Ergonomics fix for Ninja 250R: adjustable footpegs
May 1, 2009 at 6:41 am #2767eternal05Participant
I don’t know how many of you have been exposed to my whining about the 2008+ Ninja 250R being rough for tall riders. Let me reiterate the problem one last time.
Sport bikes (and many other types of bikes as well, but sport bikes in particular) are designed in such a way that there are indentations in the sides of the bike that your knees fit snugly into. The Ninja 250R, however, has a drastically different geometry for these indentations compared to its larger brethren (650R or ZX-6R for instance). The top of the grooves are much lower on the bike; they’re set in the middle of the tank instead of top of the tank as on larger bikes. As a result, if you’re tall (or if you have a disproportionately large inseam), you’ll have a hard time getting your knees into those indentations with your toes on the pegs. If you try to get to the shift lever or the brake, it will be straight impossible to stay in the grooves. Leaving the grooves causes your inward knee pressure to be focused on the semi-sharp side edge of the tank, which is both uncomfortable and ineffective.
After over a year of griping and whining, I’ve finally been tooling around looking at aftermarket adjustment options. Rearsets are rather expensive (usually around $400), and a lot of them didn’t seem like they would allow a drastic enough change to make a real difference.
In the end, I found a set of adjustable footpegs from Cycle Pirates. Despite not looking great and coming from a brand called “Cycle Pirates,” they are MUCH cheaper than rearsets. The mounts are ~$70 and the pegs themselves are around $50. While it’s still a rip considering they’re just giving you six small pieces of metal, you end up saving around $250+. For anybody who wants to try this out, be sure to get both the mounts AND the pegs themselves (sold separately).
These pegs basically give you a little over a 1″ radius by which you can move your pegs. This means short people could use them to move the pegs up and forward, while tall people can orient the pegs lower and to the rear. When you move the pegs, you will also have to adjust the foot controls. If anybody ends up trying this in the future and wants to know how to do any of the above, or wants to know what it looks like on the bike, let me know.
A warning, however: with the pegs in the lowest position, and both the shift lever and the rear brake lowered to the bottom of their available ranges, there is still not quite enough space on the bike for me. It’s now rideable, whereas it wasn’t really before, but I’m much more comfortable on my larger bike. Why not ride the larger one all the time, then? Two reasons: gas, and potential loss in case of vandalism/accident.
Oh, and I’m 6’4″ with a 35″ inseam, btw.
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