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Old 11-06-2012, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Foot pegs scraping = heart starter!!

I've only had my Storm for a couple of weeks now and I've been waiting for it to happen and it did today.
Turned a corner a little harder than I should, I got down low and scraped the foot pegs (or peg protectors/spikes) on the road. I apologize to the car behind me that I'm sure was hit by my sudden bowel release!! I wasn't expecting it and I don't mind saying my heart survived the sudden shock it recieved when it happen. Scraping the road as I did, scared the crap out of me, however I was also thrilled that I finally got my 'training wheels' off and ready to do it again... but not anytime to soon!!


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Old 11-06-2012, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty soon it will just become normal. The first few times are a bit of a whoa moment. But then you'll just be mad that you can't lean further ! I think this bike is capable of a lot more lean but i feel it's a good thing because it keeps you from getting too stupid. It's funny because the very thing that makes the bike such a great handler (low center of gravity) is also the very thing that causes it to have so little ground clearance. It's also a good thing because it gives you warning that you are approaching the limit after which you start grinding away on the pipes or cat or other parts that could lift the wheel and send you down the road w/o your bike.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wheres my video camera???
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wheres my video camera???
??? Not sure what you mean by that, but assuming you mean videoing myself scraping the foot pegs... I not experienced enough as a rider to do intentionally. Believe me, it was a heart starting moment!!


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Old 11-06-2012, 03:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I rarely scraped my pegs on my Bonnie, but the Tbird touches down more easily. It does stop me from riding overly aggressively which is probably a good thing.
My right side peg "feeler" regularly scrapes and is ground down to the point where it is due for replacement. The left side has not touched down nearly as often. Not sure if it just how I ride or a Southern hemisphere thing.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It did get my attention when it first happened now if I'm not scraping I'm not riding . buy the way where is a good place to buy new peg feelers . I am on my 2nd set and there allmost gone crousity of the Tail of the dragon and the Cherohala skyway.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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just hang off the seat a bit and move your head out to look over the mirror when cornering and youll get much more speed through a corner because the bike sits up more .
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I've only had my Storm for a couple of weeks now and I've been waiting for it to happen and it did today.
Turned a corner a little harder than I should, I got down low and scraped the foot pegs (or peg protectors/spikes) on the road. I apologize to the car behind me that I'm sure was hit by my sudden bowel release!! I wasn't expecting it and I don't mind saying my heart survived the sudden shock it recieved when it happen. Scraping the road as I did, scared the crap out of me, however I was also thrilled that I finally got my 'training wheels' off and ready to do it again... but not anytime to soon!!


Vespa to the Storm!

You'll just get accustomed to it and after a while, you'll start wishing this bike had more "lean" built in. Dazco is correct ... what makes it such a great handler also limits its ability in the turns.
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I never get accustomed to it. The feeling is like nails across a black board.


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I never get accustomed to it.
Nor have I. Decades of riding and it's still something I'm not particularly comfortable with.
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