Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Highway pegs made from passenger pegs
is clever modification to Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield motorcycles aren't the first thing you think of when you think of highway pegs (an extra set of foot pegs positioned to let you stretch your legs while riding).

The upright riding posture imposed by the Royal Enfield Bullet is not tiring for me But one case for foot pegs might be the one presented by Paul, a motorcycle mechanic in St. Cloud, Fla., who fabricated highway pegs for his Bullet, citing "Florida's flat roads."

What's neat is that he used the passenger pegs to do it.

Paul told me he welded up tubular steel to make the mounting. As you see, the highway pegs still fold up out of the way. There are no clearance issues with the front wheel, Paul said.

He tried using the entire rear peg mounting, but it "looked like a bit too much metal." So only the rubber covered and folding part of the pegs was used, and they are threaded on, not welded. The beauty of this is that the rear peg mounts are left untouched, so the whole thing can be unbolted and put back as original in 20 minutes.

Paul is a Royal Enfield mechanic, and his accent betrays him as a Brit, from London. He likes his comfort, maybe especially because he has a delicate hip and knees, and doesn't like to be "crunched up." He said he devoted a lot of effort to getting his solo seat positioned slightly rearward, for the same reason.

How does it work? "Great, very comfortable," Paul said. For reference, he is 6 feet 1 inch tall.

You can own it. The motorcycle is currently for sale on CraigsList.

What I like about this modification is that it instantly answers the question of what you do with the passenger pegs after you fit the solo seat. The sprung solo seat is certainly one of the most popular modifications for Royal Enfield motorcycles. But most of us who have them leave the dual seat's passenger pegs in place.

Maybe, we think, we'll add a passenger pillion pad someday. In the meantime, the passenger pegs are curiosities. I actually had a guy ask me what they're for.

Well, what are they for? Decoration? Carrying a standing passenger?

Paul seems to have the answer. He graciously offered to provide advice for any of you who want to create your own set of highway pegs this way. If you're serious (and you can handle the welding) write to me at david@royalenfields.com and I will forward your email to him.

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