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Old 04-22-2011, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This might be a dumb question, but here it goes...

How do you have your left foot positioned relative to the peg and shifter? I've been trying to hook the heel of my boot on the peg and rest my toes sort of on the outside of the shift lever so that i can up and down shift without having to reposition my foot. This isnt very comfortable or effective though, lol.

Would i be better off planting my toes under the lever when I'm taking off and resting them on top while cruising? Or something like that?

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Old 04-22-2011, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Proper riding technique is resting BOTH feet in the same position with your toes on the pegs and your heels against the heel guard. When turning, the outside of the peg is where the center of the balls of my feet are. Allows for ease of getting into proper turning position.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Proper riding technique is resting BOTH feet in the same position with your toes on the pegs and your heels against the heel guard. When turning, the outside of the peg is where the center of the balls of my feet are. Allows for ease of getting into proper turning position.
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I am the same way and I agree with this but I've noticed when watching the races most riders seem to have their left foot positioned much as the OP described. I know they are shifting all the time and racing is not street riding but just an observation.
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I am the same way and I agree with this but I've noticed when watching the races most riders seem to have their left foot positioned much as the OP described. I know they are shifting all the time and racing is not street riding but just an observation.
I havent seen that.

Take this video...Rossi and Stoner, among the best in the world (one of my absolute favorite race videos)

0:26...top left red bike...on start off, foot is on the peg, you can see him go down to shift

0:35...you can see Stoner put his boot down to shift, then go back up to the peg

1:17...its harder to tell, but you cant have the body position they have with the foot on the lever

1:23...slow motion, you can see Rossi's left foot on the peg.

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Is it actually dangerous to have your heel of the foot or both feet on the pegs all the time? In my MSF they told us that in turns it could happen that your foot is scraping on the ground and depending on speed even having your foot flying off the peg.

I always have my toes on the pegs and just slide them forward to reach shifter or rear brake. Even on my 125, where you're shifting non stop in traffic.
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I havent seen that.

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I have many times. I download and watch the MotoGP races and Eurosport gives great super slow motion shots and I seem to notice it when the riders are in right-hand turns. Their left foot is centered on the peg, not the ball of the foot. Maybe it's just through the turn.

I know they can't have their foot that way all the time. You certainly can't have your inside foot like that when cornering. You have to be on the ball of your foot.
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Is it actually dangerous to have your heel of the foot or both feet on the pegs all the time? In my MSF they told us that in turns it could happen that your foot is scraping on the ground and depending on speed even having your foot flying off the peg.

I always have my toes on the pegs and just slide them forward to reach shifter or rear brake. Even on my 125, where you're shifting non stop in traffic.
It's not dangerous to ride like that at all. It just doesn't promote good technique for cornering and such, so I dont do it. I guess if you're trying to lean over very far it can be dangerous in the sense that due to crappy weight distribution and bad technique, you'll be more likely to fall.

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I have many times. I download and watch the MotoGP races and Eurosport gives great super slow motion shots and I seem to notice it when the riders are in right-hand turns. Their left foot is centered on the peg, not the ball of the foot. Maybe it's just through the turn.

I know they can't have their foot that way all the time. You certainly can't have your inside foot like that when cornering. You have to be on the ball of your foot.
I'd guess in right hand turns, they're getting ready to shift, so that's why you'll see that. I do that from time to time.
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You can see it in this vid in many places but it's always the outside foot when turning either right or left. If you stop the vid at;

6:33
7:03
7:48

You can see it. Maybe it's for leverage? Everybody seems to do fromt he 125 guys up to and including the premier class.

EDIT: I hate when you post a vid and you can't watch it. You can see it if you go to youtube.
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yep, definitely been doing that wrong. I've had my foot way far forward, glad i asked, lol.
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Here's what I'm talking about. The outside foot is over the peg . Only in turns though.







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