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PostSubject: Short Legs & Foot Controls for Suzuki M800   Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:39 pm

I have quite short legs and find the stretch for the brake and gear change very difficult and dangerously distracting, is there a kit that reduce the stretch, ideally I would like a more conventional foot peg layout, I drove my bike from Glasgow to Gibraltar Spain and really found the foot pegs gear change, brake a major issue, any suggestions most welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Short Legs & Foot Controls for Suzuki M800   Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:29 am

Steve my initial concern is that you are struggling with reaching your rear brake pedal. I know that the majority of breaking is is actually done by the front brake but we should never forget the importance of the rear brake in balancing out and assisting in slowing down. Also the importance of the rear break in controlled low speed manoeuvring.
Although there are extender kits for break and gear change, I have personally never read of one to reduce the distance!
You can however make some changes to your seating and handle bar ergonomics that could make surprisingly dramatic changes to your comfort and safety.

Determine if you're leaning forward or reaching for the handlebar controls. If so, it may be shifting you in your seat by making you lean which will roll your hips forward, pulling your legs backwards and extending the distance your legs need to cover to reach the pedals. Consider adding pull-back riser's or checking out a new handlebar setup that pushes your hand controls towards you. You could be very surprised by how much difference shifting your body position can make to your leg travel!

Also consider having a new rider seat professionally made or having the stock one re-shaped, you could easily do this yourself. By removing the seat cover which is stapled on you could shave away the the foam from the front of the seat and add a little to the rear of the seat before re-stapling the seat cover back on. by doing this yourself or having an upholsterer do it for you, you would be lowering your seating position, moving your bottom forward and cupping you in a forward seated position.
Also as you are short legged you could adjust the suspension pre-load which will drop the height of the bike, this won't help with the controls but will be safer whilst not moving.

I wish I could have directed you to a pedal distance reducer but thats one I have never heard of before, I am sure you could have a bespoke setup made but that'll be expensive.
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PostSubject: Re: Short Legs & Foot Controls for Suzuki M800   Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:37 pm

Some extremelly well thought out advice there from Mr I with regards to body position and how that affects the possible operation of the controls.
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PostSubject: Re: Short Legs & Foot Controls for Suzuki M800   Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:30 pm

Steve as Dave surgested the handlebar option may be easiest,try and get a handlebar from a c50 Suzuki these have more of a pull back,which in turn should push you forward.If you go this way,you will have to direct your cables to the back of your trees to make them fit.(easy job).There are other bars that will pull your arms back ie: Triumph just thinking of easy options which can be changed without too much modification.You could also place a block to your brake pedal to give you a couple of inches,if you fabricate well it would not look out of place.(You may have to use running boards instead of pegs).Hope this helps.
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