MotoAmerica Tech Tip #6: They Made Them Adjustable, So Adjust

Sixth in a series of helpful pointers written by MotoAmerica’s technical manager.

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They made it adjustable, so…adjust the shift lever.

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I see a lot of people who buy a new motorcycle continue to ride it in exactly the same way it rolled off the showroom floor. They don’t make any changes to make the bike fit them better, and this can be a mistake.

Last week in Tech Tip #5, I wrote about adjusting the clutch and front brake levers. Now, let’s look at some of the other adjustments.

To get started, put your bike in a wheel chock and sit in your normal riding position. You may want to put on your riding boots for this as they are usually thicker than shoes and may give you a different feel.

I like to adjust the shift lever so it is centered with my relaxed toe position. With the lever centered, I only need to lift or lower my toe by the same amount to get under or over the lever. Do what feels best for you.

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Shift rod should be angled 90 degrees to the lever mount and transmission-actuating arm. Never move the actuating arm to achieve the position you want; always use the rod for adjustment.

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For the rear brake, I like to set the pedal so my toe just barely rests on it when my foot is fully forward. Generally, you should be riding with the balls of your feet on the pegs.

If you have adjustable rearsets, you should move the pegs so your legs can comfortably engage the fuel tank when cornering to help support your body while braking. Never move the pegs so high that you can’t easily transition from side to side on the bike.

Motorcycles were made to be tinkered with, so start tinkering.

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They made it adjustable, so…adjust the brake pedal.

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