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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to get comfortable on the speed triple.

Man is it hell getting old! It's mainly me and a damaged right leg. My knee is shot and my foot is completely f'ed up. It is all working against me on the Speedy.

From my hip down it hurts and I'm trying to figure out a solution to this issue. Originally the bike had a Sargent seat and Rizoma set backs. Couldn't use either. Couldn't even ride it. Set backs too extreme an seat edged me so tight to the tank it was impossible to be comfortable.

So I put a stock seat on and got stock set backs with a lowering kit. The pegs are an 1.5" lower or so. But I always try to move my butt up and back because my knee just locks up. Shear agony yet. By doing so I'm cutting off my circulation because you need to be in the saddle like you should. The seat gets wider. Honestly it's better forward. But this knee issue is killing me.

Even my good knee get sore so changes need to happen. I go buy a gel seat. It's nice I guess, but not as soft as the Sargent was, but softer than stock by a little and identical to the ergo of stock. Did I gain anything? Not really, but it looks better. So there is that.

I tried changing variables on that app suggested by someone. Looks like an inch increase if seat height might be enough. To make a difference however it puts me a few more degrees bent over which I'm not overly thrilled about doing. Might cause another issue which would need to be addressed.

Not wild about the drop kit. Unknown as to who made it, but I assume an eBay special. While it does drop them it also widened the location of the pegs so now my legs at the hip need to be just a bit wider and I have to toe my feet in just a bit more and that works against me.

Looks like most drop kits attaches a pretty thick arm to the pivot point and relocate the peg. All of which makes the pegs wider. That blows big time! Only one by KD looks to be made of quality and done the way I see right. One solid piece and the drop doesn't widen the pegs out. Issue only appears to be they offer only an inch for the speed. Not like they don't have more of a drop, but not listed for this bike. I must call them. Frankly I want a full two inches and maybe a seat an inch taller. But start with the pegs.

I love this bike I really do. It shouldn't be like this, but all the damage done to my body has made it a challenge. I am not ready mentally to flop down on a cruiser you see. Mentally I want to rip around on a Daytona, but that I know is out.

Suggestions???

I'm working on myself through all this as well. Trying physically therapy to get more strength and mobility in my knee. Hurts like hell, but I'm trying.

Btw I'm 6'1" and a 32" inseam. Not anything extreme or unrealistic for this bike. It's me and the condition of my body that is f'ed up.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-04-2017, 10:00 AM
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I wish I could help. I've got a '12 Speed but I'm 5' 9", with a 30" inseam so my riding position isn't as cramped. ...and I've had the good fortune not to injure my feet, knees, or break any bones in my 63 trips around the sun. So my Speed is pretty comfortable. But my flexibility is definitely limited now...especially in my hips. When I'm seated on the bike with standard peg petitions, if you asked me to lift either leg 1" above the peg I couldn't do it.
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Maybe consider finding a good 1050 Tiger.
Other than that a 800 or 1200 Tiger your just going to live with it.
I'm lucky at 70 years old, the Speed Triple has been comfortable for all day riding. Everyone's different
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If I could get my leg up over a Tiger I'd love to have one also. I think I would really like them for what they are, but yet haven't figured out how to get on one. Looks like a Clydesdale standing next to one.
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I may have too much drop. I have a hard time of it getting my knees to bend and get my legs up to stock height of the pegs. So this lowering kit was worth a try. What I now think is happening is the back of my legs are resting pretty hard against the seat backing where the vinyl cover wraps around. Thought maybe it was my jeans bunching up, but no it's that. In a short time cutting off circulation I think.

So I need to split hairs it seems with the pegs and work that knee some more.
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I am wondering if an "Air Hawk" cushion might not change the ergos and be a little more comfortable?
Cheap to try and saleable if not the answer.
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I am wondering if an "Air Hawk" cushion might not change the ergos and be a little more comfortable?
Cheap to try and saleable if not the answer.
It's a thought and thank you for the suggestion. I ordered those KD pegs with their std 25mm drop. Give them a try
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Discovery, trial and error. As I said before that these cheaply drop pegs I have suck mainly because they kick my feet out wider due to the drop link. Also noticed my hip to my knee just isn't along the tank correctly. Dropped too far.

Now I have been really working on this and today I decided to try. Before there was no way I was going to get my right foot up on that peg in its stock location, but I tried again. Hey what do you know!! I can now!!!

So taking a slow ride around the lake I think the major hip pain will be okay and go away. Way easier to work the controls now. Grip the tank with my thighs is way better, but my knees get pain after awhile. It's still a little much.

So I'm really hoping those Knight Design pegs are the happy medium. Really hoping.

In the meantime hydrate and work on stretching and strengthening my legs better. It's coming along though!! I am so pleased right now!!
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I have a sargent seat on my S3 the thing is like a rock ? but shaped differently than the stocker so it is more comfy
I'm only 5,9 with a 30 inseam so I'm comfy ,my knees are sound so no agony there either , I did break my back on a bike in my 20's but it prefers the lean forward riding position , maybe you need another bike ? or just suffer at youre riding pleasure

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Sargent seat a no go for me. Though mine was soft. I may have it dialed in for me now. Them KD pegs are nice and my flexibility is improving. I might be able to get stock pegs to eventually be comfortable. Bet till then working on it.
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