I can remember so you won’t find a ton of info on what works and what doesn’t.
 

bishop

2014
CBR650F
Mar 17, 2018
I was thinking of getting higher pegs to make it sporter, and I'm short. The redesigned CBR650F 2019 is suppose to be higher. Not sure if it's the frame or the foot pegs. I'm going to wait for the dealer to get the 2019 and I can compare the 2014/18 vs the 2019 model.
 

sdmichael

2018
CBR650F ABS
Feb 10, 2019
San Diego, CA
Riding Since
2012
Basically, when I am walking the bike, while on it, backward, I tend to bump the pegs. It isn't that big a deal but somewhat annoying. I've also noticed, unrelated to the pegs width issue, is the heat at my right foot. Gets quite warm when I'm splitting lanes for a while.
 

User2

2014
CBR650F
Oct 23, 2018
I have alpinestar all weather riding boots and wear first gear hd overpants year round and I live near San Jose California. It’s about 35F riding this morning and we can get into the 100s a couple days each summer. I am wearing an insulated textile jacket without sleeve zippers that is totally waterproof because it’s been raining almost every day this winter.

Never noticed any more heat with this bike compared to the boringly long list of bikes I’ve owned since the early 80s.

What gear do you wear? Because I care about always feeling comfortable riding. For example, if you are shivering in the cold, you can’t grip the tank with your legs. That’s why the call it riding instead of sitting on a motorcycle.

In the summer I wear the overpabts with no pants. It’s good up to 100F with a mesh jacket and my fox racing backpack. That backpack is my lucky charm and has been on at least half of those bikes on the aforementioned boringly long list. I have a dozen year old pair of alpinestars leather full gauntlet racing gloves you can see in my avatar at left above this post.

Good gear makes riding 1000x better!
 

sdmichael

2018
CBR650F ABS
Feb 10, 2019
San Diego, CA
Riding Since
2012
Well. the boots are either Dainese Race Out or Alpinestars Supertech-R. In rain, I have a pair of Gaerne dual sport boots. My riding gear is usually an Alpinestars two-piece suit with Missile pants and Celer jacket. My alternative is a Dainese Laguna Seca suit. In cold I add either a thick undersuit and/or balaclava. The issue is the metal adjacent to my foot, which the peg is connected to, gets quite warm. Not something I have noticed before on other bikes.
 

User2

2014
CBR650F
Oct 23, 2018
Then why are you feeling your leg get hot when you are lane splitting?

I guess as my wife would say, “I got nothin’”.
 

miweber929

2014
CBR650F
650 Alumnus
Staff
Feb 13, 2015
Woodbury, MN
Basically, when I am walking the bike, while on it, backward, I tend to bump the pegs. It isn't that big a deal but somewhat annoying. I've also noticed, unrelated to the pegs width issue, is the heat at my right foot. Gets quite warm when I'm splitting lanes for a while.

In your intro post you noted your last two bikes were a KLR650 (great bike, btw) and a Ninja 650, both twins which are inherently narrower bikes than a four cylinder will be so I’m thinking the width of the bike is your main factor and hitting your legs on the pegs will be something that will get better over time and as you get used to it. Based on your description of walking the bike backward while sitting on it nothing short of removing the pegs will get them out of your way, do shorter pegs, moving them up, back or forward simply puts them at the same width, just a little different spot in your legs motion.

Well. the boots are either Dainese Race Out or Alpinestars Supertech-R. In rain, I have a pair of Gaerne dual sport boots. My riding gear is usually an Alpinestars two-piece suit with Missile pants and Celer jacket. My alternative is a Dainese Laguna Seca suit. In cold I add either a thick undersuit and/or balaclava. The issue is the metal adjacent to my foot, which the peg is connected to, gets quite warm. Not something I have noticed before on other bikes.

The pipe output and catalytic converter are all very close to your right boot and footpeg area so additional heat there wouldn’t be uncommon. I’m surprised it’s something you even noticed based on your gear but you just must be able to feel the difference.
 
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