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Fitting MFW Vario Foot Pegs (mag wheel)

I've been personalizing my 2015 mag wheel Bonneville for the past year in an effort to make it look the way I want and fit the way I want. My latest project is fitting adjustable foot pegs from MFW. I've never cared for the OEM placement of the rider's pegs — they're a little far forward and I also wouldn't mind just a bit lower. So I picked up a set of MFW Vario pegs from an inmate here and set about fitting them this morning. For reference I'm 5'11" with a 31" inseam and size 11 boot. Fitting the pegs took about 15 minutes, but getting the shifter and brake levers to merge took another 1.5 hours. I'll show comparison photos from the left side. Here's how it went:

These pegs come with model-specific billet aluminum brackets, to which are added one of three lengths of rotating links and then the pegs themselves. I'm using the shortest links; 23mm IRRC. The longer the link, the more drastic the adjustability. The new brackets use the OEM pin and spring, to which you add spacing washers, if needed. I added two washers per bracket. Remove the OEM bracket and fit the new bracket with spring/washers — quick and easy.

Then rotate the pegs in a 360-degree arc to find your sweet spot; mine was at the 7 o-clock position (right) and 5 o-clock (left)...IF I could get the brake/shifter to match up. The shifter was easy, just unbolt, and rotate it down a notch and test. I ended up rotating the shifter down two notches. You'll want your riding boots on when test fitting.

The brake lever on the mag wheel is more of a project — Triumph doesn't make it easy to adjust the pedal height. In any case, I found that I had to remove the plastic side cover, remove the two brake master cylinder bolts so that the master could be maneuvered upward, remove the sprocket cover, remove the clip holding the brake lever pin (hard to get to), remove its pin, lift the master cylinder and long rod upward to get at the 10mm adjusting bolts. Now I could loosen the adjuster bolts and screw the bracket upward to about 90 percent of its travel. This put the lever where I needed it, about 1 5/8" lower than stock. The bike wasn't ready to give up that easily — in order to get the bracket high enough in its travel and still fit the locating pin back in place, I had to cut the lower 1/4" of the threaded rod off.

All set. Reassemble the rod and bracket to the lever, insert its pin and rear clip, re-bolt the master cylinder, fit the sprocket cover, fit the side cover, check the tightness of all the pegs bolts. Job done.

The end result for me was that the pegs are approximately 3/4" lower and 1" rearward from stock. That doesn't seem like much but it makes a very noticeable change. I always felt like the stock pegs were too much like sitting in a kitchen chair, now they're more like a motorcycle. An added bonus is that the big sticky rubber pegs are no longer in my way when at a stop with feet on the ground. They're completely out of the way to the rear — a much more natural placement. I haven't yet road tested them for feel or vibration. And looks? I like the old-school look of the big rubber originals, but these do make more sense, being out of the way of my legs at a stop. MFW offers a peg with a rubber insert, if that's more your style.

These things retail at about $177 from Revzilla; the rubber pegs are an additional $75.

I think this will be a nice mod, at least for me.
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